Marbled white butterflies have been seen by many on Ely common. Up to 10!
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.
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.
A bit of work in the sunshine.
On a lovely sunny day in January, a few of our members were down in the flood meadows near the Great Ouse River. The fence was in need of repair and the hedge needed trimming in places and thickening up in others. We put in 11 new fence posts and wired them up, planted numerous trees to fill in the hedges gaps and trimmed some of the hedge in place to promote a thicker stronger barrier. Many thanks to all that helped and thank especially to the Environment Agency for their continued support.
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.
From 5pm on Friday 3 July to 5pm Saturday 4 July, over 200 members of the public joined wildlife experts in Ely Wildspace. Various events were held to find as many birds, butterflies, bats, moth, insects, spiders and plants as possible. In just 24 hours Ely’s first ever BioBlitz uncovered more than 600 species of plants, birds, butterflies, moths, ladybirds and spiders. More results are coming in and these include several that have never been recorded in Ely Wildspace before.
With the added help of glorious weather, people enjoyed spectacular moths, a dusk bat safari, great views of kingfishers, close-up encounters with young robins and bluetits, and the mysterious underwater symphonies of water boatmen, snails and diving beetles in Roswell Pit. Especially exciting finds included eyed hawkmoth, purple hairstreak butterfly and wild raspberry.
If you enjoyed it too – or couldn’t join us this year – look out for next year’s BioBlitz, and in the meantime visit the Ely Wildspace Diary page for more 2015 events around the Wildspace.