Rare beetle is re-introduced to Wicken Fen

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Great good-news story about reintroduction of rare Fen beetle. This also shows that landscape-scale habitat creation schemes – this is the Wicken Fen Vision, just up the road from the Great Ouse Wetland Vision the Ouse Washes LP scheme is promoting – can directly help threatened species:

Originally posted on National Trust in the East :

Distinctive and eye-caching with a metallic appearance, the tantsy beetle (Chrysolina graminis) was last seen at Wicken Fen 32 years ago. Currently in decline and under threat in the UK and across its worldwide range, this little beetle was only known to be found in York. Now, it has been re-introduced to Wicken Fen.

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National Trust wildlife advisor, Stuart Warrington, explains…

The Tansy beetle (from the ‘leaf beetle’ family) is a very rare species and a conservation priority species in England. It used to call Wicken Fen home, but it was lost from the Fen more than 3 decades ago. We don’t know exactly why it was lost, but at that time the fen was rather dry and scrubby. After all of our work clearing scrub and getting better control of the water levels, and creating new habitats too, we are much more hopeful that the conditions are…

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Tales of Washes, Wildfowl and Water

Volunteers needed

One of the projects of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership is well underway and very keen to recruit more young volunteers to help make a short, animated film all about the creation of the Ouse Washes.

The details of who is eligible and how to get involved:Rosmini animation project A5flier jpeg

The film will be all about the archaeology, landscape heritage, natural heritage and the people who created the landscape and worked in the washes; it will lead those involved to explore the landscape heritage and how the Ouse Washes were created.

The Project

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The project is being run by the Fens Museum Partnership, in conjunction with a local volunteer community group linked to the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech. The volunteers involved in the project will shape the story and direction of the film, select the topics and then put the film together, thereby gaining a great sense of ownership over the project and final product.

Once the Ouse Washes Partnership scheme has completed its work, this film will continue to be used by various organisations, for example schools, youth clubs, libraries, local history groups and community groups, providing a concise story of the Ouse Washes to many more people and allowing them to learn about its heritage.

We will also promote the film at many of our partnership events, such as the Festival Fortnight during July 2015 and 2016, and other occasions when we showcase the Ouse Washes scheme to the public.

Previous films from the Fens Museum Partnership

To give you an idea of the wonderful films that are put together using this technique, follow this link to see some films that are part of a series of short, stop-frame animation Fenland Storiesfilms entitled Fenland Stories previously produced by The Fens Museum Partnership.

Once again, on this project, the film will be produced as a packaged DVD, allowing it to be widely distributed to the scheme partners, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other organisations. It will also be uploaded to the scheme’s website, social media and our YouTube channel.

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved in the project, please get in touch with Ruth Farnan at the Fens Museum Partnership directly on:

  • 07881 924374, or
  • ruth.farnan@Norfolk.gov.uk

Or you can contact the central team for the partnership using the details on our contact page.

5 rigs ready for 5 kites: the equip for community KAP continues

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Community Kite Aerial Photography project taking shape:

Originally posted on Billboyheritagesurvey's Blog:

All these cameras have flown at different times according to how much lift I have at the time. After quite a bit of patient fiddling they are now all mounted on rigs ready for flight on a kite line:

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I have the option of swapping the Canon Eos M for a Nikon D5100 (if things are going well) the next challenge is to figure out a procedure for a group of people to fly them at the sametime…

In theory the mix of weights will ensure a good variety of photo-cover if flown from a matching set of kites: I now need to get 5 ready for the first trial OWLP community KAP walk proposed for a Sunday between now and December as a pilot for a community programme in the Autumn of 2015 and 2016. 10 persons flying 5 kites looks like an achievable number.

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Testing the rig:

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Riverside Walk and Talks – Denver and March

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Originally posted on Water Care Partnership:

The culture and history of The Fens is strongly linked with the watercourses that drain the area. However, every action on the ground has the potential to impact these watercourses.

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Narrow boats on the river at March. Image from Cambridgeshire ACRE

The Water Care Partnership is hosting two guided riverside walks at Denver and March on the 20th September. This will be a chance for you to enjoy a walk along the riverside whilst also learning about some of the impacts that are affecting our rivers. The walks will be approximately 2-3 miles with frequent stops to take pictures and talk about our rivers.

River at Denver

Denver. Image by Cambridgeshire ACRE

To find out more about the Riverside Walk & Talks, please contact Jennie Thomas, Water Catchment Officer at Cambridgeshire ACRE 01353 865044 or jennifer.thomas@cambsacre.org.uk. Spaces are limited, to book please visit – www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/walkandtalk.

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Non-native species Course : Invitation

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An opportunity has arisen to hold a half-day training event on recognising and controlling non-native invasive water plants.

Recent discoveries of non-native plants at sites in the Middle Level (for instance, New Zealand pigmyweed and Parrot’s Feather) and the real threat of further non-native species getting closer to the area (such as Floating Pennywort) have increased the importance for everyone involved with the management of ditches, drains and water bodies to be aware of what to watch for and how to deal with it. The early identification and control of non-native invasive plant species is important to those involved in the management or well-being of waterways in the Fens, which is just about everyone.

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New Zealand Pigmyweed, Crassula helmsii. Source: Copyright GBNNSS (www.nonnativespecies.org.uk), http://www.nonnativespecies.org/gallery/index.cfm?searchtype=s&query=Crassula%20helmsii

The Middle Level Commissioners, with help from the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme, supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund attached to one of the 25 OWLP projects, are running a half- day course on identifying non-native invasive water plants on Friday 26th September 2014.

