Cambridge Nature Festival 2023
26th May – 2nd July
A celebration of the nature on our doorstep!
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Coton Orchard Bioblitz
July 1 @ 8:00 am - July 2 @ 4:30 pmFree
Coton Orchard Bioblitz
with On the Verge, Cambridge
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2nd July 2023
We will be surveying this 100 year-old orchard for bees, butterflies, bats, moths, lichen, small mammals and more to see what this fabulous habitat contains.
Over the first weekend in July, we shall be taking a ‘snapshot’ of the wildlife in Coton Orchard. Biological records from the event will be passed on to national recording schemes and will help to build our knowledge about the biodiversity in this Priority Habitat.
The activities and recording will be led by experts from various fields. Come and see what we find, and help with identification – with ID guides and experts on hand. No prior experience is required.
Numbers for all activities and events are strictly limited – so book early to avoid disappointment.
Find out more and book your place via the Eventbrite links below.
SATURDAY 1 July
8.30–9.30am Small Mammals
Opening mammal traps and identification, with Lorraine Jenkins, Cambridgeshire Mammal Group
Opening moth traps and identification, with Adrian Matthews, Cambridgeshire Moth Group
12–1pm Butterfly and Bug Walk 1
A walk through the Orchard looking at butterflies and other invertebrates, with Val Perrin, butterfly expert
2–3pm Plant Walk
A walk through the Orchard looking at plant species, with local plant expert
9–10pm Bat Walk
A guided night walk to find out about the different bat species in the Orchard, with Kit Stoner, Cambridgeshire Bat Group
SUNDAY 1 July
11am–12 Bee Walk
A walk through the Orchard looking at plant species, with Claire Wallace, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Researcher
1–2pm Butterfly and bug walk 2
A walk through the Orchard looking at butterflies and other invertebrates, with Will McEwan, butterfly expert and Ben Greig, On the Verge
Parking, if required, is in the Coton Orchard Car Park unless otherwise specified. Please note that the car park is locked at 6.30pm on Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday.
The entrance to the Orchard is through a large gate on the right-hand side of the Garden Centre Building. Come through the gate where there will be someone to meet you and give directions.