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Here we share the latest news and insights from the New Life on the Old West project. Find out more about the latest wildlife enhancements, follow our project team in action and read contributions from our volunteer community and project partners.

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David Chandler

There are dragons

24 species of 'dragonfly' occur regularly on the NLOW patch. Read this blog by local wildlife expert and guide David Chandler to discover more about this order, the Odonata.

A brief history of the Fens

Discover how the countryside around the Old West River became an important stronghold for rare and threatened species.

Calling photographers – enter our competition today

Find out about the NLOW photography competition and how to enter.

Creating a wildlife pond at St George’s Church, Little Thetford

Read about how we created a small pond for wildlife in the churchyard of one of the NLOW villages in partnership with St George's Creation Care project.

Exciting nature-based spring/summer events from the NLOW team

Marvel at migrating birds, develop your dragonfly identification skills, or have a go at spotting an otter by signing up to our upcoming activities.

Why we need ponds

Discover why ponds are such an important part of the Cambridgeshire landscape.