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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.
------- Latest News -------
Glade all over
January 2014 Thanks
to a fantastic turnout, kind weather, and the very generous donation
of tools and manpower by Island Landscapes, we had a tremendously
successful work party on Sat 25 Jan. We managed to open up two glades,
coppicing elders, hawthorn and blackthorn to add more structural
diversity to the habitat and (hopefully) make it more attractive
for nightingales. We also cleared out a large amount of rubbish,
and did some badly-needed maintenance work on the hedge improvements
we’ve been making near the river, and to the tern rafts on
Roswell Pits. Huge thanks to everyone who came,and to Natural England
and Island Landscapes for supporting our work. The next event is
a Wildlife Trust work party on Sat 15 Feb; contact Will Burdett
(email@example.com) for details.
Concerns with another otter killed
on the road
January 2014 Otters are
regularly being seen in and around Elywildpace which is very good
news but sadly, those taking part in the Bird Race on 5 Jan also
found another otter roadkill adjacent to the beet factory settling
ponds. This is at least the fifth otter casualty along the 200m-stretch
of road between the pond and the river in recent years. It underscores
the importance of the area for otters - and the urgent need for
the highways authorities to reduce the risk of further deaths in
future. Ely Wildspace is working with otter experts to examine what
might be feasible and effective.
Sixth Ely Wildspace Bird Race
January 2014 In
early January, a dozen local bird watchers met at Roswell Pits on
Sunday for the 6th Ely Bird Race.Three groups, each led by a local
birder, set off and amassed an excellent aggregate total of 65 species,
just one short of the record for an Ely winter bird race.
included a new species for Roswell Pits –Merlin, the smallest
European falcon and an occasional winter visitor from northern Englandand
Scandinavia. Other interest was provided
by three overwintering chiffchaffs (a migrant warbler) at the sewage
farm, eking out a living on invertebrates. More and more chiffchaffs
are spending the winter in the UK instead of migrating to Africa.
Last but not least, there was a large
gathering of meadow pipits (25) on the water meadow, mixed in with
a flock of pied wagtails.
Much enjoyment and discussion was had in the
sparkling sunshine. We look forward
to running the 7th Ely Bird Race in May, when species numbers will
be boosted by our summer migrants, including nightingale. Look out
for details on the Ely Wildspace website (www.elywildspace.org.uk),
and do come along and join us for what is a very special local experience.