Tuesday December 17th: ‘Efficient Applications’ Workshop hosted by Natural England  

Location: Ben Burgess, Brook Farm, Ellington, PE28 0AE

A full day of workshops for farmers looking at a range of topics including:

-Grants available for pesticide filling areas
-Sprayer use and best practice
-Direct drilling and soil structure
-Fertiliser spreading and placement
-Stewardship opportunities for the future

Booking is essential for catering purposes. To book please contact Andrew Down (Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer) at or 07769305472. Please supply contact details and any dietary requirements.

Tuesday May 14: Floating Pennywort Volunteer Workshop Invitation  

Interested in your rivers? Want to help protect habitats and wildlife from invasive species? We want you! On: Tuesday 14 May 2019, 7pm – 9pm

 At: Charter Hall, St Ives Corn Exchange, The Pavement, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 5AD

Floating Pennywort is a non-native invasive species which causes a range of problems including changing the availability of oxygen in the water, threatening fish and invertebrates, choking drainage systems, blocking navigation and crowding our native water plants.

If you are interested in finding out how you could help to control this invasive plant  then please come along to this event  where we will be discussing potential volunteering opportunities you could get involved in and how we could all work together to develop a more co-ordinated approach to dealing with this plant.

Cambridgeshire ACRE, River Care and Environment Agency staff will be on hand to answer questions about the volunteer schemes and how you can help.

You will also have the opportunity to share local knowledge of sightings of this invasive plant and how far it could spread.

Please contact by 7 May 2019 to secure your place.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday April 9 : Ramsey River Litter Pick

Meeting at 10am behind the Rivermill flats (by the Bridge) which is at the Tesco end of the Great Whyte. Anyone with enthusiasm for wildlife, nature and improving the environment is welcome.

If you are interested in coming along please contact  the RiverCare group leader: John Palmer on or contact Rachael Brown (Cambridgeshire ACRE) on 01353 865037/

February 2019: Wildlife monitoring volunteers needed

The Middle Level Commissioners need local people to help monitor the amazing wildlife  in the Fens. Call Peter Beckenham on 01354 653232 or email him at:


Thursday 24 January – Tyres, Traction and Compaction workshops 

The Barn, Fenside Road, Warboys, PE28 2XR

Two half day workshop  for farmers with looking at reducing soil compaction. In partnership with AHDB and Natural England. Booking is essential for catering purposes. Book one session only.

Agenda here.

To book a place click here.

Sunday 30 September: River and Litter clear – Ramsey RiverCare Group

 Litter Pick and River Clear, behind The George Hotel, Sunday 30 September,10.00am

To take part contact:

Rachael Brown, 01353 865037,

Saturday 16 June: Bat & Barn Owl Evening at WWT Welney

 Explore the reserve at dusk with a warden to get closer to our nocturnal wildlife.

Time: 9-11.30pm

Cost: £12 per adult, £5 per child.  Booking essential.

Hundreds of species use our wetlands under the cover of darkness and you can meet some of them with us.

Barn owls hunt in the vast openess of the Fen landscape, after sunset we will watch for the first individuals coming out to hunt over the wet grasslands.

Eight species of bat use our reserve to hunt for their insect prey, we will use bat detecotrs to listen to their calls and watch as they fly overhead at dusk.

We will put out light and scent stations to attract a range of moth species and be able to show you that moths are just as colourful as butterflies – if not more!

Book in advance by calling 01353 860711 or email

Friday 22 June: Reedbed Safari with the RSPB


Price: Non Member £30, Members £24

Booking essential

Join one of the Ouse Fen wardens for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Hanson-RSPB wetland project. Come and see for yourselves how Hanson and the RSPB are working together to create a nature reserve from a working quarry. This is conservation on a landscape scale. You will see how the reserve progresses from a hole in the ground to a well established reedbed with marsh harriers, bitterns and bearded tits. Please ring or email Hannah Bernie to book your place and for directions to the meeting point. Ground may be un-even so bring strong footwear.


RSPB Ouse Fen, Needingworth


 Wicken Fen to Woodwalton Fen

Entrance Fee: Registration Fee (£15 per individual, £35 per team of 4 people)

Are you up for taking part in the challenge??….there are no hills!!!

The Rothschild Way Challenge is a 39-mile route in Cambridgeshire along the Rothschild Way between Wicken Fen and Woodwalton Fen, linking the 2 oldest nature reserves in UK. The route was named in honour of Charles Rothschild, who bought both sites in 1899 and 1910 respectively and who became a major pioneer in developing wildlife conservation in the UK.

You will start the day early with breakfast at Wicken Fen, the walk will take you along lovely riverside areas full of wildlife and you end up at the beautiful Rothschild’s Bungalow to collect your medal and certificate and most importantly you will be raising money for one of the most amazing conservation projects that is happening in the country today.

If you can’t manage the whole 39 miles then why not get a team of 4 together and do a stage each?

For more information please contact event organiser Diana Spencer: 01487 815524  or contact

Saturday 25 August International bat night walk at Woodwalton Fen

 8:15pm to 10:00pm

Woodwalton Fen

Entrance Fee: £3 per person

The Wildlife Trust will be running its annual Bat Walks across several nature reserves. Join our regular team of surveyors as they record which bat species are using our nature reserves. Get the opportunity to try using a bat detector and learn more about these elusive creatures.

