Cambridge, 29-30 April 2023

We took out motorhome down to Cambridge for a night this weekend parking up and spending the night by the River Cam 20 minutes walk from the city centre. 

Opposite our overnight spot was a local nature reserve Logan's Meadow where I had Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Song Thrush and Stock Dove as well as some large patches of Marsh Marigold. The 'swift tower' there was unoccupied thus far. Along the Cam a Grey Wagtail showed well as we approached the Jesus Lock footbridge and the first of 2 target plants for the day - Fatsia growing almost under the bridge. After breakfast and most of the day in Cambridge I called in for the other plant - Mediterranean Nettle, this time lurking outside a pub. There were several plants along a few yards stretch of pavement.

Fast forward to Sunday morning and we relocated to Wandlebury CP just outside the city. Here we did a long walk taking in the ring fort, roman road and across the road to Gog Magog Down. Highlights were my first Lesser Whitethroat of the year, Mistle Thrush, loads of singing Skylarks and some nice arable weeds including Henbit Dead Nettle, Common Fumitory and numerous Field Violets plus Spurge Laurel, Oregon Grape and concentrations of Cowslips like I've never seen before on the downs. Holly Blue, Comma, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Peacock and Orange Tip were the butterflies noted.


                                                                                                                                Mediterranean Nettle
                                                                                                                              Marsh Marigold
                                                                                                                              Common Fumitory

                                                                                                                                Henbit Dead Nettle
                                                                                                                                   Oregon Grape
                                                                                                                               Spurge Laurel

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