The latest nature news from Langdyke Countryside Trust

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Langdyke Countryside Trust

The Langdyke Countryside Trust is a community organisation dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the natural and built heritage around Peterborough
Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyTuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 11:53pm
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpySaturday, November 18th, 2017 at 12:16am
Nice to meet everyone. Bound to forget names at next Helpston History n Archeology Group meeting ☺
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyFriday, November 17th, 2017 at 7:03am
Eyes were on stalks along Maxham's Green Lane. 1 Fox n 3 shooting stars from Leonids
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyFriday, November 17th, 2017 at 4:55am
Tonight at Botolph's Barn. Is there anywhere i can lock my bike up out way of prying eyes. Thanks
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyFriday, November 17th, 2017 at 4:48am
Today 16 11 3 Hawfinches. 2 over Stirling Way - Bretton and 1 over North St - Crowland
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyThursday, November 16th, 2017 at 4:23am
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleThursday, November 16th, 2017 at 4:16am
I have signed the petition, please do too.
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Martin Browne
Martin BrowneWednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 6:26am
Paid my first visit to Etton/Maxey reserve today and wasn't disappointed. I was welcomed by a twittering flock of 60 plus Fieldfare in the hedgerow by the middle gate on the Etton road . Just inside the gate I disturbed a pair of Green Woodpeckers. There wasn't a great amount of birdlife on the mere but I did see a pair of Egyptian Geese, Teal, Gadwall, Moorhen, Coot, 3 x Little Grebe, Snipe,Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Magpie, Blue Tit, Red Kite, Kestrel, Pheasant and another pair of Green Woodpeckers in the two hours at the hide. I just got back to the car to be met by four Long-tailed Tits in the hedge across the road. Altogether a most enjoyable visit. :-)
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleTuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 6:18am
Langdyke Countryside Trust - Helpston History and Archaeology Group
We would love you to join us on Thursday evening 16th November 7.30-9.30 pm at Botolph’s Barn for a workshop looking at the history of Helpston.
In our second year of documenting our village history we plan to continue with house detecting using evidence from documents including indentures, deeds etc. From the CENSUS records and house records we are now able to research family groups and plan to create family trees identifying where members lived, relationships and occupations.
House detectives are also interested in the Railway, Law and Order, Paper Mill (workers, families and homes) and talking to long term residents of the village to get their view as to how this community has changed in their lifetime.
A voluntary contribution will be accepted to help cover costs. Refreshments will be available including home bakes. To help us cater for our visitors, we would like you to let us know if you will be joining us in advance. Contact Margaret Courtman on margaret.courtman@btinternet.com
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Keren Thomson
Keren ThomsonTuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 2:38am
Had a good work party this morning at Etton/Maxey reserve and Etton High Meadow. One group mended the fencing at the North East corner of the reserve whilst back at Etton High Meadow, the rest of us continued with the work in the orchard (only 30 more trees to go!). We also pulled out some ragwort in the sheep paddock. We always make sure there's time for a cuppa or two and a chat however. Thanks for the mince pies Malcolm!!
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Keren Thomson
Keren ThomsonSaturday, November 11th, 2017 at 10:45pm
There will be an Eastern Reserves Work Party on Monday 13 November, meeting at Etton High Meadow barn at 10:00. The site is on your right just after leaving Etton over the humpback bridge going towards Maxey. Go down a gated (will be open) track beside the large barn.
We're continuing with the work in the Heritage Orchard to replace the tree guards (made on site) and stakes. We also need to clear part of an area which we would like to convert to a grassy seating area with wildflowers growing in it. An important job which needs to be done on Monday is to replace a fence post in one corner of the Etton/Maxey Reserve. These photos will show you the making of the tree guards and volunteers working in the orchard. If you would like to join us we'll be very pleased to see you. We have all the tools; just bring gloves.
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Steve Lonsdale
Steve LonsdaleSunday, November 12th, 2017 at 11:10pm
A cold wind along the cut this morning meant that most of the wildlife was hiding, though at least the sun was out. Not much to excite the mammologist, but a few waterfowl about. A female Gooseander on the cut, a dozen or so Pochard on one of the pits, and a very brief sighting of a Water Rail in the vegetation on the bankside below the mast. No sign of the 20 or so Wigeon that were on the main lake last week.
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleThursday, November 9th, 2017 at 11:23pm
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Brian Lawrence
Brian LawrenceThursday, November 9th, 2017 at 2:32am
Walking around Swaddywell in the area belonging to Robert Goodfellow this morning I flushed a woodcock. This is the first time I've seen a woodcock at this site.
