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A meadow brown butterfly on a common Image Credit: Clare Bourner from Unilever. A meadow brown butterfly on a common spotted orchid

Getting Fit for Wildlife! Cambourne 10K Business Challenge 2018

On 15 April four teams of runners took part in the Trust’s Cambourne 10K Business Challenge, held in and around our beautiful nature reserve and country park. Each year we challenge local businesses to enter this popular race, now in its tenth year, and the fastest team wins the glass trophy.

We’re delighted to announce that the winning team this year is Going for Gold from our Corporate Partner Arm Ltd, with a very impressive team time of 46 minutes 28 seconds.

Well done also to James Makin from Hewitsons LLP who was our fastest runner with a time of 41 minutes 45 seconds. Donna Fiddeman from Arm Ltd was the fastest female runner in the challenge, who completed the rather muddy course in just 46 minutes and 53 seconds.

Every penny raised through the challenge will help us to halt the decline of some of our favourite local species, such as the dormouse, barn owl, otter and water vole.

Huge congratulations and thanks to all of our runners – we appreciate all your efforts.


Cambridge Building Society Community Partnership Programme

Wednesday 14 March, 2018

We have been chosen as one of The Cambridge's Donations Charities for 2018, meaning that we will be eligible for a share of £1000. To vote for the Trust, visit during March and April.


Nationwide funding for Barnes Meadow

Friday 23 February, 2018

Nationwide, which has a headquaters in Northampton, has generously given a grant of £750 to the Trust to help with some ditch work at Barnes Meadow.

The dredging, scraping and re-profiling the network of shallow rills and ditches at the meadow will helpto harbour the rich invertebrate and floral biodiversity at the site. Without this work we would risk losing some of the specialist species found there, as well as many of the visitors who enjoy the site throughout the year, so we are very grateful to Nationwide for its support.

New Visitor Centre at Rushden Lakes

Saturday 29 July, 2017

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire has opened a visitor centre at Rushden Lakes - our first across the three counties.

The development forms part of the Nene Wetlands, a major new 270-hectare nature reserve linking existing wildlife areas. Having the visitor centre and the nature reserves set amongst the exciting new retail park represents a wonderful opportunity to engage with local people and businesses. Visitors can experience a place where wildlife, history and retail come face-to-face.

Visitors will also be able to take advantage of canoe wildlife trips which are run by corporate member Canoe2.

Support from businesses at Rushden Lakes and beyond will enable the Trust to protect, restore, and manage habitats for wildlife, and the interpretation around the site - which businesses can sponsor - will complement its outstanding natural value as an internationally important destination for wetland birds.

It really is a unique way to engage with a whole new audience and we invite businesses and organisations to explore opportunities with us.

Shoosmiths supports the Trust during the 30 Days Wild campaign

Wednesday 19 July, 2017

Every month a different charity is chosen by Shoosmiths' Northampton community investment programme committee to benefit from staff fundraising donations and in June 2017 it was the turn of The Wildlife Trust : Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire.

Northampton colleagues raised and donated £731.85 during the month to coincide with the Wildlife Trust’s national '30 Days Wild' campaign

Simon Towler, Legal Executive in the Northampton Private Client team explained why he nominated the charity to be a beneficiary of Shoosmiths’ fundraising. ‘Northamptonshire has a wealth of wildlife, from Red Kites to Nightingale; the local Wildlife Trust helps support and protect that wildlife and in doing so allows anyone to take a few moments to relax and recharge their mental batteries. My local Wildlife Trust nature reserve has a hide and feeding station in my father’s name, where anyone with even a slight interest can get close to nature.’


Manor School Sports College goes wild in June - and raises money!

Wednesday 12 July, 2017

Staff and students at an academy school in Raunds, Northamptonshire, embraced '30 Days Wild' and raised money for the Trust by wearing something green.

Through its own 'Wear it Wild' activity, Manor School Sports College managed to raise an amazing £787.76. It is really fantastic to hear how much thought and effort went into celebrating '30 Days Wild'; not only has it raised much-needed funds for local wildlife conservation, but it also engaged many children with the work of the Trust and will no doubt encourage them to continue to take an interest in wildlife.

Canoe2 open for business at Rushden Lakes

Wednesday 17 May, 2017

Credit: David JoynerCanoe2 has made its move downstream from its former base at Ditchford Lock into its new home at Rushden Lakes. Located on the edge of the lake, Canoe2’s boathouse creates a gateway to our nature reserve and the River Nene.

