9 wells reserve was the beginning point for the National Civic day walk which followed the route of Hobson’s Brook all the way in to town, finishing at the Market square. The idea was to hear about the history and ecology of the brook at different points along it’s course. At 9 Wells the geology was discussed to explain why the brook originates here and what measures the Council takes to ensure and develop the site’s ecology. Participants were then invited to walk to the next information hub where more of the unique history of the brook could be described and brought to life. It was a very successful day organised by the CPPF which hopefully will be repeated next year.
Local company Sentec have put in a few hours graft at Logan’s Meadow reserve before but they excelled themselves last week when they came for the morning. They transformed the riverside walk under the Willows by cutting back the pathways and putting down wood chip. It really made the area look welcoming and cared for. Thank you so much Sentec you’re welcome back anytime!
A most enjoyable night was had on Thursday as the volunteers went out for a bat walk around Sheep’s Green. We followed the route that one of the volunteer’s has been doing nightly as part of a Diploma in species monitoring. We had bat detectors which were great at picking up the calls of Soprano and Common Pipistrelle and Noctule bats. We also had a thermal imaging camera which we used to try and locate the bat roosts. This camera also showed how warm the trees were which surprised us, how well insulated the ducks were and how cold a dog’s nose was!It even picked up the heat generated by a moth’s wing muscle moving.
We also had the use of an Echo meter Touch bat detector which was an amazing piece of kit.It plugs in to your phone and then can record, locate and name the bats instantly after registering the bat’s ultrasonic sounds. Highly recommended.
Staff from The Institute for Sustainability, Cambridge University came for a lunchtime excursion from the office to their local nature reserve Sheep’s Green. After a talk about the general conservation of the area especially focusing on the new fish pass, they were then let loose with the pond dipping equipment. They caught fish, mayfly larvae, caddis fly larvae, water beetle larvae, damsel fly larvae the list goes on! They were amazed and delighted to discover this much biodiversity so near their office and so close to town.
The first of our Sunday monitoring sessions happened last weekend with the focus on butterflies. We recorded 5 possibly 6 butterfly species and also included 3 species of day flying moths. It was great to spend the time looking and noticing with the volunteers who are usually working too hard to get that opportunity!
The next monitoring session will be at the end of this month with focus on plants, especially grasses. If you are interested in coming along do please email: firstname.lastname@example.org