United Kingdom Ely Cathedral from Roswell Pits

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Andrew Sharpe

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The pits were a source of gault, an impervious clay used to maintain river banks in the low-lying regions of the South Level of the Fens. Since extraction stopped, they have become a wetland wildlife habitat. The reserve is in two adjacent areas, and access is from Kiln Lane, which provides a barrier between them. These former clay pits have lakes and reedbeds. Birds include common terns, kingfishers and reed warblers, there are flowers such as bee orchids and emperor dragonflies.

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