June in pictures

June was the month when the Coronavirus lockdown was eased a little and many of us had the chance to get out and enjoy the countryside.

It was a month in which nature did its best to give us great displays – whether it was in the form of insects, birds or flowers.

This Silver-washed fritillary butterfly (above) was spotted by Cliff Stanton at Castor Hanglands.  We’ve chosen it as our image of the month for June.

Each month we select photographs taken by our Facebook members. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from June.

There were a number of great butterfly pictures taken at our reserves during the month.

This marbled white was spotted at Barnack Hills and Holes and photographed by Steve Lonsdale.

Marbled White, Hills and Holes Photo: Steve Lonsdale

And this Little Skipper image was captured by Paula Mason at Castor Hanglands.

Little Skipper, photographed at Castor Hanglands by Paula Mason

Meanwhile Angela Trotter took this shot of a Comma basking in the sunshine at Etton

Comma butterfly, Etton
Photo: Angela Trotter

Visitors to Etton Maxey will probably have seen one of several Brown Hares chasing across the reserve.  This one was seen and photographed by Martin Browne.

Brown Hare, Etton Maxey Pit
Photo: Martin Browne

Equally impressive was this shot of a magnificent deer taken by John Parsonage.

Deer Photo: John Parsonage

A red kite resting in a tree at Castor Hanglands caught the eye and camera of Steve Zealand.

Red Kite, Castor Hanglands Photo: Steve Zealand

There were a number of floral displays which attracted attention as well.  Here are some of them.

Southern Marsh orchid, Southorpe Meadow Photo: Mitchell Pearce
St Johns Wort, Swaddywell Pit Photo: Kevin Eldred
Mountain everlasting, Hills and Holes Photo: Chris Gardiner
Dark Mullein, Barnack Hills and Holes Photo: Sarah Lambert

Ian Wilson was out and about when he saw this Shoulder striped Wainscot moth at Swaddywell.

Shoulder-striped Wainscot photographed at Swaddywell by Ian Wilson

And finally, we couldn’t resist this photo. Steve Zealand forgot to put out food in the usual spot for his visiting hedgehog. The spiky fellow must have been put out because the next morning Steve found a gentle reminder not to forget again … in the form of some poo!





Kathryn’s art goes online

You can savour the beauty of Langdyke’s reserves as part of an online art exhibition over the next few weekends.

The Trust’s artist in residence Kathryn Parsons is holding a virtual open studio event on three Saturdays –  June 27 and  July 4 and 11.

You can view a video she has made to coincide with the first day here

Details of the events in general can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KathrynParsonsArtist/

Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn explains here how she intends to beat the lockdown restrictions by taking her Open Studio online and how you can join her ‘virtually’ this year …


At this time of year, I’m normally putting in place final preparations for the Langdyke Countryside Trust’s Open Day, followed by two weekends of Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios … obviously things are rather different this time around. 

So, rather than miss out on sharing what I’ve been doing, and all the wonderful conversations and connections that happen at these marvellous events, I’ve decided to hold a ‘Virtual Open Studio’…. it’s very exciting, particularly as it’s not something I’ve done before!  

Tern rafting: By Kathryn Parsons

Starting on Saturday June 27, I’ll be posting on social media a little differently to normal, creating a virtual open studio with photographs and video of my work, my studio and some of Langdyke’s nature reserves too. 

It’ll run for three weekends with a different theme each weekend.   


The focus for Saturday, June 27 will be my work as Langdyke’s Artist in Residence.  We’ll visit one of Langdyke’s reserves and go treasure-hunting for small details.  I’ll show you some of my latest artworks and past favourites that have been inspired by these history-rich and wildlife-abundant places.

On Saturday July 4, I hope you’ll join me for a behind-the-scenes tour of my studio!  I’ll share some of the inspiration and stories that inspire my art, as well as favourite tools and techniques.

Plans for  July 11 are still being formed, so if you have anything you’d particularly like to see please let me know!  

My virtual open studio will happen on my Facebook Page (which can be viewed even if you don’t have a Facebook account).  You’ll be able to comment and ask me questions about my work – and I’d love to hear your stories of the places and wildlife that you love. 

Please note that due to the algorithms Facebook uses, even if you’ve “Followed” my page already you’re not guaranteed to see my posts – so it’s probably also a good idea to pop back every so often to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Some of the artworks I’ll be showing you will be available for purchase, and all sales during this time will be included as part of the Artist Support Pledge.  This is a wonderful artist-led response to the pandemic and the difficulties that many artists and makers are currently facing (with most of our exhibitions, fairs and teaching cancelled).  The idea is that artists offer their work for purchase, and every time they reach £1000 of sales they pledge to spend £200 on another artist’s work.  It’s a beautiful idea, and means the generosity of the people buying the artwork spreads and is shared with others…. the love and generosity keeps flowing.

I very much hope you’ll be able to join me at my Virtual Open Studio- it’ll be great to see you there!

Trust boss is next speaker

Langdyke’s online conversations are growing in popularity – giving supporters the chance to hear the view of leading figures from the comfort of their own home.

Our next guest is Brian Eversham, chief executive of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

He will be online from 5pm on Wednesday, July 1.  To join the conversation all you have to do is click on the link at the bottom of this story.

His conversation with us is the latest in a series which have included Gardener’s World presenter and Langdyke patron Adam Frost, wildlife artist and John Clare expert Carry Akroyd and birder and nature journalist Josh Jones.

Brian heads up an organisation caring for more than 100 nature reserves, covering more than 4000 hectares, and carrying out important conservation work across ancient landscapes.

He was among the speakers  at Langdyke’s 20th anniversary annual meeting,

To join a conversation with Brian Eversham click here or copy and paste this link into your browser https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87849623621?pwd=TGpoTEU2Slliem01cWRlWm1sM1VvQT09.  

The conversation will be using the Zoom conferencing platform.  You do not need to download any software.  Please note the link will not work until 5pm on July 1.

Journalist is next guest

A wildlife journalist who lives locally is the next online speaker lined up by Langdyke.

Josh Jones  (pictured, below) will be our guest on Wednesday, June 17 at 5pm – chatting to members and answering questions via the Zoom online conferencing system.

Josh is best known for his regular contributions to BirdGuides.com, including the long-standing Review of the Week column.

He also writes the monthly reports section for Birdwatch magazine, as well as contributing regular features, with topics ranging from in-depth bird identification to travel.

You can see  a few examples of his work on the BirdGuides.com website or visit his personal website http://www.joshrjones.com where there are a number of articles together with his wildlife photography.

The main picture of a rough-legged buzzard flying over Deeping High Bank  was taken by Josh

He also blogs  on wildlife at  http://www.joshrjones.com/blog

To join the sessions all you have to do is click on the link below.  You do not need to add any new software to your computer.

This is the link to join the Zoom online conversation with Josh

The session will not be open until 5pm on the day so please do not try logging on before then.