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A mixture of wetland, grassland and woodland within a new settlement with a surprising wealth of wildlife

This combination of newly created green spaces and existing habitats demonstrates how wildlife can be accommodated and help to enhance new villages. You may be surprised by the amount of wildlife there is to find here, from badgers in the woodland to great crested newts in the ponds. Crow Hill in the reserve is particularly good for farmland birds, such as skylarks and corn buntings, and wetland birds enjoy the newly created lakes. The grassland areas have been sown with wildflower seeds and are alive with butterflies and other insects in the summer, while brilliantly coloured dragonflies chase around the ponds. The community orchard features rare and local fruit varieties including the Cambridge Gage plum and Chivers Delight apples. They are planted in blocks with similar flowering times to encourage cross pollination.

This site is part of the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds Living Landscape Scheme.

 

Two leaflets are available for this site

Cambourne reserve leaflet

Leaflet showing Rights of Way and footpaths from Cambourne to surrounding villages

These are available in the downloads box below right

 

Two walks around Cambourne have been added to the WildWalks website

 

Fishing is permitted on Lake Ewart only and is run by Cambourne Fishing Club. Permits and rod licenses must be purchased in advance.

 

 

The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Hardwick Wood
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Overhall Grove
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Hayley Wood
4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

Location
9 miles west of
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 316 595
Get directions
Find out here
Public transport
Plan your journey
Opening Times
Nature reserve open at all times. Oaks Wood car park is locked at night.
Size
90.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
Access
Yes

Walking information
See the map
Parking
Car parks are located at Oaks Wood on School Lane, behind the supermarket and near the Allotments on Brace Dein
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
In boundary meadows
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org

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Factsheets and guides for your visit