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Godmanchester Reserve

From robins and kingfishers and from dragonflies to water voles, our native wildlife is struggling to find the habitat needed to thrive due to increased development, intensive agriculture and climate change.  But you can help!

Here at BIAZA we have partnered with The Wildlife Trusts to ensure a brighter future for our native wildlife.  We need your support to help transform a new Wildlife Trust nature reserve in Cambridgeshire. Godmanchester nature reserve is a rich mixture of flooded gravel pits, grassland, reedbed and willows. This beautiful nature reserve consists of four lakes which are former gravel pits. The lakes are interspersed with grassland and ancient hedgerows which provide habitats for a myriad of bird species including nightingale, cuckoo and even bittern. Ducks and geese swim on the open water and gulls breed on the islands, kingfishers hunt in the streams and songbirds search the hedgerows for food.

In summer dragonflies dance along the margins of the lakes and butterflies soak up the sun. At the base of the hedges and out in the grassland wildflowers bloom attracting more nectar feeding invertebrates.

With your help we want to help Biaza members to raise £10,000 to help the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire to:

  • Enhance unmanaged hedgerows to provide perfect habitat for birds and small mammals, including harvest mice, to feed and nest. 
  • Clear scrub covered islands and creating new scrape areas to provide an attractive feeding and breeding site for birds such as oystercatcher, lapwing and common tern.
  • Manage secluded reedbed areas to provide a quiet place for peace loving birds like the bittern and reed warbler to breed in as well as valuable roost sites for starlings and improve the ponds and lakes for fish, as well as dragonflies and other aquatic invertebrates.
  • Re-introduce traditional management techniques such as willow pollarding, perfect for a range of insects and creating nesting holes for the kingfisher
  • Carry out breeding bird surveys, water beetle and dragonfly and damselfly monitoring with the help of BIAZA staff. 

If you'd like to join the fundraising campaign then get in touch with the BIAZA office: [email protected]

Every pound you donate will help to create vital new habitat for native wildlife. To find out more see

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