A natural history of Cambridge

NatHistCam is a project to study the natural history of Cambridge, based on an 8 km x 8 km square which is roughly centred on Mill Road Cemetery.   There are maps of the area here. Our aims are to:

  • create a snapshot of the flora and fauna of Cambridge City and its immediate environs in a historical context; and
  • increase public awareness of the diversity of plants, animals and fungi in the city.

Based on our field studies, we shall publish papers and probably two books.

In each monad (1 km square) of the selected 64 squares, we are  recording the presence of flowering plants, ferns, mosses and liverworts as well as amphibians and reptiles, birds, insects and other invertebrates, and mammals.

Current surveys

Garden survey We intend to survey in some detail one garden in each monad. See the garden survey page for more information.

Mistletoe survey We are currently collecting information on mistletoe in the city: where it can be found and what trees it is growing on. More details here.

See also our blog.

To contact us e-mail nathistcam@gmail.com .

Background to the project

A copy of the poster we exhibited at the Cambridge Natural History Society’s annual Conversazione last June, when we launched the project, is here.