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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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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 18 January?

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 and drink.

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.

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To contact Elywildspace, phone Liz Hunter on 01353 664191, or email lcpre@elywildspace.org.uk