See also Facebook: www.facebook.com/cambridgewild.
What is/was Cambridge Wild?
A programme of wild places - and wildlife-related events in July in Cambridge.
An informal network of people and groups interested in wild spaces, wildlife and how people interact with them - we are based in and around Cambridge and most of us are volunteers (see below).
A portal to other resources (see below). Two-page summary list to print.
Portal to other resources
Local listings of wild places - and projects
Cambridge colleges have wonderful gardens, some formal, some quite wild, some alongside the river, and most open, at least sometimes, to the general public. There are, however, restrictions during exam time and Kings' College charges non-residents for admission.
Local Nature Reserves - owned and managed by either/or City Council or local Wildlife Trust. There are also smaller City Wildlife Sites, but some of these aren't accessible to the public. Lots of opportunities for supported volunteering: Barnwell East; Barnwell West; Bramblefields; Byron's Pool; Coldham's Common; Logan's Meadow; Nine Wells; Paradise; Sheep's Green and Coe Fen; Stourbridge Common; West Pit
Wildlife Trust nature reserves in Cambs: Beechwoods; Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits; Fulbourn Fen; Skaters' Meadow; Trumpington Meadows
Local events and regular activities including bioblitzes and citizen science
Bioblitz Cambridge - annual (usually, July) event - (see Museum of Zoology website).
Hobson's Brook Bioblitz - started in June 2017.
Conversazione - annual event in the Zoology Dept (free to enter), with lots of displays and opportunity to see what local individuals and groups are getting up to (see CNHS website).
Local groups, attached to wild places
Abbey People - neighbourhood association for North East part of Cambridge. Projects include the Margaret Wright Community Orchard, by the football stadium.
Cambridge Past, Present and Future. Manage Wandlebury Country Park and Coton Countryside Reserve and look after the Leper Chapel, Bourn Mill and Hinxton Mill.
Empty Common Community Garden - wildlife friendly food- and community-growing at the end of a City Council allotment site and next to Hobson's Brook.
Friends of Bramblefields. Bramblefields is one of the city’s local nature reserves.
Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook - well-established group with many activities during the year, including nature walks, litter picking, biodiversity monitoring.
Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall - very active group with frequent activities.
Friends of Coleridge Rec - can't find a website.
Friends of Histon Road Rec - not sure this is the best website.
Friends of Midsummer Common - have a large community orchard, next to a wild common by the River Cam.
Friends of Rock Road Library - has a small community garden in the front and back of the branch library (with a heritage-variety orchard), created and managed by volunteers. They like to garden in a way that is wildlife friendly.
Friends of the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke. The Roman Road and Fleam Dyke are important archaeological sites as well as valuable chalk grassland habitat.
Hobson's Conduit Trust - very established group, involved in custodianship of this important water supply to Cambridge.
Jesus Green Association.
Magog Down. The Magog Down is an area for restoration, conservation and informal recreation on the Gog Magog Hills just south of the boundary of the City of Cambridge. It is owned and managed by the Magog Trust and covers 163.5 acres of previously intensively farmed arable land.
Orchard Park Wildlife Project - community group in a new development in North Cambridge.
Queen Edith's in Bloom - new RHS-affiliated group, part of Queen Edith's Community Forum, aiming to make this area of South Cambridge better for wildlife and people. Projects include Nightingale Garden (this website), 'a biodiverse garden for everyone to enjoy' in a former bowling green in a City Council recreation ground near Addenbrooke's (which includes annual - and a perennial Pictorial Meadows). From Summer 2017, a new RHS-funded Greening Grey Britain project: Wulfstan Way Raingardens, with 28th Cambridge cubs and the RHS Outreach team.
Trumpington Community Orchard - well-established orchard created and managed by a community group.
Local groups with specialist interest and/or attached to habitats
Action for Swifts - national but local to us.
Beds, Cambs and Northants Wildlife Trust - create and look after lots of wild places - fantastic people and website. Do take out a membership - you get really nice magazines too!
British Bryological Society - Cambridge branch. Mosses and liverworts.
Butterfly Conservation - Cambs and Essex branch. Butterflies and moths.
Cam Catchment Partnership. The river Cam and its tributaries.
Cambridge Conservation Volunteers. Lots of opportunities for practical work.
