Butterfly

The first of our Sunday monitoring sessions happened last weekend on the Coldhams Common Nature Reserve in Cambridge with the focus on butterflies. We recorded 5 possibly 6 butterfly species and...

Volunteers

The group of ecologists tasked with keeping the A14 project on track with its environmental responsibilities came for a day of respite last week to Byron’s Pool reserve in Cambridge. They...

Volunteers

The conservation volunteers made an early start on subduing the invasive marginal plant, Himalayan Balsam. It’s pretty yes, and later in the season a good food source for invertebrates agreed, but...

Temporary or ephemeral ponds add an interesting dimension to any natural space that can sustain them. Their temporary nature means that they are often devoid of fish, other predators and competitors which might be present in more permanent ponds, thus a unique habitat is created for distinctive plants and insects which are specially adapted to these conditions. Stourbridge Common being a floodplain is perfectly suited to sustaining this type of habitat therefore four more pools were dug recently. Wetter areas were chosen for these pools in the hope that when the water table is high these depressions will hold water for long enough to encourage a flush of life, insect species but hopefully natal amphibians life too.

Stourbridge Common being a flooplain is perfectly suited to sustaining this type of habitat therefore four more pools were dug recently.

Wildflower meadows in progress

Work has been happening at two of our reserves to kick start our meadow areas for summer.

Pool

Byron's pool reserve is to gain a new pond or rather re-instate an old forgotten pond.

Volunteer

In honour of National Tree Week, Logan’s meadow nature reserve in Cambridge has been the site of lots of work recently. Much tree work has been done, pollarding of many of the...

Barnwell West

Logan’s Meadow reserve is having a major make over. The most noticeable work is the pollarding of the Willows along the river bank. It can look a little extreme at first...

Volunteers

A lovely morning was had in the October sunshine with local company Sentec. They are an enthusiastic group of co-workers committed to making Logan’s Meadow reserve a more bio diverse habitat....

Moth

This beautiful Herald moth ( Scoliopteryx libatrix) was spotted under some undergrowth at Paradise nature reserve, perhaps not totally surprising seeing as the larvae feed on willow (Salix ) and poplar...