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Bats, newts, nightingales

An event that was so popular last year is being repeated again – but with an added extra.

A night time walk around Castor Hanglands last summer was organised to hear the Nightingale sing – with the chance also to spot newts as well using powerful torches.

It proved to be a great night with a number of opportunities to hear the distinctive sound of the birds.

This year the event is being held again – with the chance to also study bats

The Langdyke team are planning to use special equipment to help identify the whereabouts of the bats.

The event is being held on Thursday, May 16, starting at 7.30pm.

Your guides on the walk will be Mike Horne and Richard Astle who will be taking walkers to various spots to hear the fabulous sounds of the nightingales.

If you would like to attend you should meet at the north west entrance to the Hanglands opposite Southey Woods car park on the Langley Bush Road out of Helpston.

It’s a good idea to make sure you are wearing the appropriate clothing for the evening depending on the weather.  You are also advised to bring a torch.

Two big birthday events

Plans for Langdyke’s 20th birthday celebrations later this year are progressing well.

The celebration programme includes a series of events designed to appeal to anyone who has an interest in the countryside around where they live.

And many of the happenings are aimed directly at giving the whole family a chance to enjoy time together in the countryside.

The highlight of the programme is a 20th anniversary weekend of events over the weekend of Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29.

We will be celebrating twenty years of positive local action for nature and heritage at our reserves and in the countryside surrounding them.

On the Friday our celebrations will centre around an evening festival at Torpel Manor Field on the outskirts of Helpston.

Between 6 and 9pm there will be music, poetry and nature and art workshops.  You are encouraged to bring your own picnic and enjoy a summer’s evening (weather permitting!) on a very special site.  The event is free to members with a small charge for non-members.

On the Saturday the fun moves to the Etton Maxey Pits Nature Reserve where between 2pm and 5pm there will be a variety of family events including pond-dipping, bug hunting, art workshops and nature trails. It’s free to members and all children.

More details will be announced soon, so keep watching this site.

What is Langdyke about?

Some observers have commented that Langdyke is an organisation just for bird watchers.  Not so.

The reserves it maintains and events it promotes for members – and non-members – gives everyone the chance to engage with nature in whatever form they want.

Whether it’s a family walk in the countryside, a summer picnic with wildlife, a chance to explore nature close up or the opportunity to burn off some of those calories by joining a countryside working party – there is something on offer for everyone.

Founded in 1999, Langdyke now manages seven nature reserves – a total of 180 acres of land – has more than 300 household members and even its own flock of sheep.

It is a purely voluntary organisation committed to making a difference to the countryside around us all.

Trust chairman Richard Astle, who lives in Helpston, wrote in the recent annual report: “We want to live in an area where nature is at the heart of our lives. Where swifts and swallows are a central feature of our summer evenings, where otters continue to enthral people as they play in the Maxey Cut, where bees and other insects thrive, not decline, and where there are far more, not less, ponds, meadows, wild flowers, hedgerows and trees.”

Although the organisation’s membership is thriving there is always room for more.  Anyone interested in joining can make contact through this website or the Langdyke Facebook page.

There is also the chance to get your hands dirty and make direct contact with nature by joining one of the working parties which meet weekly at Swaddywell and fortnightly at the Etton/Maxey reserves. They involve helping with a variety of tasks (the work isn’t back-breaking), making new friends and having a chat over a cuppa with like-minded people. There are also working events at Castor Hanglands and Barnack Hills and Holes.

You can usually find details of forthcoming working parties on the Langdyke Countryside Trust Facebook page.

Image of the month

This is our March image – featuring a Bank Vole pictured pinching a few scraps from under a bird feeder at the Swaddywell Pits reserve.  It was taken by Duncan Kirkwood and uploaded to the Langdyke group facebook page.

Each month we select a photograph taken by one of our members. It might not be technically perfect – but it sums up the events of that month. Here are some from previous months.

February

This is our February image – capturing a bird rarely seen in Langdyke country.  This Coue’s Arctic Redpoll was seen at  Swaddywell on  February 2.  It was photographed by Sarah Lambert. This is only the second sighting in Peterborough of this small bird, which winters in very small numbers in this country.

Coue’s Arctic Redpoll

 

January

Its was cold, but it didn’t stop everyone having fun at a wassail event held at Etton High Meadow. Visitors banged pots and pans and enjoyed music by Alan Wood and friends. The aim was to wake up the sleeping fruit trees in the community orchard so that they will be full of fruit in the summer. Langdyke Treasurer and Trustee Brian Lawrence took the photo.

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December 2018

The red berries which the Dunnock is perched on bring a seasonal touch to our December image captured at Swaddywell Pit by Andy Smith.  During his walk he reported seeing a green woodpecker, redwing, fieldfare, tree sparrows, goldfinch, red kite, kestrel, assorted tits and a pair of male bullfinches. A good day out!

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November 2018

Here is the image for November.  It is a spectacular view of the murmuration over one of the bird hides at the Etton Maxey reserve.  It was taken by Bob Titman.

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October 2018

This is the October image – just one of the finds at a small mammal survey carried our at the Vergette Wood-Meadow at Etton.  It was taken by Martin Parsons. Continue reading Image of the month