As a big thank you to the volunteers a visit to Cambridge Botanic Gardens was organized. We had a talk about the new chalk grassland that the staff are trying to establish at the gardens. As the volunteers have done lots of work on our own SSSI chalk grassland at West Pit reserve they could see lots of the plant species they recognized and hear from the staff how hard it has been to establish this precious habitat from scratch and how important environmentally,  it is do.Chalk grassland and the species they support are among some of the most endangered habitats we have in the UK therefore the work the volunteers do at West Pit reserve has real importance. After hearing this from the professionals at the Botanic gardens we all felt really proud of ourselves and celebrated with a treat at the cafe! Thank you volunteers!!!

 

 

The first of the hedgehog survey nights kicked off at Bramblefields nature reserve in Chesterton. There was a good turn out on what was a relatively wet and windy night. Paul Wyer from the Wildlife Trust gave a really interesting talk about hedgehogs, their decline in numbers and what we can do about combating this. We then we headed off around the reserve armed with the thermal imaging camera and lots of torches.

A false alarm happened twice, having seen something warm on the thermal camera we all very excitedly searched for our first hedgehogs only to find firstly a disgruntled cat, followed by a surprised fox.

We decided to stop at around 10pm having not spotted any hedgehogs but having plenty of conversations about changes we could all make to help urban hedgehogs, the main change being ensuring there are plenty of access points in our garden fences. Connectivity is key!

On the way home, literally round the corner from the reserve, three of the participants saw a hedgehog crossing the road in front of them!

Why did the hedgehog cross the road?

To get away from surveyors…..?

If you would like to join the next survey session here are the coming dates:

Wednesday 21st Aug, Cherry Hinton Hall, 8:30pm, meeting in the car park.

Wednesday 28th Aug Romsey Rec, 8:30pm, meeting at the Vinery Road entrance.

Wednesday 4th Sept, Paradise nature reserve, 8pm, meeting in the carpark at Lammas land, next to the reserve.

 

A fun day was had when World Pay staff came for some Corporate responsibility time out on the nature reserves.

Most came down from London for the day and were more than happy to forget about stifling hot tube trains and instead indulge themselves in a bit of bramble removal and raking up!!

The day was finished off with a pond dip which didn’t disappoint as baby newts and dragonfly larvae delighted our hard-working visitors.

Thank you World Pay staff it was a great day!

Hedgehog survey in Cambridge

During the summer holidays we will be surveying for hedgehogs in the city’s green spaces. The aim is to firstly ascertain where our hedgehogs are present and also where more connectivity is needed for them. The surveys will be happening at night on the following dates: Aug 14th, 21st Aug, 28th Aug and 4th Sept. Working in partnership with the Wildlife Trust there will be a short introductory talk about hedgehogs and then using a thermal imaging camera and torches we will go looking for hedgehogs in the vicinity. If you are interested in attending please contact: sosvolunteers@cambridge.gov.uk

Don’t forget we have Sunday surveying sessions on the reserves at the end of every month till September. Plants, freshwater invertebrates, birds and butterflies all being spotted and marvelled at. If you are interested in finding out more please email: Parks@cambridge.gov.uk