'fen' can also refer to...

(Archibald) Fenner Brockway (1888—1988) politician and campaigner

Carol Fenner (1929—2002)

Charles Erasmus Fenner (1834—1911)

Daniel Fenning (1715—1767) grammarian and textbook writer

drainage of Fens

Dudley Fenner (c. 1558—1587) Church of England clergyman and Calvinist theologian

Elizabeth Fenning (1793—1815) convicted poisoner




Fen, Gervase

fen peat



Flag Fen

George Fenner (c. 1540—1618) merchant and privateer

Sir Edward Fenner (c. 1547—1612) judge

Thomas Fenner (c. 1554—1598) sea captain

William Fenner (c. 1600—1640) Church of England clergyman and writer on theology


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An area of wetland vegetation that receives its water by both rainfall and ground water flow (rheotrophic), and in which the summer water table is at or below the surface of the sediment. Fens are peat-forming ecosystems (mires) and can be divided into rich fens, which are usually neutral to acid in their reaction and are often fed by streams draining limestone rocks, or poor fens, in which case their water is slightly acid and the concentration of dissolved nutrients is low. Some fens are erroneously given the label bog (e.g. string bogs and valley bogs), a term that should be reserved for ombrotrophic mires.

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