The Wissey Valley Living Landscape covers an area of about 10,000 hectares to the southeast of Downham Market. It comprises peat fen on the edge of the Fens alongside the River Wissey and the Great Ouse Cut-off Channel. The area is mostly highly drained arable land (on high-quality peat soils). The area’s farming is very intensive and accompanied by high levels of irrigation. Although mainly consisting of large, farmed fields, there are a number of wooded areas and belts of trees which break up the landscape and give shelter and habitat to wildlife.