The magic of autumn’s vibrant colours is reflected in a host of images taken at Langdyke’s reserves during November.
This late afternoon shot shows the splendour of Swaddywell and captures the reserve in all of its glory. It was taken by Duncan Kirkwood and we have chosen it as our image of the month for November.
Each month we select photographs taken by our Facebook members and posted on our site. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from November. You can click on them to enhance your viewing.
This is another shot of Swaddywell taken by Duncan at around the same time.
We have a range of images from the month displaying the brilliance of the Autumn colours. They include this sunset scene taken along the Maxey Cut by Suzanne Cade.
And this late afternoon photo of Etton Maxey reserve captures our sheep enjoying the last of the sunshine before darkness engulfs them. It was taken by Julie Budnik-Hillier.
Once again the magic of the daily murmurations over the Etton Maxey reserve have resulted in many images being taken and posted by our members. They include these two shots. The first by Martin Browne and the second by Sarah Lambert.
Here it is … with a wing span of more than eight feet this Lammergeier – commonly known as a bearded vulture – is our image of the month.
We’re breaking our own rules. Normally we only feature photos which have been taken in and around Langdyke reserves. But we’re making an exception this month.
The bearded vulture, named Vigo, was spotted recently only a few miles away between Crowland and Spalding.
With a wing span of 2.5m (8.2ft), the bird is rarely seen in the UK and is normally found in Alpine regions. So when Sarah Lambertposted these great photos on our Facebook page we couldn’t resist making them our image of the month for October.
Each month we select photographs taken by our Facebook members and posted on our site. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from October. You can click on them to enhance your viewing.
Here’s a striking image of a fungi spotted during a walk by Brian Lawrencearound Swaddywell. It is a Yellow Staghorn.
The autumn has brought about the usual transformation to our reserves with a host of golden colours as the trees start to shed their foliage.
And Kathryn Parsons on a trip to Torpel found even more colour by being on the spot to capture this magnicifent shot of a rainbow over Helpston.
Julie Budnik-Hillier captured this shot of a green woodpecker trying to hide away behind a tree on the Etton Maxey reserve.
This splendid moth has been identified as a Merveille du Jour by Malcolm Hillier who took the photo.
As usual, it’s been a busy time on our reserves with our volunteers putting in plenty of hard graft to keep them in tip-top condition.
This is a work party at Castor Hanglands clearing scrub to allow new growth in the Spring. The photo was taken by Mike Horne.
At Etton Maxey our volunteers have been putting in some back-breaking work to clear the invasive crassula weed from the water edges in the hope that the mud that’s left will attract some wading birds.
Work on the reserve has been helped during the half term period by students from Stamford Endowed Schools who have cleared hawthorn and willow and crassula as part of their efforts to achieve Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme medals.
And finally, Bob Titman made a rare find – the nest of a Harvest Mouse.
Here’s an unusual shot – a Ramshorn snail enjoying the autumn sunshine (slowly, of course!) near the cabin at Swaddywell Pit nature reserve.
The photo – which we are making our image of the month for September – was taken by Duncan Kirkwood.
Each month we select photographs taken by our Facebook members and posted on our site. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from September.
This Fox Moth caterpillar was spotted at Barnack Hills and Holes and photographed by Antony Mould.
Malcolm Hillier came across this Sallow Moth at Castor Hanglands.
And Angela Trotter caught this glimpse of a Small Heath Butterfly at Etton Maxey reserve.
This deer has become a regular sight at Etton Maxey, this time captured on camera by Steve Zealand.
Steve also took this shot of a rather grumpy looking Hebridean Ram – one of the Langdyke flock – having a rest after grazing Vergette Wood Meadow with his eight other mates, a mix of Jacob, Hebridean and Soay rams.
Doing an equally good job of cutting back the growth on our reserves were members of the Eastern Reserves work party. Martin Parsons is seen here sharpening his scythe before having another go at the reed bed which needs some reduction.
Our work parties have been busy on all of our reserves during September.
One of the tasks was painting and repairing the cabin at Torpel. Chris Grant and Cliff Stanton are busy in this shot taken by Anne Bell.
Mike Horne took this photo of another work party – this time at Castor Hanglands. We are always looking for volunteers for our work parties. They carry out a wide variety of essential tasks (all socially distanced to meet Coronavirus guidelines) and there are a good range of jobs to do. You can find out more about how to volunteer here
And finally … this month’s most unusual shot of the benefits of nature was taken by Claire Noble after a walk around Swaddywell with her four-year-old son who took his sword along (to the pit referred to as Swordywell by poet John Clare) just in case.
