Second Bioblitz set for historic Cambridgeshire stream Hobson’s Conduit

PUBLISHED: 19:57 29 May 2018

Howard Slatter, deputy event co-ordinator for the HCT, at Hobson's Conduit. The Trust will be sampling a new part of the corridor this year. Picture: Keith Heppell

Howard Slatter, deputy event co-ordinator for the HCT, at Hobson's Conduit. The Trust will be sampling a new part of the corridor this year. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Trust to observe species along a different part of the corridor

The second Bioblitz of historic Hobson’s Brook in Cambridge is set to take place on June 8/9.

This year, studies and observations will be centred on the mid-section of the open water course.

Last year, sampling was undertaken at the source of the brook at Nine Wells and Empty Common community garden near Brooklands Avenue.

By using a different site in Hobson’s Park, the Hobson Conduit Trust (HCT) will gain additional coverage of the open sections of the conduit.

The Bioblitz is an important part of a 10-year programme to build a detailed record of the ecology of the riparian corridor.

With the help of many local groups and naturalists, HCT is building a substantial knowledge base which will inform the management of the long term health of this vital green corridor which, in turn, will help conserve the civic amenity.

Cambridge city council have just published its 10-year vision for the corridor and the HCT works closely with them to look after and improve it.

A spokesperson for the HCT said: “This year we are concentrating on a section which flows through the major expansion of Trumpington at Clay Farm.

“We hope we will not only discover additional species but will put down an early marker of the bio-diversity of the new country park which has already become home to much wildlife.

“This unique watercourse is a chalk stream in an extremely sensitive landscape that needs special care.

“Now is an important time for the study of the ecology of Hobson’s Park.”

Last year, Nine Wells and Empty Common produced 323 different species but the two sites had only 76 species in common.

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