Help us install next boxes

January 17, 2014

On Monday, 27 January, Guy Belcher, the City’s Nature Conservation Officer will be installing new nest boxes for smaller birds and bat boxes on Stourbridge Common along the industrial estate tree belt (kestrel and tawny owl boxes have already been installed).

If you’d like to come along to help out or just watch, please meet at 10.30 at the Oyster Row Entrance.  All materials provided.


Stourbridge Common Habitat Survey

January 16, 2014

A report (December 2013) by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust is now available  on the habitat and management recommendations for Stourbridge Common and we have news of owls and snipe.

Check out our biodiversity page for all the details.

River bank restoration plans

January 16, 2014

We recently received the following from Guy Belcher the Nature Conservation Officer at Cambridge City Council

Plans for the river bank restoration are progressing well. See the drawing for the proposed works (Click to see the Proposed Plan) which are scheduled to begin in February 2014 and run through to the end of March. These works concentrate on the stretch prioritised for replacement, they do not impact upon the existing site moorings. 

The existing concrete piling has come to the end of its serviceability life and will be replaced with a naturally engineered solution to stabilise the bank and increase habitat value along the river. Please note a temporary stock fence will be required in the first growing season to enable the native marginal vegetation to establish. This will be removed by March 2015 at the latest. These restorative and temporary works are considered as permitted development under the Common S38 consent process. We have applied for the necessary Environment Agency and Cam Conservators consents. No trees will be lost as part of the scheme, but two willows adjacent to the bank are proposed for re-pollarding.

Should anyone require additional information please refer them to

Logan’s Meadow: Past, Present & Future

January 16, 2014
An interesting talk you might be interested in …
Nick Moir (vicar of St Andrew’s Chesterton) will speak on the meadow’s importance as a hub for the medieval village and manor, and Guy Belcher (Nature Conservation Officer at the city council) on the proposed water channel and reed bed.

St Andrew’s Hall

Tuesday 18 February  7.30-9.15pm
(beginning with a glass of wine/fruit juice)

Penny Ferry to be demolished

September 12, 2013

Very sad to report the news that the Appeal was upheld and the decision has been made to allow the demolition of the Penny Ferry (Pike and Eel) pub which opens the way for the building of 5 luxury homes along the river front.

The campaign to save the Penny Ferry/Pike and Eel pub was fought by 13 organisations who joined together, including Old Chesterton Residents Association, Cambridge Past, Present and Future, Friends of Stourbridge Common, CAMRA and rowers.   Clare Blair, a member of OCRA and Friends of Stourbridge Common, said on behalf of all the campaigners:


“Of course we are very disappointed. The Inspector’s judgement goes against an unprecedented number of community organisations both locally and city wide, the hundreds of residents who supported the campaign and the considered view of city councillors who listened carefully to all arguments.  We have fought for two years to save a wonderful piece of Cambridge’s history which will now be lost to expensive private housing of poor and overbearing design which will add nothing to our heritage.

Far too many pubs have been lost to developers keen to maximise their profits.  Had some of the current local and national protections for pubs been in place two years ago when the application was first made, we might have been able to save this one for future generations to enjoy. It certainly defies common sense to say that this very special riverside pub could never be run profitably.  Planning has to do better for Cambridge than this in the future.”



This decision will be discussed at the FoSC AGM on 13th September.

To read the full decision and costs application clink on the links below (PDF files)


Appeal Decision

Costs Decision



Are you going to Stourbridge Fair?

August 22, 2013

We are …

Saturday 14th September from midday at the Leper Chapel brings the annual re-enactment of the traditional Stourbridge Fair … local crafts, foods, stalls and storytelling … a fascinating event and well worth a visit.

There is also going to be a walk this year, leaving at 10am from the ‘Riverside’ entrance to the Common which will arrive at the Fair in time for its grand opening. tells you all about the Leper Chapel and the Fair (which runs from midday – 4.30pm)

The Stourbridge Fair (picture credit Cambridge Past Present and Future)

FoSC AGM coming up

August 22, 2013

The Friends of Stourbridge Common will hold their Annual General Meeting on Friday 13 September at St. Andrew’s Hall Chesterton at 7 pm.

We will have refreshments and a short AGM, followed by talks by Cllr Martin Curtis, Leader of the County Council, on cycling and the Common and by Dr. Louise Bacon of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Environmental Records Centre on the Centre’s work and how it relates to the Common.

We do hope to see you there for what will be an interesting and enjoyable evening.

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