RIVER  WILDLIFE – Cambridge to Popes Corner

River Wildlife - River Cam - The river, river bank and flora and fauna

Ducks, swans and moorhens are a common sight, but you might also see the occasional kingfisher. Dragonflies and damselflies proliferate along Grantchester Meadows, and further downstream along Riverside near the Museum of Technology, plus signs of otters and water voles. Don’t forget the special twilight Bat Tours

Along the Halingway (Towpath) starting at Chesterton there are nearly 900 willows, thought to be the longest and most consistently managed line of pollards in the county. They support some 160 recorded species of invertebrates, 20 of which are nationally rare.

You can find a wealth of wildlife by the river. Along with the swans and ducks, pike, perch, and bream, you can also spot kingfishers, grey heron and cormorants. You might be lucky enough to see more exotic species such as black swans, Egyptian geese, wood ducks and mandarin ducks which have escaped from bird collections. Shags have also been spotted by the river, another breed that usually lives at sea!

In the past pollution was a problem but in recent years there have been few incidents of fish mortality and the density of fish stocks is high. A recent survey gave the river a good to excellent rating for fish stocks and variety of fish.

Beyond the city boundary, as you start to get out onto the East Anglian Fens, the range of bird life blossoms. At the bottom of this page is a list of just some of the birds that can be spotted between Cambridge and Ely on the River Cam and The Great Ouse.

Wildlife on The River Cam

Moorhen midflight

Fish in the River Cam

Common Fish species: Roach, Bream, Chub, Pike, Perch, Carp, Tench and Eels

Along with these fish come the birds and other fish eating wildlife.: Kingfisher, Heron, Cormorant and Otters. 

Birds of the River Cam (alphabetical list of the top ninety three species)

Barn Owl Eurasian Reed Warbler Meadow Pipit
Barn Swallow Eurasian Sparrowhawk Merlin
Black Swan Eurasian Treecreeper Mistle Thrush
Black-billed Magpie European Golden Plover Mute Swan
Blackcap European Goldfinch Northern Lapwing
Black-headed Gull European Greenfinch Osprey
Blue Tit European Robin Red Kite
Carrion Crow European Shag Red-legged Partridge
Chaffinch European Turtle Dove Redwing
Common Blackbird Fieldfare Reed Bunting
Common Bullfinch Goldcrest Rook
Common Buzzard Great Black-backed Gull Sedge Warbler
Common Chiffchaff Great Cormorant Sky Lark
Common Coot Great Crested Grebe Song Thrush
Common Cuckoo Great Spotted Woodpecker Spotted Flycatcher
Common Greenshank Great Tit Stock Pigeon
Common Kestrel Greater Canada Goose Stonechat
Common Kingfisher Green Woodpecker Tawny Owl
Common Linnet Grey Heron White/Pied Wagtail
Common Moorhen Grey Plover Willow Warbler
Common Nightingale Grey Wagtail Winter Wren
Common Pheasant Greylag Goose Yellow Wagtail
Common Sandpiper Hedge Accentor (Dunnock) Yellowhammer
Common Snipe Herring Gull
Common Starling House Martin
Common Swift House Sparrow
Common Tern Jack Snipe
Common Whitethroat Lesser Black-backed Gull
Common Wood Pigeon Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Eurasian Collared Dove Lesser Whitethroat
Eurasian Hobby Little Grebe
Eurasian Jackdaw Little Owl
Eurasian Jay Long-tailed Tit
Eurasian Marsh Harrier Mallard Duck
Eurasian Oystercatcher Mandarin Duck

Simply the best unique river boat trips on the River Cam, Cambridge and beyond !