Recent News

Annual General Meeting – 6th July 2022

Come to our Annual General Meeting Wednesday 6th July at 7pm - Free Church St Ives Please note the change of venue from the Corn Exchange to the Free Church Following the AGM the speaker will be Brian Eversham, CEO of the Wildlife Trust BCN, with a talk on “Bumblebees...

Family Fun Day 2021

This year's Family Fun Day was a great success.  Our theme was "Beside the Riverside", and activities included a Nature Table, a Nature Trail of wildlife that can be found living on the Island, and a craft activity making dragonflies from pipe cleaners.  ...

Family Fun Day 2022

Thursday 25th August, 11am-3pm - Treasure IslandAhoy!  This year's Family Fun Day, held on Holt Island and in the Norris Museum, will have a Treasure Island theme. There will be a range of fun activities including: Find the parrots hidden around the Island Walk...

Fish Rescue on Holt Island – February 2021

With the floods over Christmas 2020 which went up to 1.52m above local datum and then further floods through January and up to 10th February 2021, a number of fish got stranded when the waters receded. On the 17th February Nigel Sprowell and I went fishing to see what...

Swan Family Update

  In early May we were delighted to see ‘our’ swans presenting their new family of eight cygnets. She successfully raised a similarly large brood last year all the way through to adulthood, which was a fantastic achievement. Sadly, however, this year...

Our Swans Return

  Deja-vu – where has she been? A question we have been asking ourselves for the past few weeks. Last year “our“ swan gave pleasure to many whilst nesting on the Island, on The Waits side, producing a family of 8 cygnets, all of which eventually...

Our Swan Family Afloat

May 2021 and introducing the Holt Island swan family! These pictures show the adorable sight of eight, two-day-old cygnets following their mother along the backwater and nibbling at the plants on the bank.     Photographs © Sue Limentani...

Bats Released

  Bats released on Holt Island! Recently we released four bats on Holt Island. They were found grounded and dehydrated in St Ives, but the place they were found was not safe for release once they had been rehabilitated. As Holt Island was almost certainly in...

Musk Beetle

We had a visit from a Brownie Pack this week and went on a bug hunt. We were absolutely delighted when sharp eyed members of the group spotted two Musk beetles as we searched. These long-horn beetles have very long antennae and can measure as much as 4cm! They are...