• Cows on Sheep's Green, Coe Fen
  • Lime Kiln

Take a moment today to stand in the sunshine looking at an ivy bush. It will be worth it! If it’s a mature plant it should have those lovely structural yellow-green flower clusters covering it.   Then you might notice a gentle hum……. This most probably is coming from the Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) A relative new comer to our island, first discovered in 2002 in Southern England. Originating from Europe the Ivy bee has undergone a rapid expansion in the last two decades and now can be…

While, what feels like the longest summer ever continues, how about upping your nature identification skills to impress your friends and kids? Or even to enjoy with your friends and kids? Two really easy and informative surveys to take part in are firstly, The Big Butterfly Count https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/ It’s running till August 9th, just count as many butterflies you see in 15mins. Also good to send your findings to @savebutterflies to double up on your useful data. Secondly the Pollinator Monitoring Scheme is a little more involved but…

You may have noticed these small patches of wild beauty popping up on some of our city’s parks, it’s part of the a City Council initiative to help out our dear pollinators and bring some added colour and interest to these mostly grassy places. Parker’s Piece, Jesus Green, Colleridge Rec, Cherry Hinton Hall all have their own corners devoted to wild flowers. But there are many others dotted around the city and this year in particular they have given local residents (as well as pollinators) extra pleasure as…