Welcome to ELY Wildspace

Buffering the eastern edge of Ely is a green corridor with a number of important wild habitats. Wild flower meadows, reed-beds and wooded pathways are just some of the examples that can be found here. These support a wide variety of wildlife such as bittern, water voles, dragonflies...
The Ely Wildspace group works to protect and enhance these wild habitats. This in turn protects and enhances the wildlife that can be found there. Helping local people enjoy the natural treasures on their doorstep.

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The next Bioblitz

Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd July 2016
24hr wildlife search from 17.00 - 17.00

We invite you come along and discover the diversity of life on our doorstep. We aim to find as many species as we can in 24 hours, with the help of YOU and our wildlife experts. There are many activities throughout the 24 hours for you to book onto, including bat walks, bird walks, wildlife craft activities and much more. Each one will help you find out more about the plants and animals that live right under our noses, under our feet or over our heads… See how many you can identify by the end of the BioBlitz. Events are free and most are suitable for all ages Further pre-bookable activities will be released so do check the website.

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Bitterns are recovering, and Ely & district has played its par

Bittern Botaurus stellaris

Bittern Botaurus stellaris

Leading UK conservation organisations have recently updated their assessment of the status of British birds (Birds of Conservation Concern 4) and it makes desperately sad reading, with more species than ever placed on the Red List. However, within the report there is a glimmer of hope, and it is one to which the people of Ely and district have contributed. The bittern is one of only three bird species that have improved in status and left the Red List (moved to the Amber List) – and this is down to the successful creation of new reed beds, but also maintenance and improvement of existing habitats like Roswell Pits which provide a critical winter feeding site for the bitterns living in the Beet Pits. Without the action taken and supported by many Ely residents our bitterns would be in a much worse situation and possibly no longer with us. I think that the people of Ely and the Potters Group who manage the Beet Pits should be proud of their contribution to this conservation success.

by Mark Welch and Kev Smith

10th Ely Bird Race

wren EWS

A wren Troglodytes troglodytes

6th December saw a number of keen birdwatcher out on the biannual Ely Bird Race. Small teams, led by expert birders, walked around Ely Wildspace – Roswell Pits and Meadows looking for as many bird species as possible. This year we saw 60 species of bird.

Bat boxes in the Wildspace


Batman (Richard Braund) was hard at work during the autumn in anticipation of a cold winter. He made six bat boxes from old pallets. Then he and his side kick Robin (Bill) were went down to the Wildspace to hang them on the trees. Keep a lookout for bats in the area during spring and summer. They could have overwintered in out bat boxes!!

Nationally Scarce Hoverfly found at Ely Wildspace

T primusAs part of a wider survey of hoverflies in the Ely area this year, which reached a total of 76 species and over 1000 individual records, Mark Welch found an unusual species of small black hoverfly – Triglyphus primus feeding on umbels at the Wildspace on 16/8/2015. This fly has, on close inspection, diagnostic features that distinguish it from other similar members of the tribe Pipizini: it has only two prominent abdominal segments visible (segments 2 and 3; segment 4 is very small) compared with other Pipizines which have three clearly visible (segments 2, 3 and 4). This fly has “Nationally Scarce” status.

Rare hoverfly recorded in Ely

Clear abdominal markings

A rare hoverfly was recorded at a site close to the Wildspace.

The Anasimyia interpuncta was caught by budding amateur entomologist Mark Welch. These beautiful flies have been been recorded at only at Wicken Fen and Woodwalton Fen, in Cambridgeshire. Now we have added a third site in our very own “back yard”. Keep your eyes peeled for these enigmatic little flies because they could also be in the Wildspace!