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.

This stem gall was spotted at 9 Wells nature reserve this week. Home to the larvae of a small wasp this gall is known as Diastrophus rubi and is host specific to the Dewberry or Bramble but has been recorded on Raspberry canes. Galls are very interesting natural phenomenon as they form on plants in response to secreted hormones from mainly insects but they can also be triggered by bacteria and fungus. They are not a sign of disease but consist of healthy plant tissue which is full of nutrients for the growing larvae within. This tissue is also easily digestible for the young larvae. This particular gall would have begun life in the spring as a green elongated swelling punctuated by red pimples indicating the chamber of a larvae. These galls can contain up to two hundred chambers. The gall changes colour from green to yellow to purplish then to light brown with the larvae overwintering inside before emerging the following spring. Once the galls become woody they can stay on the stem for several years.

Autumn and winter are a good time to spot them due to the lack of foliage.

 

 

The elongated swellings are green at first punctated with red pimples that indicates the inner chamber of a larva. In summer the galls go from yellow to purplish to light brown with the larva overwintering inside before emerging the following spring. One gall may contain up to 200 rounded chambers. Once used the galls become woody and can remain on stems for several years