As well as launching our Evening Bat and Dawn Chorus paddles, it will also sell canoes, kayaks and related goods for anyone wishing to take paddling up as a hobby! Energy required for operating the boathouse will be generated on-site and 86% of the timber is comprised of recycled materials.

Higher learning at Cambourne

Wednesday 29 March, 2017

A group of MSc students from Cranfield University visited Cambourne as part of their group project entitled “Benefits of green spaces and community gardens within Cranfield Campus”. The aim of the project is to provide evidence, tools and techniques for the university to use in assessing and planning green space at its campus within the context of Cranfield’s Campus Masterplan.

The MSc students were very impressed with our work here at Cambourne, and several of our sites are likely to be included in Cranfield University teaching for years to come!



In the bag with Center Parcs

Tuesday 7 March, 2017

A generous donation of £4,397.44 has been made to The Wildlife Trust BCN by Center Parcs Ltd. Money has been collected from guests for the carrier bag levy since 2015, and the company have chosen to support five local Wildlife Trusts with the proceeds.

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Preserving Local Wildlife Sites

Monday 5 September, 2016

The Wildlife Trusts have published a new guide which highlights the vital importance of all the Local Wildlife Sites across the UK. It calls on landowners, developers and volunteers to protect vanishing wildlife havens.

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King's Wood and Rushmere National Nature Reserve extension

Tuesday 12 July, 2016

A new, extended National Nature Reserve (NNR), home to rare plants and animal species such as the Barbastelle bat and purple emperor butterfly, was unveiled at a celebration event in the King’s Wood area of Rushmere Country Park, near Leighton Buzzard. We jointly own and manage this reserve with Central Bedfordshire Council, the Greensand Trust and our corporate member Tarmac.

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A journey through the Nene Wetlands – special for wildlife, shaped by people

Friday 8th July, 2016

The developer of Rushden Lakes, LXB, is also funding a major new lakeside Visitor Centre - the first for Wildlife Trust BCN. This will act as a gateway for people to access and enjoy the wildlife of the Nene Wetlands.

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Birds, bees and butterflies get boost from new countryside coalition

Friday 1 July, 2016

A farmer in Cambridgeshire is at the vanguard of 42 progressive arable farms embarking on a new model for sustainable farming. The farms supply grain to Jordans, a corporate member of The Wildlife Trust BCN, and will maintain nature-friendly corridors on farmland which, if placed end to end, would reach from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

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Sign of the times

Wednesday 29 June, 2016

Representatives from the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and Tarmac unveiled a new heritage interpretation board – funded by corporate member Tarmac - celebrating the fascinating and varied history of Godmanchester nature reserve.

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Trumpington Meadows Discovery Day

Monday 13 June, 2016

A day to celebrate with local community and visitors across the now flourishing 58-hectare park in south Cambridge. Our corporate member The Cambridge Building Society displayed shortlisted artwork from their Homes for Wildlife competition run in collaboration with the Trust


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Right Royal Day at Grafham Water

Wednesday 25 May, 2016

Marking 50 years of the reservoir, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh today visited Grafham Water to help celebrate the anniversary of its opening. Staff from The Wildlife Trust BCN and Anglian Water (one of our corporate members) gathered for the anniversary celebrations.


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Bluebell Barcoding Day

Wednesday 6 April, 2016

Researchers and volunteers are tracked bluebell DNA at corporate member Wellcome's Genome Campus in Cambridge. Using barcoding, the aim is to track the threat of the invasive Spanish species.


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Helping the Hoffer Brook

Monday 4 April, 2016

Habitat improvement on the Hoffer Brook is nearing completion - it's been a wonderful team effort from The Wildlife Trust BCN and our corporate member Cambridge Water.



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A Big Thank You for Bags of Help

Friday 1 April, 2016

Thanks to you, we have won a grant from Tesco Bags of Help to improve local woodlands.



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Wildlife is good for business

Friday 1 April, 2016

Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire today announce their partnership for 2016/17.


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The Wildlife at Home partnership is set to benefit Godmanchester nature reserve

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) has joined forces with The Wildlife Trusts to link BIAZA member zoos and aquariums with their local Wildlife Trusts, providing skills, expertise and man-power for projects to support our native species. As part of the partnership, BIAZA – with the help of its member zoos and aquariums - has set a goal of raising £10,000 for The Wildlife Trust BCN to care for Godmanchester nature reserve.

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