Lowland wetland habitats are one of the most threatened habitats in the UK. As wetlands can support such a large and diverse species pool their dramatic decline, particularly since the industrial revolution, has had devastating effects.

Wetlands can be described as areas of land that hold a large amount of moisture this can be seasonal such as with carr (wet woodland) or floodplains, it can also include riparian areas such as river banks.

Though not necessarily always wet this globally important habitat creates a vital link between land and water, such as floodplains, reedbed and fen.  Their importance is critical in the management of flooding and as a way of purifying and storing water for aquifers.

Discover more about Pensthorpe's work with the River Wensum Restoration and Floodplain Enhancement Project.