See How The Fen Tigers Worked

PUBLISHED: 10:53 26 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:23 04 May 2010

Eel catcher Peter Carter at work

Eel catcher Peter Carter at work

IF you want to see first-hand how people live and worked in the Fens years ago, then go along to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Welney for a Fen Tiger s Tale on Sunday, June 1.  People who made a living from the harsh Fen landscape were know as Fen Tiger

IF you want to see first-hand how people live and worked in the Fens years ago, then go along to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Welney for a Fen Tiger's Tale on Sunday, June 1.

People who made a living from the harsh Fen landscape were know as Fen Tigers. Demonstrations of the Fen Tigers trades can be seen throughout the afternoon, and these include; duck decoy carving, basket-making and eel trap making, all of which were vital skills for local people. At 2pm, and 3pm visitors can watch a presentation and display of how the wildfowlers of the Fens used the punt gun to take birds of the washes. Outside the observatory you can take part in an 'eel' throwing competition.

You can also learn how to entice wildlife into your garden by watching a demonstration on how to construct a rootarium arch, which was a feature in the show garden created by Giles Landscapes at the 2005 Chelsea Flower Show.

John Smith will give a display of skating through the years with a collection of skating and cycling memorabilia. As well as the display the Fen Skating group will be giving a demonstration of their in-line skating near the car park and possibly even a race.

Experience the Fen Tiger's love of music by listening to local folk band Eel Pie perform in our Wigeon Cafe. Or take part in the Molly Dancing Workshop, from 2.30pm.

* The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust is the largest international wetland conservation charity in the UK. WWT's mission is to conserve wetlands and their biodiversity. It undertakes a range of research, education and consultancy work into wetland bird population monitoring, threatened species, land management and wetland restoration.

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