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Latest news

Nature of Cambridge book is out now!

The Nature of Cambridge book, edited by Mark Hill, which is the culmination of the Cambridge Natural History Society ‘NatHisCam’ project is available now (published October 2022).

It gives a thorough introduction to the natural history of Cambridge, with sections covering different taxonomic groups and information about sites and habitats. CPERC contributed significantly to the ‘NatHisCam’ project by providing a data entry web page on our online recording website and providing records from our database for the Cambridge area. For more information see the link above.

Lizard orchids spreading in Cambridgeshire!

The rare lizard orchid, which in Cambridgeshire was previously just confined to Devils Dyke near Newmarket, has been reported in several new locations this year.

In June 2022 we had reports of lizard orchids in Sawston, Little Shelford and the south and eastern outskirts of Cambridge. If you have seen one please send us a photo with the date seen and the location details.

It is likely that the expansion in the range of these spectacular orchids in Cambridgeshire is just a small part of a wider expansion in the range across southern and eastern England.

Cambridgeshire Bat Group records

CPERC now has a new agreement with the Cambridgeshire Bat Group effective from 1st July 2022. The new agreement will mean that bat group records will be available in our data searches at full resolution for the first time. This means that those requesting species records will not have to contact the bat group separately for data searches for full resolution access to their records.

The Cambridgeshire Bat Group has been collecting records for decades and currently has 5000+ records which CPERC enquirers will now have access to. The information collected by the group has greatly increased our knowledge of bat species distributions and the locations of important roosting and hibernation sites. CPERC has worked closely with the bat group since we were established and we thank the bat group for their help and support over the years.

CPERC Newsletter 2020 is out now!

Our latest newsletter is now available for download from here. It contains many articles updating readers about projects we have been focussing on over the past year and also other general news for those with an interest in the wildlife of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Habitats of Cambridgeshire

Please see here for an exciting new report detailing information from a new study into the habitats of Cambridgeshire. The work was carried out by Natural Capital Solutions and commissioned by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Biodiversity Partnership, and was a desk based study gathering together many sources of available digital information on the habitats of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. CPERC's main contribution was providing the 1990s Phase 1 habitat data that we digitised into GIS from scanned maps over a number of years.

The report details the current status of known habitats in the area, and interestingly compares this with the information from surveys in the 1930s. Many maps are shown in the report detailing different aspects including potential habitat networks and opportunities.

CPERC Newsletter 2019 is out now!

Please see our latest newsletter for updates about our work over the previous year and related news. It can be downloaded here CPERC Newsletter.

Henry Berman 1935 - 2017

Henry Berman, known to CPERC as a hymenoptera (mainly bumblebee) recorder recently passed away. He was known to many others as a former Biology teacher at St Ivo School. Henry sent many records on to CPERC since we started for which we are grateful. An obituary was written for the Huntingdonshire Fauna and Flora Society Annual Report and this can be downloaded here. Thank you to Barry Dickerson for this.

Orchards East

The Orchards East project, which CPERC is supporting and contributing to, has now launched in Cambridgeshire following the launch event at Girton College on 17th February 2018. Volunteers now wanted to help gather information on their local orchards! For more information see

The new Nature in Cambridgeshire is out now

The updated annual journal Nature in Cambridgeshire 2017 Volume 59 has been published in association with the Cambridge Natural History Society. Please visit for more details.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Additional Species of Interest (CPASI)

CPERC Standard Data Searches now include species on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Additional Species of Interest list, as approved by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Biodiversity Partnership in 2016. This list includes species which are not UKBAP priority species but are still considered to be species of nature conservation interest in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as suggested by local experts. As such, a more comprehensive set of species relevant to the local area is now searched for in our standard searches.

The CPASI list replaces the shorter list of former Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) species which were included in our Standard Data Searches.

For more information please see the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Biodiversity Partnership website

CPERC Reaccreditation

We are delighted to announce that in November 2016 CPERC was reaccredited with ALERC, the Association of Local Environmental Record Centres, for a further 5 years. This involved reviewing and providing evidence of all our policies and procedures in order to fulfil the required criteria. CPERC was one of the first local records centres to be accredited in 2011.

Cheveley Parish Biodiversity Audit

The Cheveley Parish Biodiversity Group has produced its audit of the Parish. The report is a comprehensive review of historical environmental data and also details the activities undertaken to further understand the diversity of wildlife and habitats within Cheveley. The project generated a significant increase in number of records for the parish held on our database which now stands at 3600. The full report can be downloaded here.

Brampton Biodiversity Project update

The Brampton Biodiversity Project has identified 9 biodiversity hotspots in the parish based on surveys undertaken in 2013/14. These include the graveyard of Saint Mary Magdalene Church and London Anglers Association River Lane gravel pits. Read Pat Doody's full blog and find out more about these and other hotspots here.

CPERC Annual Report 2015 - 2016 is now available online.

Report highlights include the launch of our new online recording website, CPERC Record, the start of a countywide habitat mapping project and the celebration of our ten year anniversary. To download the report, click here.

Launch of CPERC Record

We are excited to announce the launch of CPERC Record our online recording site where you can submit all of your wildlife sightings in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The site enables you to enter one or multiple records and you can immediately view both your own records and other recorders' data either as a list or on an interactive map.

We hope you find the website easy to use and valuable for your natural history recording. To get started or to find out more about the site and how we use the data, please visit

CPERC Record

Cambridgeshire Mammal Atlas

This new atlas shows the distribution of wild mammals across the county recorded between 2004–2014, published by the Cambridgeshire Mammal Group. To buy contact

The Larger Moths of Northamptonshire and the Soke of Peterborough

John and Brenda Ward’s review of the county’s moths is now available. To obtain a copy, please contact the authors. See the attached flyer for details.

Nature in Cambridgeshire 2015 now available

The updated annual journal Nature in Cambridgeshire 2015 Volume 57 has been published in association with the Cambridge Natural History Society. Please visit the website for more details.

CPERC Ten Year Anniversary

CPERC held an event on 2nd May 2015 to celebrate ten years since the official launch of the records centre. This involved of a series of talks by local recorders and experts and an opportunity to highlight CPERC's achievements. To find out more please view the Report below.

Ten Year Anniversary Event Report

Traditional Orchards survey report 2014

The updated report is now available on our Publications page.

CPERC reaches 1.5 million records!

In September 2014 our database reached 1.5 million records. CPERC would like to thank Data Recorders and members of public sending through their records and encourage you to continue doing so.

Nene Park Trust

We are extremely pleased to welcome the Nene Park Trust as a CPERC's newest wildlife partner. As part of our service level agreement we will be managing and processing their data, providing GIS training and assistance with online recording. The Trust will be setting up a series of recording days throughout the year so if you want to get involved, please visit their website more details.

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