Monthly Archive: January 2015

Winter Wildlife Walk at Roswell Pits

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.

Enter Ely’s 9th Bird Race

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.