Water, water everywhere
One thing summed up the month of February 2020 … water. And lots of it.
So that’s why we are using the image of a flooded Etton Maxey Pits Nature Reserve as our image of the month.
Each month we select photographs taken by our members. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. This month’s image was taken by David Rowell. Here are some other images from February.
The rainfall has seriously disrupted farmers and gardeners in their preparations for the year ahead. And we will have to wait and see what affect it has on nature generally.
One thing that the heavy rainfall might have improved is the chances of getting more wading birds on site at the Etton Maxey site.
This picture was taken by Brian Lawrence. It is hoped that both waders and lovers of mud will be attracted to the site in greater numbers.
More evidence of the rainfall could be seen in this image captured by Keren Thomson of the wooded area of Etton Wood Meadow. It shows more water than wood!
One of the highlights of the month was a visit by Langdyke volunteers to help with conservation work at Marholm Field Bank – the smallest reserve looked after by the Trust.
It is a little gem of a place hidden just off the A47 and is not open to the public.
Nathan Stimpson took this shot showing evidence of a woodmouse that had been chewing away on a nut at the site.
Some delighted specimens among the undergrowth were uncovered and photographed by Sarah Lambert. They included this Primrose.
This is an unusual magnified photograph by Sarah of neat feather moss.
Work parties take place across most of the Langdyke reserves and we are always looking for volunteers to help out. They usually last a couple of hours and end with a friendly chat and a cuppa. If you would like to take part please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Another work party – this time at Etton – was busy litter picking and lifted this old tree guard to uncover snails in winter hibernation. The guard was left where it was, allowing the snails to slumber on.
And finally … during a visit to Swaddywell Pit Sarah Lambert photographed these juvenile smooth newts.