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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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Bumper bird race!
03 February 2015 The 8th Ely Bird Race was held on Sunday 18 January, with the aim of recording as many species as possible in three hours. A gathering of 16 observers set off at 8 am in four groups to survey the bird life of Ely Wildspace. An impressive aggregate total of 70 species was recorded, which includes less common ones such as Green Sandpiper and Lesser Redpoll, and is the highest so far for a winter bird race in Ely. We shall be running the 9th Ely Bird Race in May, when bird numbers will be boosted even higher with the arrival of our summer migrants. Come and join us!

Winter Wildlife Walk at Roswell Pits
19 January 2015 Despite overnight rain 16 brave souls met for the annual “Winter Wildlife Walk” organised by the Ely Local Group of the Wildlife Trust on Saturday 3 January. Their route took them through Cherry Hill Park and Jubilee Gardens to the river and Roswell Pits. The group were rewarded with excellent views of a grey wagtail on the railway bridge and close by a kingfisher sitting in a bush overhanging the river. After a second kingfisher flew by Cuckoo Bridge, one walker was heard to say “I’m 42 and had never seen a kingfisher and today I’ve seen 2!”. Later 4 male bullfinches showed themselves bringing the total number of bird species seen by the group in the morning to 36.

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To contact Elywildspace, phone Liz Hunter on 01353 664191, or email lcpre@elywildspace.org.uk