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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.
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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Creatures of the night
12 September 2014 The Creatures of the Night
event is a great opportunity for all the family to learn about bats
and moths. With an introduction to bats, a walk round Roswell Pits
looking and listening for bats followed by (weather permitting)
a look to see what has been collected in moth traps on Pocket Park.
There will be games and a shorter walk for Ely Wildlife Watch families
with younger children. Meet at 7pm at Cresswells Pocket Park /Fisherman's
Ely Common in bloom.....
27 July 2014 On Saturday
20 July, we undertook our annual survey of the plants of Ely Common.
This year we identified a total of 122 plants across the Common
of which 50 species were in our survey area. Plants seen included
Lady’s Bedstraw, Marjoram, Wild Carrot and various species
of grass. The partially parasitic plant Yellow Rattle, which was
first recorded last year, was seen again this year. We also saw
a wide range of invertebrates including 15 species of butterfly,
five species of dragonfly, and several species of grasshopper and
hoverfly. This is the fourth year that we have surveyed the Common
and we are slowly building up a picture of plant diversity and relative
abundance over time. Thanks to all those who took part and made
the day a great success. (Image: Roesel's bush-cricket, Sarah Ferriss)