Ely Cathedral provides the perfect platform as bird watchers enjoy bumper weekend

11:18 02 June 2014

Members of Ely Wildspace enjoyed the opportunity to bird watch from the top of the West Tower

Members of Ely Wildspace enjoyed the opportunity to bird watch from the top of the West Tower

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Raptors stole the show as dozens of people enjoyed a spot of bird watching from the West Tower of Ely Cathedral over the weekend.

Members of Ely Wildspace enjoyed the opportunity to bird watch from the top of the West TowerMembers of Ely Wildspace enjoyed the opportunity to bird watch from the top of the West Tower

Among a host of birds observed over Saturday and Sunday were marsh harriers, sparrowhawks, kestrels, buzzards and hobby along with a peregrine falcon, red kite and even a barn owl.

The usual array of swifts were spotted nesting in nearby St Mary’s Church and there were also plenty of smaller birds on offer, from little egrets to jays.

Members of the public were invited up to a special viewing platform on Sunday to join Ely Wildspace members as they looked out for miles around.

Liz Hunter, chairman of Ely Wildspace, said: “The three sessions of birding from the tower over the weekend were great fun. From a birding perspective it was most akin to sea watching and I feel excited about the prospect of trying watches at different times of the year and in different conditions.

“It was great meeting and chatting with lots of interesting folk throughout the two days who were keen to see the birds and enjoy the novel setting.”

Liz also extended her thanks to Ely Cathedral for allowing them the opportunity to use the tower.

Mark Reeve, chairman of the GCGP LEP and managing director of Chalcroft (Construction) with Neil Darwin, interim chief executive of  LEP. They are pictured at Ely bridge.

An £8million Government grant to help towards building Ely’s £30million southern by pass – pulled last summer- looks to have been restored.

Parts of Jupiter Ascending were filmed in Ely Cathedral.

It cost £116 million to make and features a wedding scene from inside Ely Cathedral but futuristic sci fi blockbuster movie Jupiter Ascending received unenthusiastic reviews at an international film festival.

Ely Underpass

The underpass at Ely train station will be closed again over the weekend, with motorist advised to expect delays.

Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen’s team of rangers will be leading a guided walk of the nature reserve on Sunday, as part of global celebrations to mark World Wetlands Day.

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