Denver Sluice flooded with people at open day

Ouse Fest Fun Day at the Denver Sluice Complex'Joseph Davis (10) holding an American Signal  Crayfish, with Gareth Thomas from the Environment Agency ANL-150728-171605009
Ouse Fest Fun Day at the Denver Sluice Complex'Joseph Davis (10) holding an American Signal Crayfish, with Gareth Thomas from the Environment Agency ANL-150728-171605009
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Boat trips were one of the popular attractions at an open day at Denver Sluice.

An estimated 300 to 350 people went along to the event on Tuesday to look around the complex along with learning about wildlife in the area.

Ouse Fest Fun Day at the Denver Sluice Complex'Environment Agency staff were involved in demonstrating various aspects of the operation during the day.''Well have hat and gloves lets get to work, Elia Fiorio  from Welney trying the kit out.''(Elio is two and a half) ANL-150728-171017009

Ouse Fest Fun Day at the Denver Sluice Complex'Environment Agency staff were involved in demonstrating various aspects of the operation during the day.''Well have hat and gloves lets get to work, Elia Fiorio from Welney trying the kit out.''(Elio is two and a half) ANL-150728-171017009

The open day was put on by the Environment Agency and the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership as part of a fortnight of events to showcase the area’s unique landscape.

Visitors learned more about the local wildlife with help from Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.

Children also had chance to pick up a crayfish, which is one of the invasive species on in the Environment Agency’s eel and fish tanks.

There were also interactive games and activities organised by the Norfolk Non-native Species Initiative for youngsters.

Ouse Fest Fun Day at the Denver Sluice Complex, Face painting proved popular with the youngsters, here are brother and sister Oscar (6) and Libby (4) Bedford, with the Relief Channel in the background ANL-150728-171143009

Ouse Fest Fun Day at the Denver Sluice Complex, Face painting proved popular with the youngsters, here are brother and sister Oscar (6) and Libby (4) Bedford, with the Relief Channel in the background ANL-150728-171143009

Ely Hereward Rotary Club were at the open day with their interactive cycle ride.

The Littleport Field Theatre Group invited visitors to experience their catching, cooking and eating of eels installation.

Children and their families enjoyed dressing up in traditional costumes which were brought along by the Rosmini Centre, in Wisbech.

Visitors also learned more about Denver Sluice with tours by site superintendent Dan Pollard.

Ouse Fest Fun Day at the Denver Sluice Complex'Environment Agency staff were involved in demonstrating various aspects of the operation during the day, including short boat trips ANL-150728-170932009

Ouse Fest Fun Day at the Denver Sluice Complex'Environment Agency staff were involved in demonstrating various aspects of the operation during the day, including short boat trips ANL-150728-170932009

Weather affected Cambridge Archaeological Unit’s demonstration of the mid-19th century Flat Earth Trials experiment.

But a popular attraction was the boat trips with river inspector Mervyn Day.

Amy Tillson, part of the team at the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership, said: “The event itself closed at 4pm but people were still queuing beyond that for the river trips. Mr Day ensured everyone got a trip out.

“It was a really successful day and we want to make it bigger and even better next year.”

There are still a host of events being held as part of the OuseFest, including an archaeological dig in Hilgay.

For more go to www.ousewashes.org.uk/ousefest