Endangered Water voles have set up residence in the new back water and reed bed created at Logan’s Meadow Local Nature Reserve. If you take the time to explore the reserve this summer, by the river in East Chesterton, you may be lucky and catch a glimpse of one of these endearing mammals, you may also be treated to several species of damsel and dragonfly now breeding on the reserve, as well as kingfishers, herons and dramatic aerial displays of swifts that have hopefully returned to nest in the Swift Tower.

Another great place to spot Water Voles is along Cherry Hinton Brook, particularly between Burnside and Sainsbury’s, where we have been working closely with the Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook to restore and protect the wildlife along this rare chalk stream.

More information on the brook and how to get involved can be found at:

http://www.friendsofcherryhintonbrook.org.uk/

More and more swifts are returning at this time of year and it will be exciting to see if any nest this season in the Swift tower at Logan’s Meadow. Last breeding season it was the Starlings which were more interested. This year to provide optimum nesting conditions for the Swifts small plates have been attached to the front access holes which restrict Starlings entering but allow Swifts to fit in easily. This will stop the Swift tower becoming a Starling tower instead!Fingers crossed more Swift mating pairs will decide that Logan’s Meadow, with its new reed bed is a good place to raise young. Keep your eyes peeled!

Coldhams Common

The new management plan for Coldham’s Common has been approved. This means that the site will be sensitively managed with nature and people in mind.

If you would like to view the plan it can be found at :

http://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/documents/s33268/Committee%20Report%20March16%20FINAL.pdf

 

http://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/documents/s33269/Coldhams%20Common%20Draft%20Management%20Plan%20FINAL%202.pdf

A great community day is happening this weekend on Coldhams Common. There will be events such as a big litter pick, outdoor environmental games for children and guided nature walks around the common.

The event is starting at 10:30am, meeting at the lay by on Barnwell road opposite the pet shop.

Additional information:

Don’t mess with Abbey           www.facebook.com/groups/dontmesswithabbey/

Abbey People                          www.abbeypeople.org.uk

Clean for the Queen 2016      www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk

 

Contact

Jesús Zurdo; email: jesus.zurdo@gmail.com; Tel: 07480 151691

Good news! A never before recorded fungus (for this area) has been spotted at Byron’s pool nature reserve. This wonderful fungus has a rounded head and a shaggy ochre-brown stalk. The fruiting body is produced between September and November but the stalk remains in place throughout the winter months which allows a longer period for possible identification.

The head of the fungi is a mass of spores which have a warty appearance and are brown and spherical in shape.

The species prefers dry and sandy banks or edges of woodland. It is associated with decaying wood partically Elm. It was first named in 1785 in Suffolk and it is now classified as endangered and is fully protected in the UK. It is just one of four species of non-lichenized fungi to receive protection under schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Furthermore it is a priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) and is included in the English Nature recovery programme.