Nature Notes – Cambridge TV show dedicated to Cambridge’s Wildlife

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Screen grab from Cambridge TV – opening sequence of Episode 2 of Nature Notes

Have a look at Episodes 1 and 2 of Nature Notes. They’re pilot episodes which we hope to make a into a series for Cambridge TV. The series would cover all manner of Cambridge’s wildlife across the county. Episodes 1 and 2 are a wildlife garden makeover show filmed at the Margerison family’s home in Histon. Both episodes have been broadcast on Cambridge TV.

Click here for Episode 1

Click here for Episode 2

We would really appreciate some feedback on the programmes, especially positive feedback. It would also be great if you would be interested in seeing a series dedicated to our local wildlife, and if you could mention that in the comment section on the Cambridge TV website (the links above direct you to comments).

The programmes were filmed by Chris Pink with my assistance, and Sarah Wood, who has worked extensively with Alan Titchmarsh, presented. We all worked on the story and Orchard Park Wildlife Project arranged the wildlife garden makeover activities. We’re all working on story ideas for new episodes and Cambridge TV are seeking sponsorship to allow us to make the series happen – positive feedback and expressions of interest in the series will help with that – and if you could help with sponsorship, that would be greatly appreciated, just let us know 🙂

Hedgehog Awareness Week

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Orchard Park Hedgehog photographed in July 2015 by Giovanna Creasey

Tomorrow is the start of 2016’s Hedgehog Awareness Week – the following is from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website:

Hedgehog Awareness Week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and takes place every year.  It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them.

This year efforts are focussed on strimmers and cutting machines – every year we hear of many terrible injuries and deaths caused by garden machinery. BHPS is asking people to check areas carefully before using any machinery.  They have produced a sticker to be placed onto machines and are asking councils and tool hire companies to get in touch and request the free stickers for their machines.
As well as checking areas before cutting there are other things we can do to help too:
  • Ensure there is hedgehog access in your garden – a 13cm x 13cm gap in boundary fences and walls.
  • Move piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.
  • Ensure netting is kept at a safe height.
  • Check compost heaps before digging the fork in.
  • Stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used.
  • Cover drains or deep holes.
  • Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.


Orchard Park Wildlife Project will contact OPCC to see if they will ask grounds contractors to use the free stickers from BHPS on their machines to remind grounds people to look out for hedgehogs before they begin work.



Photos from Lizard Monitoring Workshop


Lizard found yesterday. A shame its eye isn’t visible, but patterning and body shape are clearly shown. The line on the back isn’t broken, and the body is quite wide, so probably an adult female


Laying the felt refugia for monitoring


Training session

Thanks to everyone who came to the training workshop yesterday. I’ve sent an email to everyone outlining monitoring plans. Looking forward to successful monitoring of what might be Cambridge’s largest lizard population.

For all resources about the monitoring go to Lizard Monitoring

Presentation by Steven Allain and Mark Goodman. How to monitor and identify Common Lizards

Click here to see the presentation from Saturday’s Lizard Monitoring Workshop

The presentation is in video format so you can watch and pause at your own pace.

Everyone is Going Loopy for Lizards

imageAs as well as coverage in Cambridge News, herpetologists Steven Allain and Mark Goodman of Cambridge and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group have been interviewed for Cambridge TV and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Drive time

Hoping for sun and lots of lizards tomorrow 🙂