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 flooplain 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.

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

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...

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....

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...

It’s always worth having a look under leaves, especially at this time of year. This little cluster of Birch Shield bug eggs were found under an oak leaf. Looking at them...

Moth enthusiasts meet regularly at Logan’s Meadow reserve in Chesterton to monitor what moth species are around especially since the new reed bed was planted on the site. Happily a Webb’s...

The barbecue at Byron’s Pool was unfortunately vandalised this summer. Rather than just excepting that this was the end of the road for the bits of slab and brick the conservation...

Even with the lack of rain and punishing high temperatures the City Council pictorial meadows are still managing to bring interest and colour. These meadows are dotted about the city and...

Twenty-eight tonnes of gravel have been put in to the section of Cherry Hinton Brook next to Sainsbury’s, Coldhams lane, with much ingenuity and problem solving! This obviously took a lot...