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Lichens abound…

 

A survey by the Cambridge Lichen Group, 9th April 2017 Mark Powell, Louise Bacon, Catherine Tregaskes, Paula Shipway

Seventy-six taxa were recorded from various habitats at Roswell Pits. Three of these are lichenicolous fungi; an under-recorded group of organisms that infect lichens. One of these, Pyrenochaeta xanthoriae was added to the British list in May 2016 and the occurrence at Roswell Pits is new to Cambridgeshire and the third record for Britain.

The most notable lichen community occurs on the trunks of old stubby trees on the bank beside Springhead Lane. A particularly notable example of this community occurs at TL5521.8050 where Bacidia viridifarinosa forms extensive pale green sorediate patches at the bases of the trunks. B. viridifarinosa is known from just one other site in Cambridgeshire, in Madingley Wood.

Green-winged Orchid

A Green-winged Orchid was found on Ely Common 19th April 2017. It is thought that this might have been introduced via hay from Chettisham Meadow which was donated by the Wildlife Trust together with wildflower seeds.

A wonderful Easter surprise – Peregrine on Cathedral

Easter Sunday brought a lovely surprise to Ely. Perched on the cathedral – at the top of the northern face of the main tower (ie visible from the old library) was a peregrine falcon. Although it looked quite settled there’s not the tell tale lime splatter to suggest that it’s been there regularly.

Fingers crossed though that they find Ely suitable and the Cathedral prime real estate and set up residence. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have breeding peregrines.

Glossy Ibis in the Wildspace

First seen in November, the Ibis disappeared for a while, but now the bird has returned and is not in the least bit camera shy. Although it might need some locating, once you find it, great views can be had. A popular visitor, enjoyed by all.

Click on the image to download the article from the Ely News.

Ely Wildspace’s BIG YEAR

The Big Year is an attempt to catalogue and record as many species, their location and their status, whether breeding, migratory or resident. We will be recording as many of the plants, insects, birds and mammals as possible as well as other taxa such as fungi, bryophytes and even slugs! Throughout the year there will be opportunity to get involved in some community events, walks and workshops. We hope to have experts available to lead these events and pass on their knowledge so you can contribute your findings.