Reach Pocket Park forms part of the Cambridgeshire County Council’s County Farms estate.
•Comprises 5.8ha woodland, ponds and meadow
•Ponds created in 1990 to enhance biodiversity
•Damp grassland lightly grazed by sheep and managed without fertiliser
•Traditional management for at least 100 years
•Important for birds, small mammals, wildflowers and butterflies
•Wetland areas valuable for fish and amphibians
Willows planted by the pond host a variety of insects, and provide an important food resource and shelter for birds and mammals. Kestrels may be seen hovering overhead, while grey herons posed motionless in the reeds wait for fish and toads to come within reach. The damp grassland is of particular interest and is subject to a traditional management regime without fertiliser, which encourages the spread of grasses and wildflowers. The site is lightly grazed by sheep to maintain the grassland habitat, and to prevent the growth of new scrub.
Notable wildlife includes:
•Reedmace, Black Sedge and Bur-reed
•Azure Damselfly, Common Frog and Common Toad
•Grey Heron, Jackdaw and Barn Owl