Booking essential via –

Bring along a torch, warm clothing and insect repellent.

23 May 2018: Environment Agency drop in evening in Earith

Earith Parish Village Hall, 4.00pm – 8.00pm

Learn all about what  work will take place on the Ouse Washes banks for this year and the refurbishment of Earith Sluice.

May 2018: Training event: identifying the field signs of water voles and otters

There is another chance to attend a training evening and morning on ‘Identifying the field signs of water voles and otters’. Both species are elusive to catch a glimpse of but you can learn to identify the signs that tell where they have been.

The dates are the evening of Thursday 3rd May 7pm to 8:30 pm when you will look at many photographs of the field signs of both species. The meeting is held in the boardroom at the Middle Level Offices 85 Whittlesey Road, March. PE15 0AH

On the morning of Saturday 5th May Cliff Carson (Environment Officer for the Middle Level Commissioners) will lead a field trip to local drains  to find examples of both water vole and otter field signs. It will start and finish at the Middle Level Offices at 10am, ending about 12:30pm.

Places are limited so booking is essential. There is no charge for this training. Please book with Deb Watts:

Most information will be gained by attending both events but it is possible to book for either day only. Remember to confirm the dates you wish to attend when booking.


 Calling all Ramsey Litter Heroes, your local river needs you!

On Tuesday March 27 2018, 10.30 am there will be a litter pick behind the George Hotel in Ramsey – anyone with enthusiasm for wildlife, nature and improving the environment is welcome. We will start at 10.30 am and will be finished by midday. All equipment will be provided. The morning will be run by Ramsey RiverCare and Cambridgeshire ACRE.

If you are interested in coming along please contact  the RiverCare group leader: John Palmer on or phone Rachael Brown (Cambridgeshire ACRE) on 01353 865037. You can also register on the  Cambridgeshire ACRE Facebook page. 

The recently formed Ramsey RiverCare group is keen to clean up  the area behind The George Hotel and help to improve the health of the Town’s river – Bury Brook – which flows behind the hotel. Below are some photos from the successful October 17 litter pick

Looking forward to seeing you there!

On going: Volunteering in the Middle Level

MLC volunteer in action. Photo Cliff Carson

Sometimes it is very helpful to have an extra pair of hands when carrying out biodiversity work around the waterways and IDB districts of the Middle Level. It might be holding a ladder when checking barn owl or bat boxes, planting black poplar cuttings, or searching for signs of water voles. If you would be interested in helping out on the occasional day, please get in touch. All that is required is an interest in wildlife, a back in good working order and an enthusiastic outlook. With luck, amongst the practical work, there should be a chance of seeing some of the wildlife of the waterways. If you are interested please contact:

Cliff Carson, Environmental Officer, MLC Offices, 85 Whittlesey Road, March. PE15 0AH
Direct line 01354 602965 Mobile 07765 597775 Email:

January 2018: Grants Masterclass

Monday 8 January 2018

10am – 2pm

Rookery Waters

Pidley, Cambridgeshire

PE28 3DF

Do you have an idea, but are unsure of the grants available at the moment?

If so Catchment Sensitve Farming  and Cambridgeshire ACRE would like to invite you to a workshop to discuss the grant opportunities available.

Speakers –

  • Natural England
  • Rural Payments Agency
  • Forestry Commission
  • Oakbank & FWAG
  • Campaign For the Farmed Environment

 Presentations and discussions will include;

  • Countryside Stewardship
  • Water Grants
  • Countryside Productivity
  • Hedgerow & Boundary
  • Leader Funding
  • Forestry Grants
  • New Mid-Tier offers & application process


To book call 07769305472 or email:

Rookery Waters

November 2017: Free Flood Group Training

Community flood volunteers and flood groups are key in helping their community to be prepared for flooding and other emergencies. They play a vital role in a community’s response before,during, and after a flood.

Working in partnership the Environment Agency, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and Anglian Water are offering 2 free training sessions for all new flood volunteers and those communities who are interested in setting up flood volunteers in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
You don’t need any previous experience. You just need to be willing to learn how to help your community.

By attending the training, you’ll gain an insight into the work of the Environment Agency and its partners. During the day you will cover modules in:
– Role profile: what do community volunteers do?
– Introduction to emergency services: what they do and don’t do.
– Understanding flood risk: an introduction to flooding, responsibilities of organisations
and flood warnings.
– Flood risk awareness: personal safety and dangers of flood water
– Equipment: how to use hydrosacks and the correct use, maintenance and storage of
high visibility clothing and equipment.

The dates of the 2 training sessions are: (Please note you only need to attend one of these dates)
Wednesday 29th November
10:00 – 16:00
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters
Brampton Road
PE29 2NA
Friday 1st December
10:00 – 16:00
Environment Agency Office
Bromholme Lane
PE28 4NE
To get the most out of the training course places are limited to 30 attendees for each day. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and a maximum of two representatives only from each community can attend.

If you would like to book your place please email or call 020 302 51949 with your 1st and 2nd preference for which training session you would like to attend.


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