The visitor centre will be located off the B660 which runs roughly west-east between Holme and Ramsey St Mary′s, approximately 8 miles south-east of Peterborough. The 66.14ha New Decoy site lies immediately north of the B660 [referred to locally as Long Drove] centred on Grid Reference Easting 522 818 Northing 288 287.
The new visitor centre will form the primary focal point for the Great Fen and its associated activities. The site will serve a number of different visitors: those interested in landscape, wildlife or habitats; educational visits (from school children to “third age” learners) supporting education in heritage and ecology; and the visiting public, both local people and tourists, who want a ‘brew and a view’ or perhaps a picnic or a day out to explore the fens or somewhere to bring the family. Extensive community use of the building and landscape is also envisaged.
Planning permission was achieved in 2011 to create Making the Fens landscape at New Decoy. This will deliver a taster experience of landscape scale change to visitors at their first point of entry to the Great Fen. It will present a ‘fen in a microcosm’, with a mosaic of mini habitat areas comprising pools, wet grassland and dry grassland.