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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.

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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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 homemade cake.

The audio trail and interactive website will go live on Saturday and the link is

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)

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