November in pictures

Here’s a handsome chap worthy of our image of the month award for November.

This Hebridean Ram was captured in all his glory by Sarah Lambert during a walk at Swaddywell Nature Reserve.  He is part of the Langdyke flock of sheep who work all year around to help keep our reserves in tip top condition.

He and his Hebridean ewes are currently grazing at Swaddywell.  Another large mixed flock of Jacobs, Hebridean and Soay ewes keep the grass down at Etton Maxey.

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 November.

Voles have been capturing attention during the month.  Volunteer Malcolm Holley took this image as he was out and about inspecting some special areas created to attract small mammals when he found this one at Etton Maxey. That’s Malcolm’s boot on the left – the vole is on the right!

A vole at Etton Maxey: Photo: Malcolm Holley

This bank vole was seen in the undergrowth at Swaddywell and captured on camera by Duncan Kirkwood.

A bank vole in the undergrowth at Swaddywell. Photo: Duncan Kirkwood

Field fare are a common sight at this time of the year on the reserves. Steve Zealand captured this image

A fieldfare at Etton Maxey. Photo: Steve Zealand

The colours of autumn are, of course, at their spectacular best during November. Sarah Lambert took this shot of Swaddywell.

Autumn at Swaddywell Nature Reserve. Photo: Sarah Lambert

As usual our volunteers have been out and about busy working on the reserves. At one of the Etton Maxey working parties John Parsonage was on hand to put a new owl box up into a tree alongside the Vergette wood meadow paddocks. Keren Thomson took the photo.

John Parsonage putting up an owl box on the edge of Vergette Wood Meadow at Etton. Photo: Keren Thomson

There are volunteer work parties at both Etton and Swaddywell on a weekly basis and new helpers are always welcome. See the website home page for more details here



TV personality at event

Our friends at the  Wildlife Trust have a big event in January featuring TV personality Gordon Buchanan.

The audience at the event will be treated to spell-binding stories of the natural world told by a man who has experienced danger  face to face.

Animal families and me with Gordon Buchanan is at Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts, Huntingdon on January 16 at 7pm.

Tickets are £22 (£17 for Wildlife Trust members).  You can book at




Step into the New Year

Make a resolution to step into 2020 by joining our traditional New Year’s Day walk.

This year the walk will start at Castor and – weather permitting – give you the chance to brush off the cobwebs with a walk along the River Nene to Waternewton.

The preferred route is an amble along the river bank, an easy but possibly muddy, three miles. The problem is the route, taking in the Nene and over a weir before returning,  frequently floods in winter so it may not be possible on the day.

The route of the New Year’s Day walk from Castor to Waternewton

So organiser Elaine Wakerley has another walk up her sleeve should it not be possible.

Anyone wanting to take part should meet at St Kyneburgha Church, Castor (pictured above) ready for a 1pm start.

There is parking along the roadway and at the rear of the village hall.
Clothing and footwear relevant to the conditions is suggested.