This lovely fungus was spotted in Bramblefields Nature reserve today. Velvet Shank is a stump rotting fungus which can also be found on standing deadwood. This edible fungus is a foragers delight this time of year when the colder weather deters most other edible fungi from fruiting. Good examples can still be found well in to January. The latin Flammulina refers to the orange caps which shine like ‘little flames’ in the winter sunshine. The velutipes refers to the stems and is an even more fitting description meaning ‘with velvet legs’. This is exactly what…

After the preparation last month New Bit was ready to receive its local seeds collected from Cambridgeshire’s donor Coronation meadow. Seeds from Chettisham Meadow included Cowslip and Ox-eye daisy, Common Knapweed, Bird’s foot Trefoil and Lady’s Bedstraw to name a few. It was a great day with lots of volunteers enjoying the chance to establish this meadow for future enjoyment. Some passersby and dog walkers even joined in, taking the opportunity to plant up this meadow which they walk through most days. All who participated are looking forward to watching what comes up in the…

The Saturday volunteers met this weekend and enjoyed the task of preparing Bramblefields Nature reserve for the Forest School visitors. Shirley School runs a forest school on the site for their reception children. The children really enjoy exploring and discovering their local green space and it was a pleasure to clear a few pathways to aid this! The Saturday group runs every month on the last Saturday of the month 10am -1pm. The next one will be Saturday 31st October. If you are interested please email: parks@cambridge.gov.uk