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Little Downham
LNR Type: Rural
County: Cambridgeshire
Natural England
Regional Team:
East of England
Year of Declaration: 2003
Declaring Authority: Little Downham Parish Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: TL 524 834
Location: Little Downham, 3 miles north west of Ely. CB6 3HQ
Owned by: Little Downham Parish Council
Managed by: Downham Parish Conservation Volunteers

 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Pingle Wood

Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: 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: Walks leaflet available from Costcutters shop and Harrington's Butchers in Main Street, Little Downham. Interpretation boards in the Cartshed at Pingle Wood (Hurst Lane).
Mown walkways.
Dipping platform on one pond.
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 of' groups: Downham Parish Conservation Group (DPCG)
Jean Gallyer Tel 01353-699369
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Chair of the DPCG Keith Norton
Tel. 01353 697064
or through
Parish Clerk Tel. 01353 649499
or try
East Cambridgeshire District Council
Tel: 01353 665555

Website address and other links:
alternatively try and search for Little Downham Local Nature Reserve

Last updated 21/02/13
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