The Local Nature Reserves (LNR’s) in Cambridge are for both people and wildlife. The designation of these reserves helps to protect some of the best wildlife habitats and geographical features across the City, whilst making an important contribution to the UK’s biodiversity. The reserves provide an opportunity for people to study, learn about and enjoy nature on their doorstep.
Over the last 100 years, urban development, agricultural intensification and the abandonment of management operations have put many habitats and species under threat. Today, Cambridge City Council’s Local Nature Reserves make an important contribute to the protection and enhancement of the UK’s biodiversity.
Twenty-eight tonnes of gravel have been put in to the section of Cherry Hinton Brook next to Sainsbury’s, Coldhams lane, with much ingenuity and problem solving! This obviously took a lot of hard-working volunteers to achieve but the benefits to the habitat outweigh some temporary achy backs! The Wild Trout Trust, Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook and the City Council all worked together to raise the bed of the stream. By reducing the depth in key locations the cross-sectional area of the local water is reduced but the…
Volunteers from Sentec, a local company, came for a few hours after work and helped create a fantastic hibernaculum for amphibians and reptiles at Logan’s Meadow reserve. The technique was very simple just piling up some fly tipped paving slabs and covering them with the removed turf but the result was slightly hobbit-esque but extremely valuable for these species.
These Colt’s-foot ( Tussilago farfara) were photographed at Barnwell West reserve. A beautiful reminder that we’ve done it! Spring is here! This plant’s habit of flowering before the leaves appear has given it the folk-name of ‘Son-before-father’. It can be found on waste land or dry banks with loose soil. It strongly prefers clay. Other pleasing signs have been the Butterbur flowers emerging at Paradise nature reserve, another plant which flowers before the leaves show. Also spotting the first Bumble bees emerging and Brimstone butterflies at Bramblefields reserve….