Ely Wildspace, join today!
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.
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
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.
A first for the Wildspace
14 July 2015 A new species for Cambridgeshire has bee found
the Ely Wildspace. The Willow
Emerald Damselfly was spotted in the WildSpace in September
2014 and has just been confirmed as a first for Cambridgeshire by
the British Dragonfly Society.