Little Downham LNR
Designated site name: Little Downham LNR   View map
LNR Type: Rural Type:  Biological
County: CAMBRIDGESHIRE Natural England Area Team: West Anglia (LNR)
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Date of Declaration: 11/09/2003 Declaring Authority: LITTLE DOWNHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Area (Ha): 6.59 Grid Reference: TL 523 833
Owned By:  Little Downham Parish Council Managed By:  Downham Parish Conservation Volunteers
Location: Little Downham, 3 miles north west of Ely. CB6 3HQ
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

By road off Ely bypass (A10) on to B1411. At 30mph sign in village turn left into Cannon Street then first left into Hurst Lane. The reserve is on the left in 100 metres.
Bus No. 125 from Tesco (Angel Drove Ely) (not Sunday),
Bus no. 115 from Market Street, Ely on Thursdays only (Tel. 01223 717740 for times).

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: The Local Nature Reserve consists of three areas of land owned by Little Downham Parish Council; Pingle Wood, Myles Meadow and The Holts (Holts Spinney & Holts Meadows).
Pingle wood was established in 1995 with native tree species and shrubs. Mown walkways lead to the Myles meadow to the south and the Community orchard to the north. Myles Meadow is seasonally cattle grazed with two ponds, one of which is seasonal. It is hoped to experiment with 'green hay' to encourage floral diversity. Holts Spinney is secondary woodland and ex human occupation. Holts Meadows are stock fenced with safe access around the perimeter to the pond and seating. The reedmace has been controlled and a pond dipping platform constructed over the water.
Birds include bullfinch and tawny owls. Holts Meadow pond is home to many dragonflies and damselflies including Emperor and Scarce Chaser. Tubular water dropwort is at one end of the pond as well as great crested newts. Lady's smock is spreading in the field in response to intermittant grazing and hay cutting.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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    Pingle Wood