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: parks@cambridge.gov.uk

The group of ecologists tasked with keeping the A14 project on track with its environmental responsibilities came for a day of respite last week to Byron’s Pool reserve. They are hardly ever all in one place at the same time so they welcomed the chance to work together on some practical tasks, main job for the day was clearing out the blocked fish pass at the reserve which they tackled with gusto! They also did some more mellow work on the new wild flower meadow doing some strategic…

The conservation volunteers made an early start on subduing the invasive marginal plant, Himalayan Balsam. It’s pretty yes, and later in the season a good food source for invertebrates agreed, but still there’s no room for complacency. Without a firm hand this plant has the potential to completely dominate a stream side or riverbank. Therefore sensitive management is needed. Last month the young plants were located and pulled up in the marsh area at Byron’s pool reserve. It’s easier to spot and remove them when everything is smaller…