Past events in July 2015 and 2016
July 2015: bat walk and overnight moth trap at the very new Nightingale Garden, in a former bowling green in Queen Edith's, South Cambridge (UK).
July 2016 - Ladybird-themed chill-out in the community garden at Rock Road Library in Queen Edith's, Cambridge.
July 2016 - Bat walk and overnight moth trap at Nightingale Garden.
July 2016 - nature walks along Cherry Hinton Brook - a chalk stream in Cambridge.
July 2016 - Wild-life friendly gardening at Empty Common Community Garden, in North Trumpington, Cambridge.
July 2016 - Making small habitats and mini-beast hunting at Nightingale Garden.
1. Local listings of wild places and events
- 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 Cambridge City Council or the local Wildlife Trust. There are also smaller City Wildlife Sites, but some of these aren't accessible to the public. There are lots of opportunities for supported volunteering.
2. Local events and regular activities including bioblitzes and citizen science
3. 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. Frequent events throughout the year. Would love more volunteers.
- 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).
- Cambridge City Council.
- Cambridge Past, Present and Future.
- Christ's Pieces Residents Association.
- Empty Common Community Garden.
- Friends of Bramblefields.
- Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook.
- Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall - very active group with frequent activities.
- Friends of Coldham's Common.
- Friends of Coleridge Rec - can't find a website.
- Friends of Ditton Meadows.
- Friends of Histon Road Cemetery.
- Friends of Histon Road Rec - not sure this is the best website.
- Friends of Nightingale Park - no website.
- Friends of Midsummer Common - have a large community orchard, next to a wild common by the River Cam.
- Friends of Mill Road Cemetery.
- Friends of Milton Country Park.
- Friends of Rock Road Library.
- Friends of Stourbridge Common.
- Friends of the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke.
- Hobson's Conduit Trust - very established group, involved in custodianship of this important water supply to Cambridge - exciting new projects in development - and a new website expected soonish.
- Jesus Green Association.
- Magog Down.
- Orchard Park Wildlife Project - community group in a new development in North Cambridge. Frequent activities and would love more volunteers.
- 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.
- Trumpington Community Orchard - well-established orchard created and managed by a community group. Frequent events and they would love more volunteers.
4. Local groups with specialist interest and/or attached to habitats
- Action for Swifts - national but local to us.
- Anglia Ruskin University Wildlife Society.
- British Bryological Society - Cambridge branch.
- Butterfly Conservation - Cambs and Essex branch.
- Cam Catchment Partnership.
- Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
- Cambridge Conservation Volunteers.
- Cambridge Conservation Forum.
- Cam and Ely Ouse Catchment Partnership (CamEO).
- Cambridgeshire Bat Group (website coming soon).
- Cambridgeshire Beekeepers Association - swarmline, events and they run really good courses to learn about how to keep bees.
- 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 Geological Society.
- Cambridgeshire Lichens (can't find a website).
- Cambridgeshire Mammal Group.
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group (CPARG).
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Biodiversity Partnership.
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Environmental Records Centre (CPERC).
- Cambridge Natural History Society: NatHistCam project.
- Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
- Cambridge University Nature Society (link from CNHS website).
- Cam Valley Forum.
- Conservators of the River Cam.
- Countryside Restoration Trust.
- National Institute for Agricultural Biology (NIAB).
- RSPB Cambridge Local Group.
- South Cambs Fungi Group (Melbourn Mushroom Club).
- U3A naturalists (can't find a page for a nature group).
- University of Cambridge - Museum of Zoology & Department of Zoology.