Since May last year volunteers have been monitoring Cherry Hinton Brook’s River fly larvae populations. Riverflies are an important indicator of the overall health of a water system. Using a monitoring system developed initially by Anglers,  then refined by the Riverfly partnership,  it has been amazing to see what life is present in the brook. The need for monitoring became apparent after improvements were made to the stream but with no real way to measure the impact these changes had potentially had. Alongside the Riverfly populations the stream’s health is also monitored for…

A recent partnership with CPARG (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough amphibian and Reptile group) has reaped some invaluable pond improvements for the city’s nature reserves. Working firstly at Barnwell East pond, as this is one of the city’s most important common toad breeding sites, the volunteers removed overhanging willow and created a large hibernaculum. CPARG are planning to survey the site this coming spring to get an idea of toad numbers. Next to receive some attention were the ephemeral ponds located at the back of Stourbridge Common. The Friends of Stourbridge…

  Autumn is arguably the best time of year, beautiful trees, frosty mornings and yes, spider webs in the face! It’s an integral part of the autumn experience feeling the silk sticking to your hair and face, not sure if you have really removed it all, is the spider somewhere??? But why is autumn such a ‘spidery’ time of year? Most spider species have been growing all summer and are now larger and more visible in our gardens and parks.  Many species are reaching the end of their life span, they…