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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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Enter Ely's 9th Bird Race
10 January 2015 Last year an amazing 65 species of bird
were recorded during the Winter Wildspace Bird Race, including bittern
and marsh harrier. Are you up to the challenge of attempting to
beat that total? Alternatively, do you simply fancy a guided birdwatching
walk around the fantastic wildlife areas right on our doorstep?
If you do, then why not join the Ely Wildspace Bird Race on Sunday
We are meeting at 8am sharp at the top of
Kiln Lane (the road leading to the Environment Agency off Prickwillow
Road) where we will divide up into small teams, each of which will
be led by an experienced local birdwatcher. The teams will then
set off and walk all around the Wildspace trying to see and hear
as many bird species as possible. At around 11am the teams will
meet up again to compare notes and discover the winning team. The
event is free and everyone is welcome. Please bring binoculars (if
you have them), warm and waterproof clothing, and plenty of food
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.