tree planting event

An amazing start for the tree planting at Logan’s Meadow this weekend. Over fifty trees planted with more days of planting planned for next weekend too. (11th and 12th Dec) It was such a buzz to see so many people turning out on what was the coldest weekend so far this autumn. Despite the wind and cold the feel good factor of creating a new habitat kept everyone warm!(and maybe the digging too!)

Looking forward to watching these trees become the most beautiful carbon sinks one could fathom! Three cheers to that!

Woman with tree

people pulling reeds in lake

The volunteers tackled the somewhat unenviable task of clearing areas of the lake at Paradise nature reserve.

This job can be a little on the cold side but nonetheless essential work to keep the water open. Reed and Sedge are pulled from the central areas, this is done in the colder months to avoid any unnecessary disturbance to wildlife. Certain areas of the banks are also cleared to give other marginal aquatic plants a chance to prosper and increase biodiversity in the reserve.

lime kiln

The volunteers dabbled in a different kind of conservation at West Pit reserve recently.

A little clearance of over growing scrub revealed the remains of the old Lime kiln. There are a few on site but this one has been giving a tantalizing glimpse of itself for quite a while. Eventually we gave in!

The presence of the kilns makes this SSSI site also a valuable historical and geological site of interest.  As well as having rare botanical interest, it also gives an insight into the social and economic history of our dear town too!

Look out for the unmistakable curved brick work of them on your next visit to this local nature reserve in Cherry Hinton.

Helvella crispa fungi

Autumn does have a certain magic, doesn’t it? Look at these beautiful fungi, all found on our local nature reserves. Why not try and discover some yourself this weekend?

Turkey tail fungi    orange button fungi  finger fungi candle wick fungi  Toad stool  Red turkey tail

 

People clearing brambles

The Conservation volunteers were working hard to create a possible new habitat for Water voles at Logan’s Meadow reserve this month.

The ditch which runs parallel to the footbridge has become choked with bramble and is in significant shade. To try and establish more of a variety of marginal aquatic plants, large areas of bramble where cut back and some overhanging tree branches removed. It is important to retain some cover after carrying out this work so any prospective water voles can feel safe to investigate after the the volunteers have gone. The hope is to get this ditch in good enough shape to be able to attract Water voles and sustain them. They are already present in the other water channels at Logan’s so a further territory for them would help keep this population flourishing.