Cambridge Conservation Forum. An active network of over 50 conservation-related member organisations and institutions based in and around Cambridge.
Cam and Ely Ouse Catchment Partnership (CamEO). The Rivers Cam and Ouse and their tributaries.
Cambridgeshire Bird Club - 'promotes the study, recording and conservation of birds in Cambridgeshire and encourages a wider interest in natural history and the protection of county wildlife habitats'.
Cambridgeshire Lichens (can't find a website).
Cambridge Natural History Society: Talks, excursions and survey work.
Cambridge University Nature Society. Organised by students.
Conservators of the River Cam. Manage the River Cam.
Countryside Restoration Trust. Promotes wildlife-friendly farming and campaigns for a living, working countryside. Manages Lark Rise Farm in Barton.
NatHistCam project - surveying the flora and fauna of the city.
RSPB Cambridge Local Group. A great way to meet friendly, like-minded people in your area while learning more about birds and wildlife.
South Cambs Fungi Group (Melbourn Mushroom Club).
U3A naturalists The U3A provides educational and social activities to those no longer in full-time employment, including courses on botany and natural history (see under ‘science’).
National and local Citizen Science events, by month
January: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.
February: National Nest Box Week - from British Trust for Ornithology.
March/April: In Cambridge, community sowing of Pictorial Meadows.
May: Bee Count.
June: popular time for bioblitzes.
August: Big Butterfly Count.
October: RHS/Wildlife Trust Wild About Gardens week.
National - apps
National groups, local places, citizen science resources
British wild flowers: includes common names and photos.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust: small independent charity - with lots of online information.
Flora Locale - for wildflower grasslands.
Hymettus: undertakes research and is the leading source of advice on the conservation of bees, wasps, ants and other invertebrates in the British Isles. It has lots of good information sheets on individual bee species but also general ones about bee hotels, gardening in the different seasons for bees and winter-active bumblebees.
Open Air Laboratories (OPAL): Polli:Nation; Habitat, plant and pollinator guide; Support guide; Recording sheet; Biodiversity survey; Survey booklet; Hedgerow ID guide; invertebrate ID guide; Recording sheet; Bug count; Bugs survey booklet; Species quest; Bugs count survey sheet; Water surveys; Water survey booklet; Freshwater invertebrate ID guide; Amphibian guide; Dragonflies ID guide; Duckweeds guide; OPALometer; Water survey recording sheet.
The English Hedgerows Trust - has very useful 'good practice guide'.
National resources for sustainable and wildlife-friendly gardening (and making community gardens)
Artful rainwater design book.
Eco-gardening - rain gardens (BBC gardening blog by Nigel Dunnett).
Eden Project Guide to Green Spaces - online version - really excellent.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS): Alternatives to peat; Anglia in Bloom; Britain in Bloom; Campaign for School gardening; Communities; Drought-resistant gardening; Gardening in a changing world; Greening Grey Britain - community action; It's Your Neighbourhood (IYN) scheme; Water use in gardens.
The Sensory Trust - useful resources about accessibility and inclusivity.
Somerset Waste Partnership: making compost bins; - this uses bought wood.
Susdrain - about sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) - for professionals.
Water Blues, Green Solutions DVD and website - full of inspiring things about the 'science of our environment and art of design' - like 'downspout planters', rain gardens, pocket parks, porous pavements, tree pits...
Woodland Trust webpage on wildlife-friendly trees.
National - especially for young people
Barcode Ecology - blog written by local nature enthusiast Megan Shersby.
A Focus on Nature - youth nature network (for those under 30 and mostly over 16 or 18).
Learning Through Landscapes: useful 'risk assessments' for outdoor learning including cooking, gardening.
RSPB: Outdoor resources for schools - including spot-it sheets; Bee B&B; Bird ID; Birds and mammals; Bug hotels; Flowering plants; grow flowers for butterflies; Minibeasts1; Minibeasts 2; Minibeast ID; Flowering plants; Ponds; Tracks and signs; Trees and shrubs; Wildlife ID.
Wildlife Trust: Nature Detectives: Creepy crawly palaces; Caterpillar hunt; Sensory box for babies and toddlers; 20 things to do with sticks; Ladybird ID; Nightflying moths; Pond dipping; Summer flowers ID.
Last updated: 4 April 2018