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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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Annual plant survey of Ely Common
18 June 2013 On Saturday 22 June,
we will be undertaking our annual survey of plants on Ely Common.
We'll learn how to identify what plants are there and add to the
baseline data collected through the plant surveys undertaken in
2011 and 2012. Meet in the Environment Agency car park off Prickwillow
Road at 10 am. Bring water and sunblock/rain gear (as appropriate).
Bird race bonanza
18 June 2013 Local naturalists enjoyed one of the loveliest
mornings of the year as well as some fantastic wildlife encounters
as they took part in last Sunday’s Bird Race around the Ely
Wildspace. Among 77 bird species recorded in the spring sunshine,
there were great sightings of cuckoos, hobbies, turtle doves and
buzzards. Everyone also heard the extraordinary booming of the local
bittern – one of only a hundred or so territorial males in
the whole UK – and a lucky few also heard nightingale. Non-bird
sightings included roe deer, hares and the rare adder’s-tongue
fern. Details of the next Bird Race, to be held in the autumn, will
be posted on our website.
Memories of Ely Wildspace
17 May 2013 We are very excited to
be launching our 'Memories of Ely Wildspace' project at the end
of May, an oral history project to build up a picture of the past
and present use of the area. From 31 May, follow our Facebook
page for news and updates and share your memories with this project.