At approximately 40 hectares Coldhams Common is one of the largest green spaces in Cambridge. It is a mixture of grassland, scrub and pockets of woodland, in the middle of the site is a large area of amenity grass. The site has a long history in Cambridge, in the 17th Century it was used as an isolation hospital for sufferers of Small Pox. Then in Victorian times the area was a mining site for Coprolite, evidence of this can still be seen in the undulating topography. The famous rifle butt hill to the east of the site is the third heighest point in Cambridge and offers great views of our expanding city. This hill was used by soldiers in the 19th Century as a target practice area, more recently it’s uses rate as being one of the best places to sledge in the snowy weather! Species such as Spiny rest harrow, Upright Brome and the beautiful Bee orchid can be found, all indicating that a heathly chalk grassland is becoming established here. King Fishers can be spotted in the waterways and Reed and Sedge warblers in the summer months. The scrub land to the east of the site is a favourite nesting spot in the spring and it is possible to hear Chiff Chaffs, Black Caps, White throats and Wrens all busy establishing their territories.
Coldhams Lane, Cambridge CB1 3JB
At 40 acres Coldhams Common is one of the largest green spaces in Cambridge.