The Local Nature Reserves (LNR’s) in Cambridge are for both people and wildlife. The designation of these reserves helps to protect some of the best wildlife habitats and geographical features across the City, whilst making an important contribution to the UK’s biodiversity. The reserves provide an opportunity for people to study, learn about and enjoy nature on their doorstep.
Over the last 100 years, urban development, agricultural intensification and the abandonment of management operations have put many habitats and species under threat. Today, Cambridge City Council’s Local Nature Reserves make an important contribute to the protection and enhancement of the UK’s biodiversity.
Autumn is arguably the best time of year, beautiful trees, frosty mornings and yes, spider webs in the face! It’s an integral part of the autumn experience feeling the silk sticking to your hair and face, not sure if you have really removed it all, is the spider somewhere??? But why is autumn such a ‘spidery’ time of year? Most spider species have been growing all summer and are now larger and more visible in our gardens and parks. Many species are reaching the end of their life span, they…
Staff from Cambridge Water volunteered for the day to carry out some scrub removal at 9 Wells nature reserve. As part of the company’s CSR programme they were keen to work on a site which has natural springs and waterways. A different kind of watery situation than perhaps they are normally used to but one which they adapted to very well! If you work for a company which enjoy CSR days and are looking for a project do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you get a chance now is a great time to go butterfly spotting on our local nature reserves. A good three to learn and try to distinguish between are Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Gate Keeper. All can be found in similar habitats and can be easy to confuse. Check for them on Coldham’s Common in the grass and on the bramble blossoms. Also look out for wonderful hover fly action and of course our beloved bees busy at work.