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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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Creatures of the night
12 September 2014 The Creatures of the Night event is a great opportunity for all the family to learn about bats and moths. With an introduction to bats, a walk round Roswell Pits looking and listening for bats followed by (weather permitting) a look to see what has been collected in moth traps on Pocket Park. There will be games and a shorter walk for Ely Wildlife Watch families with younger children. Meet at 7pm at Cresswells Pocket Park /Fisherman's carpark.

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 lcpre@elywildspace.org.uk