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Cambridge Wild Weekend

8th July 2016 @ 8:00 pm10th July 2016 @ 4:00 pm

Following the success in 2015 of the event at Nightingale Park, for 2016 there will be a cluster of nature-themed, free, drop-in events from local community groups, in partnership with Cambridge City Council, Sustrans and the local Wildlife Trust. Keep checking back here for more information: cambridgewildweekend.org.uk Fri 8 July 3.30 pm to 5 pm (the library opens at 3 and closes at 6 pm): Ladybird-themed chill-out Rock Road Library Garden Details: Come and relax in the library garden, after school or nursery. Read a wildlife book. Hunt for ladybirds and their young. Take part in simple ladybird crafts. Share a snack. Free to attend, no booking required, stay as long as you like. Some activities will only take place if the weather is kind. Children need to remain accompanied by a parent or guardian. Brought to you by Queen Edith’s Community Forum working in partnership with local community groups.

8 to 10 pm: Bat walk, with moth- and insect-trap setting Nightingale Garden, Nightingale Park Details: very informal meet up in the new community garden in the former bowling green. With Guy Belcher, City Council Biodiversity Officer, we will set some insect traps in and around the growing pictorial meadow beds, do some sweep netting, look at easy ways to attract moths and also set a large overnight moth trap. As it gets dark, we will look for bats and use a bat detector to help work out what kinds are visiting the park and garden. Last year we saw and heard three species: noctule, serotine and pipestrelles. It will be weather dependent. Come for as long as you like. No need to book. Bring a torch and a snack if you wish. See the garden website too: www.nightingalegarden.org.uk.

Sat 9 July 9 to ~11 am: Moths, meadows and minibeasts Nightingale Garden, Nightingale Park Details: come early to see the best moths. Soon after 9 am, we will unwrap the over-night moth trap and identify and count species. Last year we had 27, with the most amazing hawk moths that settle on your hands and clothes. We should also trap some insects in the moth trap and in some small pit traps. We might do some more sweep netting and shakes some insects from the trees. Stay as long as you like, no need to book. It will be weather dependent. Bring a snack along if you wish – and a camera. See the garden website too: www.nightingalegarden.org.uk.

Probably 2 pm to about 5 pm: ‘Not just water voles…a wildlife wander along Cherry Hinton Brook’ Walk from the Mill Rd end of Cherry Hinton Brook, with Sustrans See the Sustrans website for details: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/events/not-just-water-voles-led-walks-cambridge Because the path is narrow in places and an important cycleway with open water, we will run two walks at 2pm and 4pm and ask people to book (for free) via Eventbrite – link from Sustrans website (to keep numbers manageable). We are delighted that members of the Friends of Cherry Hinton Brook will be joining us, introducing the project and also pointing out things of especial interest. We will meet outside the Brook pub near the Junction of Mill Rd and Perne Road (there is some cycle parking, and a bus stop there too).

Sun 10 July Morning: ‘A Garden for Life’ Empty Common Community Garden ECCG will be showing garden design and gardening for wildlife. They will have several posters and signs so people looking around can see the gardening styles and features and how they have been designed to incorporate wildlife. People to chat to about the project too.

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2 to 4 pm: Making wildlife habitats in a community garden Nightingale Garden, Nightingale Park Join the garden volunteers for their regular Sunday afternoon session. We can give you some informal mini tours of wildlife habitats we are making. There will be some simple craft activities for children (they need to stay accompanied by a parent or guardian). Stay as long as you like. Weather allowing. No need to book. We usually break for ‘Gardeners’ tea at 3′.

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8th July 2016 @ 8:00 pm
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10th July 2016 @ 4:00 pm