Abstract Created in the seventeenth century during the draining of the Fens, the Ouse Washes, Norfolk/Cambridgeshire, comprise a series of reserves managed by the RSPB, the WWT and the Wildlife Trusts of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. The washes are famous for attracting spectacular aggregations of waterfowl in winter, most notably Bewick’s Cygnus columbian

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