They collected blackberries and apples – and enjoyed this lovely crumble when they got home.
We’re celebrating the final colours of the summer with our collection of images from August.
Flowers, a kingfisher, butterflies, moths and even a wasp feature in the photos taken and posted by members of our Facebook group during the month.
But we have chosen this wonderful shot of a Chalkhill Blue on a plant at the Barnack Hills and Holes reserve as our image of the month. It was taken by Liam Boyle.
Each month we select photographs taken by our Facebook members and posted on our site. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from August.
The most unusual shot of the month was taken by Steve Lonsdale of this water vole at the Etton Maxey reserve. It was taken using a night camera.
It’s good news that evidence of water vole activity has been discovered at several points across the reserve.
There have been several sightings at the reserve of a roe deer. This image was captured by Angela Trotter.
Other photos taken at Etton Maxey during the month included this yellow wagtail seen by Steve Zealand.
And Brian Lawrencecaptured this shot of a lesser black-backed gull.
The nearby Maxey Cut was the venue for this shot of a Kingfisher by Angela Trotter.
There were some lovely flowers on display during the month.
Moth trapping and spotting has become a popular pastime for a number of Langdyke members. Malcolm Hillier took this photo f a Webb’s Wainscott moth while out with a group of Langdyke friends.
It’s not every month that we could include a shot of something as common as a wasp. But the great colours in this image – captured by Duncan Kirkwood – make it a striking photo.
And finally, work parties have returned on Langdke’s reserves following the long Coronavirus lockdown. Special socially distanced measure are in place with tools and equipment being cleaned and gloves worn to keep the volunteers as safe as possible.
In this image Mick Thomson can be seen tidying up the fringes of the community orchard after it was flailed by commercial contractors.
And here’s an example of the type of work that parties undertake. This is a new stile installed at the Swaddywell reserve by Malcolm Holley and Peter Leverington. You can find more information about becoming a Langdyke volunteer on our website here
Nature has continued to enjoy the English summer – even if July’s weather has been a bit mixed at times.
The early hot weather has meant that a lot of species have been in abundance this year.
The ruddy darter in our main picture was out in all its spectacular glory at Swaddywell and proved a great image for Brian Lawrence to capture.
Each month we select photographs taken by our Facebook members and posted on our site. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from July.
After the lockdown caused by Coronavirus our work parties started to get back to some normality – although restricted in numbers and doing work with socially distancing precautions in place.
Across all of our reserves there was plenty of nature to capture. This scene at Swaddywell was photographed by Ian Wilson.
Here are just some of the photos taken by our members and supporters.
June was the month when the Coronavirus lockdown was eased a little and many of us had the chance to get out and enjoy the countryside.
It was a month in which nature did its best to give us great displays – whether it was in the form of insects, birds or flowers.
This Silver-washed fritillary butterfly (above) was spotted by Cliff Stantonat Castor Hanglands. We’ve chosen it as our image of the month for June.
Each month we select photographs taken by our Facebook members. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from June.
There were a number of great butterfly pictures taken at our reserves during the month.
This marbled white was spotted at Barnack Hills and Holes and photographed by Steve Lonsdale.
And this Little Skipper image was captured by Paula Masonat Castor Hanglands.
Meanwhile Angela Trotter took this shot of a Comma basking in the sunshine at Etton
Visitors to Etton Maxey will probably have seen one of several Brown Hares chasing across the reserve. This one was seen and photographed by Martin Browne.
Equally impressive was this shot of a magnificent deer taken by John Parsonage.
A red kite resting in a tree at Castor Hanglands caught the eye and camera of Steve Zealand.
There were a number of floral displays which attracted attention as well. Here are some of them.
Ian Wilson was out and about when he saw this Shoulder striped Wainscot moth at Swaddywell.
And finally, we couldn’t resist this photo. Steve Zealandforgot to put out food in the usual spot for his visiting hedgehog. The spiky fellow must have been put out because the next morning Steve found a gentle reminder not to forget again … in the form of some poo!
It’s official – Spring 2020 was the hottest and driest on record.
And – coupled with the Coronavirus lockdown – it has meant that our members have been out and about in nature, practising social distancing and enjoying the countryside at the same time.
