Granta Park is haven for wildlife


The environment at Granta Park, the science park south of Cambridge, is proving to be a haven for all types of plants along with at least 18 species of birds, rabbits, hares and invertebrates.

A group from Abington Naturewatch toured the meadow and lake area to record species and were impressed with the extent to which wildlife was flourishing, particularly given the recent hot weather.

Says the group’s coordinator Patrick Daunt: “It was a very fruitful visit and good to see the environment created at Granta Park getting better year on year. Plants generally are surviving the long hot dry spell better than we expected with some species, such as Mallow and Dark Mullein, especially flourishing.”

Plants discovered included those from the pea, rose, mallow, umbellifer, mint, bedstraw, teasel, composite and grass families.
Birds included the Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coot, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe,Green Woodpecker, House Martin, Jackdaw, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Rook, Song Thrush, Swift,Woodpigeon, Wren. The pair of Swans on the lake, which vanished after producing two cygnets, have also now returned.

Plenty of rabbits were seen, along with and one hare near the cricket field. Moths, butterflies and one Blue Damselfly were also recorded.

Adds Patrick: “The immediate value and good long-term prospects for quality and diversity of species which the meadow and lake afford was much appreciated by the members.”

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BioMed Realty has been part of Cambridge's world-class life science community since the acquisition of Granta Park in 2012. Granta Park is a 477,230 square foot business estate in one of the most reconised areas for science success globally and is home to leading companies, including Sosei Heptares, Astrazeneca, Illumina, PPD Global, and One Nucleus.

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