August in pictures

What a month … there are some fabulous photos illustrating the wildlife across Langdyke reserves during August – including this great picture of a Scarlet Pimpernel.

It was taken by Langdyke treasurer and trustee Brian Lawrence during a sunny afternoon at Swaddywell Pit and is our image of the month.

Each month we select photographs taken by our members. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from August.

Turtle Doves breeding around the Etton Maxey reserve have been one of the highlights of the month as these great images show. This group was caught on camera by John Parsonage.

Turtle Doves at Etton Maxey. Photo: John Parsonage

The Turtle Doves have been encouraged by Langdyke volunteers who have put special food out for them three times a week.  In recent days special netting has been put up to capture some of the birds so they can be ringed by experts.

One of the volunteers Martin Parsons took this photo of one of the birds being tagged before being released.

A Turtle Dove captured and successfully ringed. Photo: Martin Parsons


Other work undertaken by Trust volunteers has included a small mammal survey, run by Steve and Liz Lonsdale, at the Etton Vergette Wood Meadow site. One of the finds included this little creature photographed by Keren Thomson just before it was released back into the wild.

One of the finds at the small mammal survey at Etton’s Vergette Wood Meadow Photo: Keren Thomson

The work of Trust volunteers is really appreciated and the organisation could not operate without the volunteers who turn out to help keep the reserves in tip top condition.

Volunteers at the Monday work party at Etton are seen here clearing weeds from the community orchard at Etton High Meadow. The photo was taken by Keren Thomson..

Work party volunteers clearing weeds from the community orchard at Etton High Meadow Photo: Keren Thomson

This work party picture, taken by Sue Welch, shows preparations being made to keep the sheep safe at Swaddywell Pit.

The Swaddywell work party preparing ground to keep the sheep safe Photo: Sue Welch

The month saw a number of sheep movements after the annual shearing to make sure they are safe and in the right grazing place for the months ahead.

These young Hebridean male lambs were born at Torpel Manor field and now have a new home grazing the paddock at Etton’s Vergette Wood Meadow. The picture was taken by Kathryn Parsons shortly after their arrival.

Some of the new born Hebridean sheep get to know their nw home at Etton’s Vergette Wood Meadow Photo: Kathryn Parsons

Swaddywell Pit has proved yet again to be a great location for photographing flowers, fauna and insects as these shots by Liam Boyle,  Brian Lawrence and Duncan Kirkwood  all prove.

The joy of Swaddywell Photo: Liam Boyle
Autumn Lady’s Tresses at Swaddywell Photo: Brian Lawrence
Mating common blue damselflies at Swaddywell. Photo: Duncan Kirkwood