Post by Steven Allain on Orchard Park’s Lizards

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Click on the link to see Steven’s full blog post on Herping With The Orchard Park Wildlife Project

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Common Lizards confirmed at Orchard Park

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On the edge of the site adjacent to the A14 in the morning sun

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Checking the wood previously placed to attract lizards

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Is there a lizard under there?

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Spot the lizard basking in the sun

Additional photos from Geoff Morely of Transition Cambridge

Thanks so much to Geoff Morley, Steven Allain, and Mark Goodman for setting up the Transition Cambridge Wildlife Wander with Orchard Park Wildlife Project. The Wildlife Trust BCN had identified the area behind Topper St play area as good habitat for reptiles when they surveyed for the Orchard Park Habitats Management Plan, and suggested we survey there in August. Saturday morning’s weather turned out to be perfect, a relief after the cold and rain, we had a good turn out and between us we spotted eight Common Lizard adults, several basking on the fence in the sun warming up prior to activity. They’re gorgeous close up – see Jo Sinclair’s photo above posted in Cambridge Nature Community. Two juveniles were also seen, great news as it indicates they’re breeding at the site. Now we know they’re there, we’ll look into carrying out population estimates and hopefully monitoring as community activities.

Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital, at the Community Centre, 11.00-12.00 on Monday 24 August

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Barrow at the Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital, along with two little hedgehogs in her care, Sebastian and Baby Spice – I mentioned in a previous blog post they were both adorable.

Mary is very kindly coming to the Orchard Community Centre on Monday 24th August at 11.00am and will have a hand reared hedgehog or two that you can meet. She will tell us all about the important work done at the hospital, why hedgehogs are declining, and what we can do as individuals and as a community to help them.

We hope to see you there. This event is free, family friendly, and suited to all ages. Donations can be given to the Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital.

To read more about their work go to: Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital

BBQ in aid of Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital

Reminder about the event tomorrow ….

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Simon and Rose are neighbours to Orchard Park living just south of Kings Hedges Road. They became fascinated with hedgehogs when one began visiting their garden regularly last year. It appeared small so they fed it frequently before it disappeared to hibernate for the winter. Thankfully it survived the winter and still visits their garden. They’ve called it Benson. Simon and Rose are keen to help Benson and kin. As well as being wildlife friendly garden practitioners, they’re organising a BBQ at the Carlton Arms pub on 8th August – all proceeds will go to the excellent work at the Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital see: Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital

We’ll be promoting wildlife friendly gardening at the event.

There’ll be a raffle at the BBQ to win prizes such as a family river cruise on the canal boat ‘Rosie’ see: River Cruise

For more information contact: shavaddy@yahoo.co.uk

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