Water Voles on the increase on the Middle Level – learn how to spot them..

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Water Vole

A latest survey (2015 results) by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire  of water voles on the Middle Level has found them  in very encouraging numbers in the Middle Level of the Fens.

More about this report  here: Water Vole Survey

Also there are two unique training opportunities available in April to learn more about these elusive Fenland characters (and their otter friends) . For dates and information see here: Water vole and otter field signs identification course 2016

Ramsey Duck Races and Heritage Sunday

Sunday 3 April saw duck racing and free vintage bus rides in Ramsey. As well as being fun the duck races aimed to inspire local residents to access and enjoy their local river and establish a group of local volunteers interested in improving their local environment.

Duck racing Ramsey style

Duck racing Ramsey style

There were seven races in all with a final which was won by “Tallulah” a speedy pink duck. There was also a prize for the best named duck – “Cheese and Quackers”.

The winner , the Mayor and a large duck.

The winner , the Mayor and a large duck.

A free vintage bus ride was available to take locals on a “Weird and Wonderful Waterways tour” as well as drop off points at the towns many heritage sites of interest.

Free vintage bus rides around Ramsey

Free vintage bus rides around Ramsey

The Fire Crew from Ramsey were at the  library with their fire engine giving out water safety messages along with Rivercare and Anglian Water  who were encouraging residents to take care of their rivers and drains.

Ramsey Firefighter and friend

Ramsey Firefighter and friend

Rob from Rivercare

Rob from Rivercare

The day was a great success with over 300 people taking part and 48 people expressing an interest in volunteering to help improve their local river. The beautiful weather helped as did the involvement of volunteers on the day who assisted with safety, racing the ducks and signing people up for races.

1pm race

The 1pm race

Les from Packers Canoes and that duck again

Les from Packers Canoes and that duck again        

Tired (but clean) ducks

Tired (but clean) ducks – donated to Ramsey Town for further duck racing adventures in years to come.

Ramsey tidy up and litter pick morning by Bury Brook

Ramsey volunteers, Fiona from Rivercare and Rachael from Cambridgeshire ACRE had a go at tidying up the river bank by the side of Bury Brook on 31 March. There was quite a haul: eight bags of litter and some very interesting (!) pieces hauled out of the Brook including a Christmas tree, an unidentified trap and a bike.  Huntingdonshire District Council supplied the litter bags and arranged to collect the rubbish and the session was led by Fiona. By the time the group had finished the riverside looked a lot more cared for and ready for the duck races on the following Sunday.

Litter in Bury Brook

Litter in Bury Brook

After the tidy up

After the tidy up

Collected rubbish

Collected rubbish

Litter pickers

Litter pickers