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August in pictures

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.

A water vole captured on a night camera by Steve Lonsdale

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.

Roe deer, Etton Maxey reserve Photo: Angela Trotter

Other photos taken at Etton Maxey during the month included this yellow wagtail seen by Steve Zealand.

Yellow wagtail, Etton Maxey Photo: Steve Zealand

And Brian Lawrence captured this shot of a lesser black-backed gull.

Lesser black-backed gull, Etton Maxey. Photo: Brian Lawrence

The nearby Maxey Cut was the venue for this shot of a Kingfisher by Angela Trotter.

A kingfisher along the Maxey Cut. Photo: Angela Trotter

There were some lovely flowers on display during the month.

Harebell, Hills and Holes Photo: Sarah Lambert
Black Medick, Etton Maxey reserve Photo: Kathryn Parsons
Autumn gentian, Hills and Holes Photo: Sarah Lambert
Small scabious sed head, Hills and Holes Photo: Sarah Lambert

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.

Webb’s Wainscott moth, Malcolm Hillier

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.

Wasp, Swaddywell, Photo: Duncan Kirkwood

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.

Tidying the orchard at Etton High Meadow Photo: Keren Thomson

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 gets helping hand

Etton Maxey, July 2020 Photo: Brian Lawrence

Work has started on flailing the meadows at a number of Langdyke’s reserves to ensure we maintain a wide spectrum of outcomes for nature.

Although to some the work looks heavy-handed, the maintenance is crucial if we are to maintain the areas for future seasons.

Tractors have been out and about in recent days on many of our meadow areas.  Although they are grazed for many months by the Langdyke sheep they still need some extra heavy attention from time to time.

In a post on Facebook, responding to minor criticism of the timing of the flailing and its impact on Skylark nests, ecological consultant and botanist Sarah Lambert said: “The grass cutting looks damaging at first sight but if you continually cut grass late in the year it becomes dominated by rank species and you lose many of the smaller wildflowers including orchids.

“Many of the road verges round Peterborough have lost a lot of their botanical interest because they are regularly cut in September, even though the cuttings are removed.

“Cutting part of a site early helps to maintain botanical diversity, while leaving areas of untouched grassland for invertebrates and nesting birds. Interestingly, some of the best sites I know for skylark are hay meadows normally cut in June. Skylarks nest on the ground, in vegetation which is 20–50 cm high. This vegetation must be open enough to give the birds easy access to the ground. As long as no cutting takes place between early April and end of May, skylark populations shouldn’t be impacted (RSPB) and in future years the sward should be more suitable for nesting.”

Trustee Brian Lawrence has been out and about at the Etton Maxey reserve to capture photographic evidence of the result of the actions.

Etton Maxey, July 2020 Photo: Brian Lawrence
This area has been ploughed by David Cowcill to encourage wild flowers at, Etton Maxey, July 2020 Photo: Brian Lawrence
Plenty of visitors to Etton Maxey. July 2020 Photo: Brian Lawrence