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A green corridor buffering the eastern edge of Ely, properly protected from harmful development and managed for the combined benefit of wildlife and local people.

With its spectacular cathedral, gentle pace of life, and delightful riverside setting, Ely is a special place to live. But its rapid growth has put increasing pressure on the city’s remaining green spaces.

Great crested grebe feeding chickThe quiet backwaters of Roswell Pits and the nearby wetlands and meadows along the River Great Ouse are now the last fragments of nature around Ely. Over 1200 people have joined Ely Wildspace (originally called LCPRE) to keep these places wild for the animals, plants and people to whom they matter.

The area is so important nationally it’s recently been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. We are now working with agencies, landowners and our community to safeguard this wonderful place, enhance its habitats still further, and help people enjoy them in a sustainable way.

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Litterpick Saturday 5th April
26 March 2014 The next Ely Wildspace litterpick will be held on Saturday 5th April starting at 2pm at the top of Kiln Lane (the road leading to the Environment Agency off Prickwillow Road) followed by tea and scones at Ely Sailing Club - equipment provided.

Enter Ely's fourth annual Spring Bird Race, 11 May
26 March 2014 Last year an amazing 77 species of bird were recorded during the Spring Wildspace Bird Race. Are you up to the challenge of attempting to beat that total? Alternatively, do you simply fancy a guided birdwatching walk around the fantastic wildlife areas right on our doorstep?

If you do, then why not join the Ely Wildspace Bird Race on Sunday 11 May? We are meeting at 6am sharp at the top of Kiln Lane where we will divide up into small teams, each of which will be led by an experienced local birdwatcher. The teams will then set off and walk all around the Wildspace trying to see and hear as many bird species as possible. At around 11am the teams will meet up again to compare notes and discover the winning team. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Please bring binoculars (if you have them), warm and waterproof clothing, and plenty of food and drink.

Cathedral Birdwatch
26 March 2014 In conjunction with Ely Cathedral, a unique birdwatching experience is being planned for 1 June 2014. Trips are being organised throughout the day to the top of the Cathedral tower where expert local birdwatchers will show you the birds through their telescopes. Further details will soon be available at

To join LCPRE for as little as £1, click here..
To contact LCPRE, telephone or write to our secretary Pat Hillman (28 Juniper Drive,
Ely CB7 4TT; 01353 664115) or email