Floating Pennywort is an invasive aquatic plant which has become a highly problematic on our waterways. Originally from South America Floating Pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) seems very at home in UK waters, it’s rapid growth rate can quickly clog up rivers and destroy habitats. In recent years the river Cam has been badly hit, within 5 years the weed has spread at an alarming speed, from Grantchester all the way out to the Denver Sluice on the Great Ouse river. For these reasons many people have been motivated to…

The issue of muddy pathways at Paradise nature reserve has caused many a soggy pair of shoes. This week the matter was tackled by installing a slightly raised new path way. This new pathway spanned one of the worst muddy stretches in the reserve. Hopefully it will also serve to reduce the sideways spreading of the original path which was compromising the chosen growing area of the Butterbur (Petasites). Records of this plant’s presence on the site date back to the sixteen hundreds and it’s continued presence is highly desired! Problems began with the original route…

More marginal plants were being planted at Cherry Hinton hall pond by the Saturday volunteer group. With all the major work finished at the pond it’s now possible to get in there and make the final important smaller touches.Such as; extra plants to really boost the vegetation at the bank sides, creating woodland pathways, laying woodchips and generally having a good tidy up. All of this is helping to restore and enhance this beautiful site.