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If you get a chance now is a great time to go butterfly spotting on our local nature reserves. A good three to learn and try to distinguish between are Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Gate Keeper. All can be found in similar habitats and can be easy to confuse. Check for them on Coldham’s Common in the grass and on the bramble blossoms. Also look out for wonderful hover fly action and of course our beloved bees busy at work.

Conservation volunteering on our beautiful local nature reserves is a great way to learn more about your natural environment, get fit and meet like-minded people, to name  just a few plus points!  At the moment we have two opportunities to volunteer. Once a week on a Thursday 10am -2:30pm or once a month on a Saturday morning 10am – 1pm. We undertake conservation work on projects around the city on our nature reserves. Learn such skills as hedge laying, coppicing, fencing and pond management. Volunteer just for fun…

The improvements made on Cherry Hinton Brook recently have enhanced the visual appearance of the brook, especially the section by Sainsbury’s, but what effect has it had for the flora and fauna living in it? A monitoring project has begun to provide important baseline and trend data that may be able answer this question and help to guide future conservation work on the stream. Some of the Saturday volunteers have undertaken this venture to test the water quality and health of the aquatic life in the stream since…