Elephant hawk moths

Have you got time to spare this weekend for a few of our flying friends?

Saturday 24th there is a Moth and Bat night happening at Logan’s Meadow reserve, meeting at the Swift tower at 9pm.

There will be 3 Moth traps in action plus experts on hand to identify and enlighten. A guided bat walk at just past 9pm around the reserve will be happening too. Bring a torch and a bat monitor if you have one.

Sunday 25th the Moth traps will be ‘unpacked’ at 10am on wards where all Moths found in the traps will be identified and recorded, then carefully released. Children welcome, outdoor shoes appropriate, if the night is too rainy the event will be cancelled.

It’s the Big Butterfly Count too, running till 8th August this vital piece of Citizen Science is also lots of fun.

See the website link to find out more.https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/

 

Wenvoe Meadow in Cherry Hinton was officially opened today by the mayor Russ McPherson. This new wildlife site, owned by the City Council has been managed with biodiversity in mind. A wild flower meadow, solitary bee bank, lizard friendly areas and a large pond have all been added and the results are fantastic. Build it and they will come!

Bee orchid         damselfly                  emperor dragonfly

Meadow with wildflowers

We are so lucky to live in a city where meadows are very accessible.

It’s National Meadow day this Saturday 3rd July https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/national-meadows-day so why not enjoy this beautiful habitat, immerse yourself, take a picnic, take your pick: Coldhams Common, Stourbridge Common, Sheep’s Green, Coe fen, Logan’s Meadow, West pit, which reserve will it be??!!

Cuckoo flower                        6 spotted mothsBee orchid

 

two ladybirds

A long cool drink of the fresh stuff, water that is!

It’s not just us humans that feel the heat; birds, mammals, plants and insects all need access to water. To help them through these hot spells, how about filling a dish or upturned bin lid with water and place it in a well positioned spot outside? Remember to to clean and refresh the water regularly to prevent the build-up of algae and bacteria.

Changing the water will also stop Mosquitoes breeding, use the old water to revive a pot plant or even a thirsty street tree?

Here’s some pretty pictures of creatures you’d be helping. All taken in our beautiful hot city.

6 spotted moths                 Elephant hawk moths                     emperor dragonfly

Some links to make you thinks!

https://www.rspb.org.uk/search/?q=make+a+bird+bath

https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/help-us-water-new-trees

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 the channel, fasten the flow and encourage silt to be dropped in the slacker water. Flow deflectors were also secured to create scarification and diversity in the flow and the stream bed. More work is planned for the second week in June. Come and check the progress!Hazel faggots in water