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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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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.