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpySunday, November 5th, 2017 at 12:11am
Hunstanton yday 3 11 highlights 10 Hawfinches sth 5 Whoopers 2 n 3 j. Plenty passage sth Star Rdwings n Ffares. Pic is 21 Whoopers heading east over Bretton Park bout 10 mins ago
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Martin Browne
Martin BrowneThursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 11:37pm
Many thanks for the add Richard :-)
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyTuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 3:58am
Great time today at planting in heritage orchard work party. Medlar seeds planted.
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Keren Thomson
Keren ThomsonThursday, October 26th, 2017 at 9:22pm
There will be a work party at Etton High Meadow on Monday 30 October. We are planting some new apple trees in the Heritage Orchard and replacing tree guards and stakes on some of the existing trees. Please come to the barn at 10:00 if you'd like to join us. We usually finish at about 13:00. There's parking on site. You only need to bring gardening gloves. It will be great to see you.
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyTuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 4:01am
Maxey Pit autumn hedgerow. Haws. Sloes. Favourite for autumn leaf colour Field Maple.
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyTuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 3:59am
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Brian Lawrence
Brian LawrenceMonday, October 30th, 2017 at 5:45am
This afternoon over twenty members of Langdyke Trust had a great autumn walk at Castor Hanglands lead by Mike Horne and David Cowcill. The number of fungi seen was poor because of the dry conditions but everyone had a good time. A selection of fungi seen are shown below..
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyMonday, October 30th, 2017 at 4:45am
Looking towards Castor Hanglands from Stamford Rd just north of Marholm
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyMonday, October 30th, 2017 at 4:44am
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyMonday, October 30th, 2017 at 1:30am
Hawfinch over. If i am waiting in the right place a Hanglands. The little layby just after the s bend hill coming from Marholm end
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Brian Lawrence
Brian LawrenceSaturday, October 28th, 2017 at 12:09am
Medlars picked at the Langdyke Etton High Meadow reserve bletting before being used to make Medlar Jelly, which is a fine accompaniment for roast meats, cold meats or cheese.
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleSaturday, October 28th, 2017 at 11:46pm
Should be a lovely afternoon for the Langdyke walk around Castor Hanglands tomorrow in search of birds, berries, mushrooms and just enjoying the autumnal colours. Meet at 2pm at the main entrance to the Hanglands off the road between Ailsworth and Helpston.
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleSaturday, October 28th, 2017 at 10:20pm
There was a total of 31 little grebe on the Maxey Pits complex this morning. Charming birds which make such a distinctive laughing call. No photo so how about this lovely painting by wildlife artist Darren Woodhead!
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleFriday, October 27th, 2017 at 6:35pm
Scary thoughts from George Monbiot....
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Kathryn Parsons
Kathryn ParsonsWednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 8:23am
Please does anyone know of a local hedgehog rescue person? - we've got a very little hedgie visiting our garden & it's looking much too small to make it through the winter... thank you.
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Cliff Stanton
Cliff StantonFriday, October 27th, 2017 at 6:54am
We checked all bonfires at Swaddywell today for hedgehogs.
Cliff Stanton
British Hedgehog Preservation Society
Help hedgehogs by sharing our Hedgehog Close video, a really cute short film that has important messages about helping hedgehogs, voiced by the charming Gordon Buchanan Wildlife Filmaker - you can even buy the Hedgehog Highway signs (as featured in the film) from us at http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/shop/product/2-x-hedgehog-highway-signs-5/
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleThursday, October 26th, 2017 at 6:49am
At least two bats out and about as I walked along Maxhams Green Way Helpston at sunset tonight.
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Steve Lonsdale
Steve LonsdaleWednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 8:09pm
Hawfinches: Keep Your Eyes Open. It appears there is a major movement of Hawfinches occurring across western Europe (possibly due to the recent storms), with over 500 reported in the UK on Monday. 1300 were spotted in Brittany yesterday, and one has even got to the Kenai peninsula in Alaska.
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleWednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 7:18am
Peterborough Telegraph reports that the Council has removed the land north of Castor from the draft Local Plan, very good news for the future of the Hanglands.
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyTuesday, October 24th, 2017 at 2:16am
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyWednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 4:42am
Etton-Maxey gate near cut left unlocked and hide locked but windows left open!!!

Etton-Maxey 1 Peregrine
Maxey Pits - sludgie pit 1 Ruddy Shelduck 2 Egyptian Geese
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