Welcome to the Ely Wildspace website


The site describes what Ely Wildspace does, and contains pages about the main areas of the Wildspace (see slideshow below), memories of the area, and lists of wildlife you might see.

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Cuckoo Bridge reedbed
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Railway Loop
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Creswell Park
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Ely Common east
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Roswell Pits SSSI
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Ely Common west

With its spectacular cathedral, gentle pace of life, and delightful riverside setting, Ely is a special place to live. However, its rapid growth is putting increasing pressure on the city's remaining wild spaces. The quiet backwaters of Roswell Pits and the nearby wetlands and meadows along the River Great Ouse are now some of the last fragments of nature around Ely. The area is so important nationally it has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

To help to protect this and other wild spaces around Ely, the group Ely Wildspace was formed, made up of volunteers from Ely and the surrounding villages. The group has successfully campaigned to achieve 'town green' and SSSI status to help protect Ely's wild spaces and is working collaboratively with other bodies to enhance the area.

Protecting and enhancing Ely's wild spaces