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June in pictures

It’s been a fabulous month for nature across all of our reserves and this photo focus is a tribute to the skills of our members and Facebook friends.

Our image of the month for June hasn’t been taken by a member this time – it was snapped by Langdyke’s recently purchased trail camera.

It can be left positioned out to capture nature in all its glory.  And on this occasion  it was left near the pond at Swaddywell when this hare emerged after a refreshing dip.

The camera never stays in the same place for long.  So keep watching for more fabulous shots in future months. Thanks to Michael Jarman for the image.

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 June.

Steve Zealand was out at Etton-Maxey to capture the splendour of the summer solstice with this image.

Summer Solstice evening at Etton Maxey Photo: Steve Zealand

 

 

You can rely on Langdyke trustee and treasurer Brian Lawrence – a keen photographer – for some great images.  Here he has captured  a bee orchid and also just one of the hundreds – if not thousands – of pyramidal orchids at Etton-Maxey.

One of the hundreds – possibly thousands – of Pyramidal orchids at Etton-Maxey
A bee orchid at Etton-Maxey: Photo Brian Lawrence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An early morning walk at Etton-Maxey resulted in Angela Trotter spotting boxing hares.  She didn’t manage to capture a photo – but this is one of the combatants.

Hare – Etton-Maxey: Photo: Angela Trotter

 

 

Here’s a wonderful picture of nature at work. Taken by Liam Boyle at Swaddywell

An amazing image from Swaddywell Photo: Liam Boyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer means a haircut for the Langdyke flock of sheep.  This year it took place in early June after  the sheep had been rounded up from all the reserves and taken to Etton-Maxey. Most of them enjoyed the day – with the exception of a handful who refused to  play ball when Richard Astle, Mick Beeson and helpers tried to round them up.  They were sheared a few days later.

Sheep shearing time for the Langdyke flock Photo: Richard Astle
The sheep shearing team in action. Photo: Kathryn Parsons

 

 

 

 

And finally … come rain or shine the Langdyke teams of volunteers carry on the good work keeping the reserves in tip top condition.  Early June was noted for the rain.  Despite that the work carried on at Swaddywell as this photo by Sue Welch shows.
Ladies and gents – we salute you!

It’s wet – but the volunteers carry on with their work at Swaddywell regardless. Photo: Sue Welch

May in pictures

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 Cowcill at 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.

Bee swarm at Etton Maxey: Photo by David Cowcill

And finally for this month.  Here’s a great shot of a bank vole creeping around in the undergrowth at Swaddywell Nature Reserve.

Bank vole, photographed at Swaddywell Nature Reserve by Duncan Kirkwood