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Breaking News ! Sundays are for lounging around, seeing friends and blowing away the cobwebs with a nice walk. And luckily for us, Cambridgeshire is filled with gorgeous walking spots, which are teeming with wildlife. Toads, dragonflies, ponies and wildflowers are just some of the amazing flora and fauna you can spot around the county. So if you want to explore Cambridgeshire and all of the wonderful wildlife it has to offer but don't know where to start - we're here to help. Below you will find information about seven stunning wildlife walks - including what creatures and plants you might spot along the way. Of course, there are many more places, so if we've missed out your favourite let us know so we can include it in our next list. Happy walking! Submit your pictures to CambridgeshireLive by tagging us on Facebook / Twitter or Instagram using #CambsLive. 1. Wicken Fen (Image: GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY) Wicken Fen is one of Europe's most important wetlands, home to over 9000 recorded species including many rare species of plants, birds and dragonflies. Throughout the year there's an amazing array of wildlife to see and hear, from booming bitterns and cuckoos in spring, rare orchids and dragonfly's in summer, to hen harriers and short-eared owls in winter. At the heart of the reserve is the ancient Sedge Fen, which can easily be explored via the all weather Boardwalk trail. Herds of free roaming konik ponies and highland cattle are also helping to engineer new habitats for wildlife at Wicken Fen. For more information, visit nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve Our guide to great walks in Cambs Lovely walks in and around St Ives Walks that end with a café 2. Beechwoods Located in Wort’s Causeway, Cambridge – this nature reserve is great for a trip out, with wildlife as an added bonus. The nature reserve is run by The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and is part of the Cambridgeshire Chalk Living Landscape. If your lucky, a stroll in these woods, with beechwood trees planted in the 1840s, may mean you spot two different types of woodpecker, as well as a number of other small birds. Why not bring a picnic, make a day of it and soak up the views? For more information and for other nature reserves in and around Cambridge, visit wildlifebcn.org/reserves/ 3. Trumpington Meadows The Wildlife Trust’s newest nature reserve is a 58-hectare country park that sits alongside the River Cam and Byron's Pool Local Nature Reserve. Created for wildlife and for people, it is a place to discover and enjoy nature, explore diverse habitats and wander by the stream or through flower-filled meadows. 4. Milton Country Park Milton Country Park, Cambridgeshire (Image: Dave Harwood) This attraction is of course an old favourite of many, but who’s to say it doesn’t boast some awesome wildlife? The park, located in Milton just outside of Cambridge, is a 95 acre country park managed by registered charity, Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust. The park has two miles of pathways, playgrounds, lakes, a visitor centre and café. In terms of wildlife, you can spot a kingfisher in the park at any time of year but it's spring when they look their best and will be displaying in order to find a mate. Dragonflies and damselflies also skim the lakes and bask on the bridges nearby. Smooth newts and common lizards can be seen if you're lucky, try looking on the sandy paths near Hall's Pool. Grass snakes bask in the sun on paths and open grass in a variety of places around the park. They are very shy and often only spotted as they slither into bushes, having been disturbed by approaching footsteps.
5. Cambridge University Botanic Garden This stunning attraction (which if you haven’t visited yet, you really should) actively encourages a great diversity of wildlife to the garden as part of its sustainable approach to horticulture. This makes the Botanic Garden a green oasis in the city, that's great for spotting wildlife from dragonflies to sparrowhawks. The attraction is recognised as a city wildlife site particularly for the invertebrates and mosses that occur here. A wildlife friendly approach also ensures that the garden has an army of birds, insects and amphibians to help control pests and diseases. For more information, visit botanic.cam.ac.uk 6. Wandlebury
Snowdrops are beginning to flower at Wandlebury, although a lot more are yet bloom. Picture: Keith Jones
On top of the Magog Hills, just south of Cambridge, Wandlebury is the city’s original country park. With views as far as Ely, this tranquil countryside estate offers more than eight miles of wonderful walks through mature woodland and wildflower meadows grazed by Highland Cattle. A large part of the park is on the remains of a circular historic Iron Age Hillfort – a Scheduled Ancient Monument steeped in myth and legend. There’s a whole range of wildlife here, from a range of birds and even cattle. For more information, visit cambridgeppf.org/places/wandlebury-country-park
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7. Fulbourn Fen Fulbourn Fen Nature Reserve, again managed by The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, offers a great spring walk and also the chance to see some awesome wildlife. The old meadows have never been intensely farmed, so have kept a large number of plants and insects. The meadows are also grazed with sheep and cattle. Wildlife species here include stoats, weasels, toads, snakes, lizards and and a range of birds. For more information, visit wildlifebcn.org/reserves/fulbourn-fen *This article has been republished and updated.