Well done to Langdyke member Nathan Stimpson for two top sightings at Etton Maxey reserve during May.He was first to spot a rare purple heron and followed it up with this even rarer Four Spotted moth which we have chosen as our image of the month.
We have also decided to include this image of the purple heron, snatched by Mike Weedon as it flew over the reserve.Two great photos marking a great month at the reserve.
Each month we select photographs taken by our members. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from May.
This is also an unusual picture taken by Langdyke stalwart David Cowcillat the Etton Maxey reserve. It shows a bee swarm. Fortunately David was able to get in touch with a bee keeper and the swarm was saved to a hive located on one of our reserves.
And finally for this month. Here’s a great shot of a bank vole creeping around in the undergrowth at Swaddywell Nature Reserve.
An exciting new arts project has been launched to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Langdyke Countryside Trust.
The programme – called ‘Langdyke Stories’- is in partnership with Art Pop-Up and will see Kathryn Parsons become the Trust’s Artist in Residence.
Langdyke chairman Richard Astle said: “It is great to have an artist in residence working with us to mark Langdyke’s 20th anniversary and to help us to encourage more local people to appreciate the sights and sounds of the countryside.
“We look forward to working with Kathryn and Art Pop-Up to welcome a new audience to our nature reserves and hopefully to encourage them to take a keener interest in nature, the countryside and the work of Langdyke.
Supported by the Peterborough Communities Fund, Langdyke Stories, will see Kathryn undertake an artist’s residency, creating work inspired by the reserves.
Art Pop-Up will also be running a free art workshop programme taught by Kathryn, exploring the eco-printing she’s developing.
As part of the project the team behind the scheme will be publishing a beautiful anniversary book to celebrate the project.
So if you’ve got any amazing photos of Langdyke do get in touch.
Museum of Objects
Langdyke is also launching a community history project ‘The Museum of Objects’ with items brought in by local people that say something about their relationship with the nature, landscape or history of the LCT area.
Do you have something that tells a story about the Langdyke reserves or your connection to the nature we protect?We are looking for items and stories to feature in our ‘Langdyke Stories’ book, for example a beautifully worn old dog lead that demonstrates the daily countryside walks by one of our volunteers. Please do get in contact with organiser, Langdyke Trustee David Cowcill via the email address for this website: firstname.lastname@example.org
The arts strand of this year’s celebrations has a full programme of events so we do hope you will join us at some of the following events:
Free drop-in arts workshop with Kathryn Parsons
June Community workshop, date to be confirmed, please email if your community group are interested in being involved email@example.com
Sat 15- Sun 16 June at Peterborough Heritage Festival
Fri 28 June (members only) at Langdyke Summer Festival, Torpel Field
Sat 29 June at Langdyke Summer Festival (open to all), Etton-Maxey reserve
Sat July 14 at the John Clare Society Festival, Helpston Scout Hut PE6 7DU
Fri 13 September at the Langdyke anniversary gathering at Castor Church and Cedar Centre PE5 7AX
Diary date: Local artist Sue Shields will also be hosting a free drop-in art workshop at the Langdyke Summer Festival plus there’ll be lots of other nature activities and family fun, make a date in your diary now!
Interested in becoming involved in thearts programme? Please do get in contact via firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Parsons and her work
About our artist in residence, Kathryn Parsons
This is a sample of her work
Kathryn is a mixed media artist and visual story-teller. She creates intricate, intimate works that weave together tales of people, places and the natural world.
Kathryn’s work has been exhibited at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Centre for Craft & Design, Burghley House, Derby Museum and John Clare Cottage Museum. www.kathrynparsons.co.uk
About Art Pop-Up
Art Pop-Up is a non-profit arts organisation based in Stamford.
We’ve been organising art activities and engagement programmes in the region for 8 years now; from arts festivals to residencies and exhibitions, community and education projects and kids’ summer art courses, including major projects such as Once Upon a Time and the WW1 Commemoration Programme in Stamford.
We use art as an interesting and enjoyable access point to encourage wider participation and understanding. As cultural engineers, we provide unique opportunities to make and promote art and culture regionally. You can find us at fb.com/artpopup.uk if you want to know more.
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