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

The City Council’s initiative to enhance our chalk streams was put into practice this week as 20 tonnes of gravel was added to Cherry Hinton Brook. Added with care and consideration by a group of local volunteers, the aim being to funnel and guide the water as it travels downstream to increase flow and oxygen while also creating areas of slack water and deeper pools. This diversity in conditions improves the overall health and species count in the stream. Plus it’s lots of fun for the humans to…

With all the extra human traffic on the reserves we are experiencing a new phenomenon, affectionately becoming known as ‘path creep’. Paths that used to be perhaps a metre or two wide are now four or more. If you added up all this lost ground on  the reserves you could probably form a new one! In the last week efforts have begun to slowly reclaim some of this extra path way back. At Paradise nature reserve the sides of the paths have been rotovated to stimulate new growth…

Continuing with the theme of providing nesting opportunities, there is still time to prep for the arrival of Swifts. Due to start appearing in late April, early May you could have a beautiful nesting box ready and waiting for them. Sounds tantalizing and inspiring indeed! Everything you need to know can be found at http://actionforswifts.blogspot.com/ They are a local organization which can give you all the advice and support needed to get you started.