The latest nature news from Langdyke Countryside Trust

Keep up to date with the latest posts from our Facebook group below, or read our recent blog posts here!

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
Richard Astle
Richard AstleSunday, January 14th, 2018 at 5:42am
Cracking walk along the Nene Washes this afternoon and a great turn out of Langdyke members. Thousands of lapwings and golden plover and up to 12 cranes on show! A short eared owl sat in the fields in front if us for nearly an hour!!
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Cliff Stanton
Cliff StantonFriday, January 19th, 2018 at 11:19am
Superb work by the Perkins team round Goodfellow's pond at Swaddywell today. I understand that they had been on site since 9:30 this morning. Reeds have been cleared from two out of the four sides of the pond. The usual Thursday afternoon work party joined them for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyFriday, July 28th, 2017 at 5:31am
Lots of this plant at Etton-Maxey. Looked in my RSPB book not sure correct me if i am wrong please. Looks like Lucerne known as Alfala introduced as a fodder crop.
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleTuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 7:46am
The Government announced its 25 year plan for the environment last week – you can find a copy and a summary here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/25-year-environment-plan

It has had a mixed reception from the conservation movement with many complaining it is all words with no legal teeth and no budgets. To my mind though the words are far more ambitious that before, so that is a start and should be recognised as such. Particularly exciting is the proposal of creating or restoring 500,000 hectares of wildlife-rich habitat outside the protected site network. I think we should try and make some of that happen locally - more limestone grassland please! And the commitment to net biodiversity gain across new development matters as well, if it is enforced.

What do others think?
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleTuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 3:00am
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleMonday, January 15th, 2018 at 1:29am
Water levels are very high at Etton Maxey Pits this morning - about 120 teal on the water, also at least two brown hares on the meadows and a fox dashed off up south paddock and stopped right in front of the sheep who were blocking the gateway through to central paddock! A tense stare off ensued, before the fox ran off!
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleMonday, January 15th, 2018 at 1:35am
We've had a lot of new members join the group this week - many thanks to you all! If you want more information about Langdyke please check out our website and hopefully even join the Trust and support our efforts: come to one of our events or enjoy a walk around one of our five natures reserves. http://langdyke.org.uk/membership/

Any questions, let me know!
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Gail Follington
Gail FollingtonMonday, January 15th, 2018 at 1:45am
Thanks for adding me. The website suggests that Etton / Maxey pits requires a permit to access. How can I apply for one ? Thanks
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Keren Thomson
Keren ThomsonSunday, January 14th, 2018 at 8:53am
Last Monday we were working on the Etton/Maxey Pits reserve, strewing hay for the sheep and mending gates and fences. We also tidied up some more of the cut willow by having a warming bonfire. The heat was welcome on such a bitter day!!
Next Eastern reserves work party will be on Monday 22 January at Etton High Meadow where we'll be continuing to replace the stakes and tree guards in the heritage orchard and also do some pruning. Please meet at 10:00 at the barn a week next Monday. If you are able to join us, you'll be very welcome. No specialist skills required, just your company!!
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Brian Lawrence
Brian LawrenceFriday, January 5th, 2018 at 3:47am
Lovely late afternoon light at Etton Maxey pit today as the wind begins to pick up. Few water birds on the pit but I watched 2 Red Kites hunting over the bank near Etton Road and later a Buzzard disturbing the large Fieldfare flock on Northern Meadow.
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleFriday, January 12th, 2018 at 8:00pm
Langdyke has always been keen to promote nature and engage people across the whole area west of Peterborough so we are delighted that the Friends of Barnack Hills and Holes have asked to come on board and become one of the Trust's local groups, alongside our existing groups in Helpston, Castor and Ailsworth and Maxey, Etton and Glinton. We are busy talking through the details but hope to have more to say about this soon and how we can combine forces for nature and the countryside with an expanded membership, more reserves and more events!
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Sue Welch
Sue WelchFriday, January 12th, 2018 at 10:16am
Nothing like a bonfire to make Thursday work party at Swaddywell happy!!
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleFriday, January 12th, 2018 at 7:03am
This Saturday's Langdyke walk is along the Nene Washes in search of an impressive array of ducks, waders, raptors and owls and hopefully a sight of the flock of cranes - up to 27 have been seen this winter. Meet at Helpston post office at 1pm and we will fill up cars and drive from there. Well worth the effort but wrap up warm!
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Keren Thomson
Keren ThomsonSaturday, January 6th, 2018 at 12:30am
Etton/Maxey Reserve: We’re having our first work party of the year on Monday, meeting at the barn at Etton High Meadow* at 10:00 to collect tools. We’ll be working on the Etton/Maxey Reserve again to check over and repair the structures on site. There are some maintenance jobs to be done on the bridges and hides and we also need to check the fencing. Please bring pliers and hammers and heavy duty gloves. The site will be very wet so wellies or stout walking boots advisable.

*To find Etton High Meadow: From Etton go over the small bridge as you leave the village on the Etton – Maxey road. Approx 150 yds down the road there is a gated track on your right which runs down to a large barn. The gate will be open.
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Cliff Stanton
Cliff StantonFriday, January 5th, 2018 at 6:31am
On the other side of Swaddywell this afternoon. Getting ready for a bonfire.
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Sue Welch
Sue WelchFriday, January 5th, 2018 at 4:59am
Sun, wind, and rainbows at our work party at Swaddywell today
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Brian Lawrence
Brian LawrenceFriday, December 29th, 2017 at 4:55am
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Brian Lawrence
Brian LawrenceFriday, December 29th, 2017 at 4:55am
Great day at Swaddywell Pit.
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Richard Astle
Richard AstleMonday, December 25th, 2017 at 7:33pm
Feeding the sheep on 23 Decembe, I also found 50-60 orchid leaves just emerging on the north bank!
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyMonday, December 25th, 2017 at 9:48am
Merry Xmas 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄
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Mark Swingler
Mark SwinglerMonday, December 25th, 2017 at 1:57am
I wonder to what extent this effect occurs here. (Incidentally Hakai Magazine has many other interesting nature articles)
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyFriday, December 22nd, 2017 at 9:09am
How is the Etton-Maxey fishing going?
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Steve Lonsdale
Steve LonsdaleSunday, December 17th, 2017 at 3:17am
Lunchtime in Maxey today ....
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyFriday, December 15th, 2017 at 5:59am
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Sue Welch
Sue WelchThursday, December 14th, 2017 at 10:30am
Last Thursdays work party was freezing but we still managed loads of bramble and rose clearing to clear areas for the sheep
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyWednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 3:40am
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyWednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 4:55am
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyWednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 4:55am
Poor dead Wren in Etton-Maxey hide
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Kathryn Parsons
Kathryn ParsonsWednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 3:45am
Green Lane, just north of Etton, this morning (I'm delighted I now know what to call it :) !). Ice-patterns in the puddles, crystallised moss and sun-basking lichens, with fieldfares & longtail tits calling in the bushes.
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyTuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 4:54am
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyTuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 5:45am
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Nathan StimmpyTuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 5:45am
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Nathan Stimmpy
Nathan StimmpyTuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 4:54am
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Steve Lonsdale
Steve LonsdaleSunday, December 10th, 2017 at 10:37pm
Goosanders - 5 on the main lake at Maxey pits yesterday (4 male, 1 female). 10 on the pits on the northern side of Maxey High Street today (6m 4f)..
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