Events 2017-18

As well as our regular walks and talks, the Trust welcomes all its members to its Monday morning and Thursday afternoon work-parties.  Check with Chris Topper on 01733 252506 for details of each week’s location.

Saturday 7 October – conservation day at Etton Maxey Pits, 2pm onwards at the main entrance off the Etton Road.  Wear gardening clothes and gloves and boots.

Saturday 21 October – “What Next” meeting for the Langdyke History and Archaeology Group, Helpston Village Hall at 2pm

Sunday 29 October Autumn at the Hanglands, an afternoon walk, meet 2pm at the main entrance to the Hanglands
Saturday 25 November Work party at Swaddywell or Bainton Pits, 1-5pm,
Wednesday 27 December Work party at Swaddywell or Bainton Pits, 1-4pm
Monday 1 January New Year’s Day walk, 1pm start from Helpston Post Office
Saturday 13 January Nene Washes walk, searching for winter wildfowl, birds of prey and cranes, 1pm at Helpston Post Office
Tuesday 6 February Indoor talk at Maxey Village Hall – guest speaker to be advised, 730pm start
Friday 23 February Green Leap Day work party – 12pm onwards, meet at High Meadow, followed by members BBQ
Friday 30 March Newt count at Swaddywell Pit, meet at the car park at 7pm
Tuesday 24 April A spring evening at Bainton Pits, meet at Torpel Manor Field at 7pm
Wednesday 9 May Spring at the Hanglands, nightingales and song birds
Thursday 31 May Late spring on the Maxey Cut, 7pm meet at High Meadow
Saturday 16 June Summer at Swaddywell – pond-dipping, bug hunting, butterflies and orchids, 2pm onwards.
Saturday 30 June Summer at Bainton Heath, 2pm meet at Torpel Manor Field
Wednesday 18 July Glow-worms at Barnack Hills and Holes, meet at the Millstone at 845pm.
August – date to be decided Small mammal surveys

NB – Please check the arrangements prior to each event as the details and timings may change – call Richard Astle (07885 252571) or David Cowcill (07743 986896).


Swaddywell Pit – turn right off the Marholm to Ufford Road after the farm shop and into the Stamford Stone operation. The reserve is on your right through the gates.

Torpel Manor Field – drive out of Helpston along West Street, go past the garden centre and turn right along King Street towards  Bainton, the field is then 30 metres on your left through a white gate.

Etton Maxey Pits - turn left off the main road going into Maxey from the A16 roundabout towards Etton and access the reserve from the pull-in on the right.

Etton High Meadow – head north out of Etton and over the stone bridge across the South Drain, there is an open, arable field on your right, turn into the track immediately after that field (about 100 metres from the bridge) through a gateway and down the track to the barn.

Botolph’s Barn – next to the Exeter Arms in Church Lane, Helpston.