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Nature Reserves

Twelve areas of Cambridge have been designated local nature reserves.

The reserves help protect many of the best wildlife habitats in the city.

Some recent designations — such as part of Coldham’s Common, next to the Barnwell reserves, and East Pit in Cherry Hinton — have now linked existing reserves, forming key ecological networks.

Each reserve is home to a variety of animals. With meadows, woods, ponds, and more to choose from you might spot a kingfisher, grass snake, or even an otter.

Similarly there is a wide variety of plant life at the reserves: at the right time of year you might find an orchid, wild thyme or bird's foot trefoil in flower.

We work closely with volunteers and partner organisations such as the Wildlife Trust to manage and restore these precious sites throughout the city.

Events and guided walks are organised all year round for people to enjoy, study, and learn about nature.

Find out more on the Local Nature Reserves click here

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