The Perse School undertook the task of providing homes for our city’s hedgehogs. Following a design brief they constructed sturdy, water proof wooden houses which it is hoped will go on to provide a safe refuge as a either a day nest or sctual hibernation site for local hedgehogs. Some of the homes were taken to the nearby housing area,  Accordia where local children were given a chance to learn some more about the habits of hedgehogs and then site the homes in places they decided would be most suitable.

Monitoring Tunnels were placed around the site also to try and confirm the presence of hedgehogs. The tunnels are set up with food bait inside them and the hedgehogs have to cross an ink pad and then a sheet of paper to reach the food. By looking at the foot prints it is possible to see if hedgehogs are active in the area. Fingers crossed!

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On Friday 2nd August the Costello Medical Group had a day out of the office and on to the meadow. We gathered on Sheep’s Green Nature Reserve and had a quick de-brief for the task ahead. We wanted to dig a pond in one of the historic water ways on the site which had become silted up over time. Our aim was to create more opportunities for aquatic plants in this area.

On Friday 2nd August the Costello Medical Group had a day out of the office and on to the meadow. We gathered on Sheep’s Green Nature Reserve and had a quick de-brief for the task ahead. We wanted to dig a pond in one of the historic water ways on the site which had become silted up over time. Our aim was to create more opportunities for aquatic plants in this area.

The group enthusiastically rose to the challenge creating a total of three ponds with a channel linking them all together.

Digging in high humidity with high temperatures definitely earned them an ice cream break at Lammas Land play area. After a quick lunch break they were ready to move on to their next task of “de-Ragworting” the New Bit area of Coe fen. They were extreemly efficient at removing this yellow flowered plant but equally vigilant at looking out for the Cinnabar caterpillars that might be munching on them.

With our last bit of energy we weeded around the young trees in that area.

It was a great day and I was deeply impressed by the group’s energy and obvious camaraderie!

The City Council is developing a Management Plan for Coldham’s Common which will set out how we look after this important open space in the future. To help with this it would be great to get your opinion. Please visit our consultation survey on: www.cambridge.gov.uk/current-consultations

During the summer we had the pleasure of a Girl’s school from Singapore visiting. They were interested in doing some Conservation work while they were here.

The girls had a packed programme during their two week visit to England. Part of their tour included a visit to Cambridge, their teacher thought it would be more enriching for her students to actually be directly involved in some Conservation work rather than a standard tour of the famous buildings and bridges found here. We decided on Byron’s Pool as the most convient and historic venue.

The girls, most of whom do not have a garden at home and certainly have never worked outside in nature before, took on the task with some intrepidation! We were clearing the paths and raking up some cut Nettles. The girls had never seen a Nettle before and it didn’t take long before they found out why they are called Stinging Nettles. They quickly learnt the formerly unknown Dock and Plantain plants aswell and how you use them to soothe!

They were briliantly attentive and eager to learn about British flora and fauna but also about Granchester’s history from Lord Byron to Pink Floyd! It was a fun and illuminating day.