The course will be led by Jonathan Graham, a very experienced botanist who has carried out vegetation surveys throughout the Fens over many years. Jonathan Graham will give identification guidance on non-native invasive species and the native species they are likely to be confused with. Information on the control of the different invasive species will be given. Samples of the likely non-native plants that may be encountered will be available to view as specimens. The presentation will be followed by a field trip to local drains to view plants that could be confused with the non-native species.

It is a half-day course and will be based at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, High Street, March, PE15 9LH starting at 9:30am and ending at 1:30pm.  (An option to leave earlier at the end of the indoor session is available).

  

The event is limited to 60 attendees on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to attend this free event, please contact Cliff Carson, Environmental Officer at the Middle Level Commissioners, to confirm your place: Email   cliff.carson@middlelevel.gov.uk  Phone   01354 602965

For further details about the course, please see the following Word document:  Non-native invasive species course invitation

 

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Heritage Open Days of 2014 this Weekend!

Like last year, many heritage attractions are free to explore, usually for longer opening times with possible special exhibitions and access to places usually closed to the public all weekend for the Heritage Open Days! It is a special annual weekend supported by English Heritage since 1994 and you can visit the Heritage Open Days official website. This year it runs from Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th September. logos

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Ely Cathedral above the market. Source: Pete Johnstone

With open nights on Friday evening, open tours on Saturday and open houses on the Sunday, an interesting Ely Heritage Weekend is coming up! On Friday evening, you can experience Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely Cathedral, The Stained Glass Museum and Ely Museum at the unusual hours of after closing time. The Saturday has lots more things going on! Bookings for places are advisable as they are different and enjoyable guided tours around Ely, in the Courthouse, the 15th century Old Palace and the West Tower in Ely Cathedral. The Ely Museum also has a guided tour alongside many activities. On the Sunday, Ely opens its 14th and 16th century houses at 7 & 9 Silver Street, Ely’s Old Porta entrance and the 14th century chapel that are rarely opened to the public. Additionally, a tour around St Peter’s Church and riverside walk with the Environment Agency and Cambridgeshire ACRE is on. Pre-booking is essential with all of Sunday activities.

The Chatteris Library is showing photographs of how the buildings in Chatteris changed over time.

March offers around 20 events and activities this year including a trip with a local historian to learn about the town’s influential Gray family, a gentle walk on architectural details of the buildings along Station Road, a walk seeing the railway and water voles, children’s activities and a toys exhibition at March and District Museum – see The March Society website.

Heritage Open Days in Fenland poster. Source: The March Society

Fenland Heritage Open Days booklet front cover. Source: The March Society.

The Capital of the Fens – Wisbech – have many things open and to see for the weekend. A wide range of buildings are open such as Wisbech Castle, Masonic Lodges and Council Chambers, which has displays of furniture, historical styles and various artefacts to view and learn from. The other venues open from the public ranged from a theatre – the Angles Theatre – to all the National Trust properties, including the one usually closed to the public. A guided tour and apple tasting at The Orchard and the various churches and museums in Wisbech with their individual features, characters and various kinds of history exhibited through talks to demonstrations will be specially available for the public this Heritage Open Days weekend too. Of particular interest, “Vivian” the fire engine that served Wisbech in the 1930s to the 1960s is on display.

The Fenland Heritage Open Days booklet that cover the rest of Fenland for can be consulted for further information.

The Ramsey Rural Museum is open on the Sunday and there will be a great range of ways to discover Ramsay‘s heritage including a Great Fen exhibition trailer and learning about the two world wars.

St Ives opens a number of their religious and town buildings for most of the weekend, including a mosque that opens on the Sunday and exhibitions in the Corn Exchange, while Holt Island Nature Reserve is open all weekend with a basket weaving display. The flyer can be downloaded here.

In Houghton, National Trust’s Houghton Mill is free and themed Victorian with costumed actors and available toys for children to play with, and the Mill will work to produce flour.

Have a great one!

Have your own Ouse Washes Experience! 21st September 2014

logosFancy an active but charitable weekend out in the Ouse Washes?

Join The Ouse Washes Experience on the 21st September 2014 and raise money for the emergency medical charity Magpas amongst other local charities.

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Welney Nature Reserve

Walk, Run or Cycle. It’s your experience, it’s up to you!

The Headline Charity: Magpas

Founded in 1971 Magpas is a unique charity which offers support to the ambulance service. The charity heavily relies on public donations to provide the Magpas Helimedix Air Ambulance and rapid response cars. The Magpas Specialist Medical Teams attend to cases of life threatening illness and major trauma throughout the East of England. Operating 18 hours a day the teams are staffed by highly trained Pre-Hospital Doctors and EEAST Paramedics who volunteer their own time to work with the charity.

Get Involved- all are welcome!

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OWE Poster. Source: The Rotary Club of Ely-Hereward Website

The Ouse Washes Experience is organised by The Ely-Hereward Rotary Club in cooperation with the OWLP Scheme, WWT, RSPB, Environment Agency and Cambridgeshire County Council. It is a sponsored event with 3 routes of varied lengths running adjacent to the Old Bedford River between Welney and Welches Dam. For cyclist there is an extended route.

It is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the unique and beautiful landscape of the Ouse Washes. Come and enjoy the wildlife and many other attractions the area has to offer, take in the fresh air, keep fit as well as raise money for charity through your sponsorship.

The Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership Team will be there to provide information on the OWLP Scheme as well as participating. So take the opportunity to learn about projects going on within the area.

Whether you are a keen walker, runner or cyclist, or if you just want to get out and about… join in! Whether you are participating individually, as a family or as part of a group come and experience the Ouse Washes!

For further information or to register for your own Ouse Washes Experience please visit The Rotary Club of Ely-Hereward website.