Brownfield sites are rapidly becoming some of the most valuable environments for many species in the UK. Often the last ‘wild spaces’ left for local communities these sites are unexpected havens for many invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and plant life. The varying topography and low nutrient soils create perfect micro-climates for basking, nesting and hunting. The Cambridge railway sidings were one such example of a species rich brownfield site. Recently transformed into the Cambridge North station this site was lost. Bramblefields nature reserve in Chesterton is adjacent to the…

Last Saturday, on what felt like the first day of warm weather in forever, a community event happened that really lifted the spirits. At Paradise nature reserve a group of residents gathered to divide the clumps of Snowdrops that grow at the Owlstone road end of the reserve. The aim was to create more areas where the Snowdrops could prosper and delight us all come next spring time. Although not a native species the Snowdrops have been a feature at this end of the reserve for many years…

If you need some motivation to get outside this Easter holiday you could go Wood anemone spotting at Byron’s Pool reserve. This beautiful plant is one of the few flowering plants found on the woodland floor at this time of year. The flowers look delicate but they are in fact very sturdy and well able to withstand the strong winds of April, they are even sometimes referred to as Wind flowers.  If the weather is sunny the flowers will be open but if it is cloudy or near…