• Cows on Sheep's Green, Coe Fen
  • Lime Kiln

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…

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!

The first in our Sunday Survey Sessions took place at Logan’s Meadow at the weekend. The subject was Amphibians and we were lucky to see Smooth Newts doing their characteristic ‘hang’ in the water plus lots and even more lots of tadpoles! Joined by CPARG’s Mario Shimbov, https://groups.arguk.org/cparg a group of interested locals got a full explanation of how our native amphibians and reptiles carry out their life cycles and how best to help them and spot them. We didn’t even get rained on! The survey sessions run monthly…