people addinh hazel faggots to stream

The Chalk Stream initiative https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/chalk-streams continued this week with work being undertaken this time on the Vicar’s Brook. Extensive sections of hazel faggots were added to the natural meander to narrow...

Close up of tadpoles

The first in our Sunday Survey Sessions took place at Logan’s Meadow at the weekend. The subject was Amphibians and we were lucky to see Smooth Newts doing their characteristic ‘hang’...

Bee bank

The conservation volunteers created nothing short of a work of art this week at Wenvoe Meadow in Cherry Hinton. As well as beautiful, the ‘Bee bank’ they built is a useful...

Electro fishing

As part of the City Council’s Chalk stream initiative, https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/chalk-streams a fish survey was carried out last Thursday at Vicar’s Brook, which is the stream which runs down the side of...

male hairy footed flower bee

      So much activity happening on the reserves despite the cold and wind! Swifts and swallows finally beginning to return and many Solitary bees out foraging. This male Hairy footed...

People working in a stream

The City Council’s initiative to enhance our chalk streams was put into practice this week as 20 tonnes of gravel was added to Cherry Hinton Brook. Added with care and consideration...

river path

With all the extra human traffic on the reserves we are experiencing a new phenomenon, affectionately becoming known as ‘path creep’. Paths that used to be perhaps a metre or two...

Swift flying

Continuing with the theme of providing nesting opportunities, there is still time to prep for the arrival of Swifts. Due to start appearing in late April, early May you could have...

Robin on a fence post

Legend has it that originally Saint Valentine’s day was said to be the day the birds find their mates and so it became known as the day of love,  how very...

Small pond with logs around.

Although you may be thinking there’s lots of it around at the moment, the bigger picture is not so moist. Hotter and drier conditions in our region have lead our water...