March 2018: 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:

April 2018: Training event: identifying the field signs of water voles and otter 

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. There is an evening talk showing images of the field signs to look for on Thursday 19th April 2018 from 7pm to 8:45pm. On the following Saturday morning, from 10am to 12:30 on 21st April there is a field trip looking at local drains and waterways for signs of both species in the field. As numbers are limited and there is no charge for this event booking is essential.

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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