A spacious expanse of flowering meadows, riverside, woodland, hedgerow and parkland.
Created for wildlife and for people, it is a place to discover and enjoy nature, explore diverse habitats and wander by the stream or through flower-filled meadows.
This is an important site for wildlife in Cambridge, even though the site has been settled for centuries. Over time, it has been home to a plant-breeding facility, a prisoner of war camp, coprolite ponds and arable fields. Now there are new housing developments beside the country park, but there is plenty of natural space for walking, cycling or picnicking. The area is replete with literary and historical links thanks to its connection to the river (where Lord Byron swam in the weir) and nearby Grantchester, home to poet Rupert Brooke and visited frequently by writers, poets and scientists.
In summer, newly created meadows are filled with once-common wildlflowers such as knapweeds, field scabious, bird's foot trefoil and salad burnet. The meadows make ideal habitat for brown hares, as well as farmland birds such as skylarks, meadow pipits and yellowhammers. Butterflies, bumblebees and a wide variety of other insects feed on the meadow flowers. Along the River Cam, there are new gravel shoals to raise the river bed and encourage brown trout and other fish. Kingfishers, dragonflies and damselflies skim along the river banks, and waterfowl are taking up residence in the new balancing pond.