We are keen to create good habitats for wildlife, including batsbees, birds, butterflies, hedgehogs, insects and moths.

  • Bare earth bank - these are good for at least two types of solitary bees: mining bees (Colletes) and hairy-footed flower bee (great name!). The part-bare earth around the club hut is good. 
  • The Bird Cafe.
  • Bug-opolis bug hotel: (news; photo of solitary bees nesting in holes; ).
  • Bumblebee nest pots - installed to the left of the entrance gate by the hedge; (instructions on how to make your own).
  • Compost bins - good for creatures, including grass snakes (page on composting).
  • Green roofs - these are great for biodiversity... we have found a place for one but need to do some drawings and get some funding...(seed mixes).
  • Hanging basket habitat - with pine cones, dried leaves etc (news).
  • Hedgehog hotel - we made one, now behind a tree. See hedgehog page.
  • Hibernaculum for reptiles and amphibians. Guy has made one for us behind the pond for reptiles and amphibia to over-winter. It is within the fence to keep dog noses and small children away. It also has a bog garden in front of it. We hope Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group (CPARG) will become partners in this project.
  • Leaves - we generate lots of fallen leaves in the garden, especially from the Swedish whitebeam trees. These rot down faster than some other types of leaves - so we are very lucky. We had an old pile of well-rotted leaf mould, which we used to mulch beds. We rake up lots of leaves in the Autumn: we put them into our new leaf mould bins. The fallen leaves are good to include in some kinds of habit too - like hedgehog hotels and hibernacula for reptiles and amphibia.
  • Long grass areas and chalk grassland - lawns are good for tawny mining bees, which are brown and stripey. They dig small holes surrounded by volcano-shaped mounds of earth. We can look out for them, especially in Springtime when they make nests, lay their eggs and emerge (photo of solitary bee hole in grass).
  • Meadow - long-flowering diverse areas of meadow are good for insects, small mammals, reptiles etc... And people love them too.
  • Minibeast mansion - made of pallets with a felt cover to keep things dry, this should be good for hedgehogs and anything small that likes a dry environment. It also has an alpine bed on top, which should keep it cool (news).
  • Native hedge.
  • Nature pond: ponds support birds, hedgehogs, pollinators, amphibia etc... (spawn in the news; ).
  • Slow-rot bins - good for creatures to lurk under (news).
  • Stagbeetle skyline - deep buried logs for stagbeetles (news).
  • Wildflowers.
  • Woodpile - in January 2016, we made two woodpiles and have made several temporary ones since. They should be good for wildlife but also primary science students.
  • Club hut - the old club hut is also quite a wildlife habitat with lots of lacewings, old solitary wasp nests and the odd overwintering caterpillar.

Useful links

See the new Cambridge Wild webpage for useful links.

Last updated: 15 May 2017