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!!
As 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.
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!
Are you interested in exploring another local SSSI, that might be less familiar than Ely Pits & meadows? Would you be willing to volunteer to pull ragwort on one of the units of Soham Wet Horse fen SSSI (notified for its community of grassland flora)?This event will take place on 10:30 Sat 20th July. Please contact us for further details.
Several school groups have been visiting Ely Wildspace over the past few weeks as part of our educational programme. On 13 June two year 3 classes from Ely St John’s joined Liz Hunter for environmental art activities, and on 25 and 27 June Liz ,Ben Green Pam Bullivant and Helen Moore spent the mornings introducing year 4 children to some of the wonderful wildlife that lives on their doorstep. Thanks to Mrs Geeson, Ms Blakeman, Mrs Wills, Mr Firth and the children at ESJ for all their enthusiasm. Do contact Ely Wildspace (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to arrange a visit to the Wildspace for your school.