November in pictures

Here’s a handsome chap worthy of our image of the month award for November.

This Hebridean Ram was captured in all his glory by Sarah Lambert during a walk at Swaddywell Nature Reserve.  He is part of the Langdyke flock of sheep who work all year around to help keep our reserves in tip top condition.

He and his Hebridean ewes are currently grazing at Swaddywell.  Another large mixed flock of Jacobs, Hebridean and Soay ewes keep the grass down at Etton Maxey.

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 November.

Voles have been capturing attention during the month.  Volunteer Malcolm Holley took this image as he was out and about inspecting some special areas created to attract small mammals when he found this one at Etton Maxey. That’s Malcolm’s boot on the left – the vole is on the right!

A vole at Etton Maxey: Photo: Malcolm Holley

This bank vole was seen in the undergrowth at Swaddywell and captured on camera by Duncan Kirkwood.

A bank vole in the undergrowth at Swaddywell. Photo: Duncan Kirkwood

Field fare are a common sight at this time of the year on the reserves. Steve Zealand captured this image

A fieldfare at Etton Maxey. Photo: Steve Zealand

The colours of autumn are, of course, at their spectacular best during November. Sarah Lambert took this shot of Swaddywell.

Autumn at Swaddywell Nature Reserve. Photo: Sarah Lambert

As usual our volunteers have been out and about busy working on the reserves. At one of the Etton Maxey working parties John Parsonage was on hand to put a new owl box up into a tree alongside the Vergette wood meadow paddocks. Keren Thomson took the photo.

John Parsonage putting up an owl box on the edge of Vergette Wood Meadow at Etton. Photo: Keren Thomson

There are volunteer work parties at both Etton and Swaddywell on a weekly basis and new helpers are always welcome. See the website home page for more details here