UK news Gog Magogs earmarked for expansion in plans to double Cambs' green spaces last minute news

MetiNews.Com - A new network for nature would help wildlife move around Cambridgeshire's unique fens, meadows and woodlands

UK news Gog Magogs earmarked for expansion in plans to double Cambs' green spaces last minute news

MetiNews.Com - A new network for nature would help wildlife move around Cambridgeshire's unique fens, meadows and woodlands

UK news Gog Magogs earmarked for expansion in plans to double Cambs' green spaces last minute news
16 May 2021 - 16:52

Breaking News ! A pioneering plan for extending Cambridge’s green spaces was unveiled by the Wildlife Trust this week (May 13). The Gog Magog Hills and the River Cam are among five natural areas earmarked for expansion under the proposal, which seeks to create a new network for nature to circulate the city. The Cambridge Nature Network is based on a major new report from local charity Cambridge Past Present & Future, and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (BCN). It points to a human need too: the authors say Cambridgeshire has a rapidly growing population and one of the lowest levels of natural green space available for public access. Dame Fiona Reynolds, a Cambridge University college master and former Director-General of the National Trust, welcomed the report, which builds on the county’s commitment to double its amount of nature-rich habitats by 2050. “Working from the ground up, looking at real places and the actual state of nature, it offers for the first time a tangible plan for the revitalisation of nature in the 10km around the city of Cambridge, based on what is already there and how it can be brought back to life,” she said. Find the latest news for your area: “Fully integrated with the vision for nature recovery is one for the enhancement and creation of green spaces for public recreation and refreshment – vital needs, as we have come to understand fully during the covid-19 crisis.” In a bid to boost biodiversity, the network would create a “systematic mosaic” of parks, reserves and other habitats, linked by nature-friendly farmland and villages, in a 10km radius of Cambridge. Based on surveys of different landscapes around the city, the five priority areas are the chalk grasslands and woodlands of the Gog Magog Hills (including Cherry Hinton Chalk Pit), the Cambridge Fens, Wicken Fen (expanding to Anglesey Abbey), Boulder Clay woodlands, and the River Cam with its various tributaries and meadows. The Cambridge Nature Network is made up of five Nature Priority Areas (Image: The BCN Wildlife Trust) These areas already include seven nature parks, 84 local wildlife sites and 13 sites of special scientific interests (SSSIs), and it is hoped they will spread out with the backing of supportive landowners.

. Martin Baker, BCN's Cambridgeshire Conservation Manager, said: “I am truly excited about the Cambridge Nature Network, it establishes a vision for restoring significant wildlife areas around Cambridge, and sets the framework within which Cambridge can grow sustainably. “The hard work starts now with conservation charities, landowners, councils, businesses and local people working together to make it happen.” CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. Government payments to farmers and landowners, income from visitor cafes, and new biodiversity net gain funding from developments have been identified as funding sources. Cambridge University Botanic Garden praised the network for providing “much-needed impetus and vision to bring all our nature-loving organizations together.” While Chair of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Climate and Environment Advisory Committee, Cllr Pippa Heylings, said support for the project is “at the heart of our ambitious Doubling Nature Strategy.” Read More Related Articles 60 rare 'flying barndoor' eagles to be released in Norfolk Read More Related Articles The Cambridge toad patrol who spend their nights helping amphibians cross the road

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UK news Gog Magogs earmarked for expansion in plans to double Cambs' green spaces last minute news


UK news Gog Magogs earmarked for expansion in plans to double Cambs' green spaces last minute news


UK news Gog Magogs earmarked for expansion in plans to double Cambs' green spaces last minute news


UK news Gog Magogs earmarked for expansion in plans to double Cambs' green spaces last minute news

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