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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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Oral History Launch - Memories of
Ely Pits and Meadows
Please join us on Saturday 27th September to celebrate
the launch of our oral history project. This has been an exciting
undertaking and we would like to share that excitement with members
and friends and all the local people who so generously shared their
memories and stories -- thanks to them we have managed to capture
the magic of the Roswell area.
We will have a stall on Ely Market between
9.am and 12 noon where you will be able to listen to the audio trail
and look at some of the photographs and the trail guide. In
the afternoon we will be in the Vernon Cross room behind Ely Museum
where the website will be up and running and there will be tea and
The audio trail and interactive website will
go live on Saturday and the link is www.elypits.com
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)