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I like to include images on the blog… and today went to update the scout litter pick post with a great picture of them in the dark with head torches and litter pick equipment over at the wildlife area. Unfortunately there is a temporary glitch in the photo uploader… normal service will resume asap…

David Bond’s film Project Wild Thing, as featured on Newsnight today, is currently showing in Cambridge

Orchard Park Wildlife Area

Orchard Park Wildlife Area

Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature. The film is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature. The Guardian says this film will ‘change your life’.

We are lucky to have some green spaces and a wildlife area in Orchard Park.

For more info see

Join in a house spider survey….don’t extinguish, examine!

house spider

house spider

From the Society of Biology: There are about 660 different species of spider in the UK, and most of them will never come inside. Each autumn, however, male house spiders come indoors in search of a mate.

This year we are going to record house spiders as they move indoors, and we need sightings from around the UK. A free house spider recording app ‘Spider in da house’ is available through the Android and Apple app stores. The app, developed by us and built by TouchApp, allows people to report their sightings of Tegenaria spiders and helps identify other spider species. Alternatively, you can record sightings online. To subscribe to updates about the survey, please submit your email.

Click on the web link above to go to the Society of Biology page with the links to the apps and get over that arachnophobia!

From the RSPB: Just one in five UK children ‘connected to nature’, groundbreaking study finds

A three-year research project, undertaken by the RSPB, found that only 21 per cent of children in the UK have a level of connection to nature that can be considered ‘realistic and achievable’ for all children. The report’s findings will be released at an event at the Houses of Parliament tonight [16 October]. Click on the link above for more information.

Successful litter pick

litter pickThe scouts did a great job last night collecting litter in and around the wildlife area. The damp and cold didn’t put them off and they were very enthusiastic collecting about four large bin bags of rubbish. After the litter pick we went back to the community centre for some warming hot chocolate and a short session on the dangers of litter to wildlife and pets, wildlife gardening, and we listened to some bat detector recordings of a couple of species that live in Cambridgeshire. Some pictures of the litter pick will be posted in the next week or so. Thanks again to the scouts for helping wildlife and also to Carly Meagher, Community Officer of Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association for arranging the litter pick equipment.

Litter at the Wildlife Area

On Friday 11th October, the 1st Cambridge (Orchard Park) Scout Group are doing a litter pick and recycle in and around the wildlife area, it would be good if people would use the litter bins provided, rather than dropping things.

This will be very helpful to wildlife and pets. The RSPCA state “Annually, the RSPCA receives over 7,000 phone calls about litter-related incidents and our officers regularly rescue pets, farm and wild animals trapped or hurt by discarded litter.” Some examples include “a badger cub with a plastic can holder embedded in its neck, a cat that lacerated the footpad of its paw on some broken glass, and a hedgehog that got its head wedged in an empty carrot tin.”

Additionally, the Wildlife Trust notes “yoghurt cartons can trap inquisitive hedgehogs who move into the carton attracted by the remains, but then – because of their prickles – cannot move backwards to get out and discarded plastic loops which originally held drinks cans together can catch and kill hedgehogs and other small mammals. One way to avoid this is to cut the plastic loops before they are discarded.”

We’ve had confirmation of hedgehogs over at the wildlife area.

More info can be obtained at:

Litter around the wildlife area

Litter around the wildlife area



Tree pack being provided by the Woodland Trust

Delighted to inform that OP Wildlife Project’s application for a hedge starter pack from the Woodland Trust has been successful. The trees will be delivered in November and a date has been set with the local scout group to do the digging and planting. The tree plant and litter pick will contribute to one of their environmental awards. trees