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.
To help support the steady growth in numbers of otters on our rivers, otter holts were installed on two of our riverside reserves with the help of our Saturday volunteer group. The holts were sited in secluded, quiet bankside locations and will hopefully provide daytime refuge for these amazing animals as they navigate our waterways.
A selection of logs from native trees were collected together to create a very impressive vertical log pile. With the help of volunteers from a local company the log pile took shape and even looked quite artistic and sculptural in it’s finished state. The log pile will rot down slowly,providing the perfect environment for ground beetles to lay their eggs in. The resulting larvae then develop and feed in the rotting deadwood this process can sometimes take up to four years for some species.
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 actual 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…