2G3S Walk round Dernford Reservoir, September 2019

In warm sunshine a dozen residents completed the walk around Dernford Reservoir,  just south of Stapleford, in late September.  The reservoir area was opened for public access last year following amelioration of the former gravel quarry.

The group were introduced to several late flowering plants including bright yellow Toadflax and purple Upright Vetch. A large dragonfly was seen skimming over the water. There was a group of more than 50 gulls on the water, including Black-backed gulls.  We watched a Grebe taking a series of dives to catch small fish and a Cormorant flew low over the reservoir.  One of the group spotted a Common Sandpiper on the shore and we shared binoculars to see it bobbing about on the shoreline. A group of dogs splashing in the water drove the wary birds to the other side of the reservoir, the owners ignoring the fencing and deep water warning signs.

The reservoir is becoming a more popular walking venue and provides a useful local wildlife asset. It will be interesting to observe how it develops over the next few years.  Note the reservoir is in Sawston Parish, one of the villages that the 2G3S group represents (Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston).

John O’Boyle

Don’t forget to respond to the Sawston Greenway consultation

We are hoping that the Greater Cambridge Partnership will go ahead with the construction of a ‘Greenway’ (a route for cyclists, walkers and equestrians) from Cambridge through Stapleford to Sawston.  They are gauging public support for the project by means of a survey; responses have to be in by end of Monday, 5 August.  Local residents should have received a hard copy through their door, but you can also complete the survey online here:

https://consultcambs.uk .engagementhq.com/greenways-melbourn-sawston?tool=survey_tool#tool_tab

and it only takes a few minutes to complete the form.

Details of the proposals are linked from https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/greenways-melbourn-sawston

We are encouraging people to strongly support option 5b over 5a.  This is an extract from our Summer 2019 newsletter:

Jim Chisholm writes:

Stapleford: most crucially, a new route ‘B’ is proposed that avoids the difficult section through Mingle Lane and Church St.  A roughly similar route was proposed in 2000, but this failed due to landowner objections.  At that time, Sustrans did obtain a licence, which still holds, for a 500m strip of land adjacent to the rail line S from Shelford station, under London Road and as far as Wedd’s land off Granta Terrace.  The newly proposed Route B would run close to the railway as far as the new Dernford reservoir, before using a path, with public access already agreed, around the reservoir perimeter to rejoin the existing route beyond Dernford Lane. Please strongly support route B from Shelford station.

Without such support negotiations with landowners for access to a 450m strip needed between the agreed Sustrans bit and the reservoir will be difficult.

If a further short link were to be created from the proposed path to the housing development on the old garage site, this would give a route from these dwellings to the London-bound platform at Shelford station, as well as an almost traffic free path to Sawston Village College.

A route alongside the Sawston by-pass to the ‘Spicers’ crossing is also proposed.  For this to be a 24/7 commuter route and to be family friendly it will need to be behind a hedge, as routes directly adjacent to busy roads are unsafe in the dark due to vehicle headlights, and difficult for families because of the proximity and noise of heavy traffic.  Please support this path, but with a hedge.

Thank you!