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EWS is 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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Autumn 2015 Litterpick
14 October 2015 Please come along to the autumn litter pick which takes place on Saturday October 24th. We will meet at 2:00 pm at the top of Kiln Lane (near the Environment Agency car park), and finish with tea and scones at Ely Sailing Club. Equipment will be provided as usual.

Ely’s first BioBlitz: a blazing success
21 July 2015 From 5pm on Friday 3 July to 5pm Saturday 4 July, over 200 members of the public joined wildlife experts in Ely Wildspace. Various events were held to find as many birds, butterflies, bats, moth, insects, spiders and plants as possible. In just 24 hours Ely’s first ever Bioblitz uncovered more than 600 species of plants, birds, butterflies, moths, ladybirds and spiders. More results are coming in and these include several that have never been recorded in Ely Wildspace before.

With the added help of glorious weather, people enjoyed spectacular moths, a dusk bat safari, great views of kingfishers, close-up encounters with young robins and bluetits, and the mysterious underwater symphonies of water boatmen, snails and diving beetles in Roswell Pit. Especially exciting finds included eyed hawkmoth, purple hairstreak butterfly and wild raspberry.

If you enjoyed it too – or couldn’t join us this year – look out for next year’s BioBlitz, and in the meantime visit the Ely Wildspace Diary page for more 2015 events around the Wildspace.

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To contact Elywildspace, phone Liz Hunter on 01353 664191, or email