It helps if you get up at the crack of dawn and an early morning visit to Etton Maxey Pits paid off for Angela Trotter who took this great shot of a Roe Deer in the distance. We’re making it our image of the month for May.
Each month we select photographs taken by our Facebook members. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from May.
Everyone loves the Wren and this little thing was seen alongside the Maxey Cut by Liam Boyle.
It is good to see the Turtle Doves are back along the Maxey Cut and making use of the special feeding operation mounted by Langdyke volunteers at the Etton Maxey nature reserve car park. Kevin Eldred took this shot.
It is interesting to view our nature reserves at different times of the year. Here are three May shots of Swaddywell, Etton Maxey and Castor Hanglands.
The Covid-19 lockdown has meant that Langdyke has been unable to hold working parties. One of the casualties of that is that no tern rafts were launched on to the water at Etton Maxey to attract breeding birds this year.
All the same it was good to see that this Common Tern made it’s way to the site in May and was photographed by Steve Zealand.
Other images captured during the month prove what a diverse range of species our reserves attract.
And finally. Just to prove that you don’t have to go outside to view nature. Sue Welchdiscovered this Brimstone Moth had been trapped in her kitchen overnight. After a quick photo it was released back into nature.
The signs of Spring are definitely in evidence if these pictures shot on our reserves during March are anything to go by.
They were all taken before the Government issued its Coronavirus advice to all of us to stay at home.
We’ve chosen the photo of the wild pear tree taken by Kathryn Parsons as our image of the month.
It’s probably the last time for a while that we will be focussing on pictures taken on the reserves. We’ll be concentrating on photos of wildlife in the gardens of members for the time being. Please start posting them – so that we can all share the delights without having to go out and put ourselves and others at risk.
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 March.
Kathryn also took this picture of our full time volunteers at work on the Etton Maxey reserve, grazing the grass and keeping the reserves in shape – having to do their work without the assistance of human volunteers for the time being.
It is hoped that we will have the first Langdyke lambs during April, so please keep visiting the site for news of new arrivals. In line with Government advice we will be maintaining our livestock checking regime to ensure our sheep remain healthy.
An early morning walk along the Maxey Cut by Angela Trotterresulted in this great shot of a weasel, apparently on the hunt for a rabbit for breakfast.
This common field speedwell was captured at Swaddywell Pit by Sarah Lambert.
There was plenty of birdlife on view during the month. This redshank was spotted at Etton Maxey by Steve Zealand.
Nathan Stimpson was also at Etton Maxey to capture this shot of a Heron, a regular resident on the reserve.
And this greylag goose caught the eye of Steve Zealand at Etton Maxey.
And finally the splendour of Barnack Hills and Holes was captured in this image by David Alvey. We’ve chosen to use it as a reminder that we should all stay at home and only exercise where we can practice safe self distancing. Keep safe!
One thing summed up the month of February 2020 … water. And lots of it.
So that’s why we are using the image of a flooded Etton Maxey Pits Nature Reserve as 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. This month’s image was taken by David Rowell. Here are some other images from February.
The rainfall has seriously disrupted farmers and gardeners in their preparations for the year ahead. And we will have to wait and see what affect it has on nature generally.
One thing that the heavy rainfall might have improved is the chances of getting more wading birds on site at the Etton Maxey site.
This picture was taken by Brian Lawrence. It is hoped that both waders and lovers of mud will be attracted to the site in greater numbers.
More evidence of the rainfall could be seen in this image captured by Keren Thomson of the wooded area of Etton Wood Meadow. It shows more water than wood!
One of the highlights of the month was a visit by Langdyke volunteers to help with conservation work at Marholm Field Bank – the smallest reserve looked after by the Trust.
It is a little gem of a place hidden just off the A47 and is not open to the public.
Nathan Stimpsontook this shot showing evidence of a woodmouse that had been chewing away on a nut at the site.
Some delighted specimens among the undergrowth were uncovered and photographed by Sarah Lambert. They included this Primrose.
This is an unusual magnified photograph by Sarah of neat feather moss.
Work parties take place across most of the Langdyke reserves and we are always looking for volunteers to help out. They usually last a couple of hours and end with a friendly chat and a cuppa. If you would like to take part please email email@example.com
Another work party – this time at Etton – was busy litter picking and lifted this old tree guard to uncover snails in winter hibernation. The guard was left where it was, allowing the snails to slumber on.
And finally … during a visit to Swaddywell Pit Sarah Lambert photographed these juvenile smooth newts.
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