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

      So much activity happening on the reserves despite the cold and wind! Swifts and swallows finally beginning to return and many Solitary bees out foraging. This male Hairy footed flower bee and the Tawny mining bees were all spotted at Bramblefields nature reserve recently.  It’s worth trying to get to know our many, varied and most beautiful solitary bees. Just as important in the role of pollinators as more well known bees. Also, as most do not store collected pollen in “leg baskets” but in a…

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…