It’s been a battle of the Emperors to find the best photographs taken by members and uploaded to our Facebook site during July … to be precise the emperor dragonfly species.
We have two great shots of the dragonfly – or blue emperor as it is known – taken near the pond at Swaddywell Pit nature reserve.
The first was taken by Steve Zealand.
Days later Duncan Kirkwoodcaptured this image at virtually the same spot.
Our image of the month for July (top) is of a juvenile Grasshopper perched on a Crested cow-wheat at Castor Hanglands. It was taken by Sarah Lambert.
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 July.
During a special visit to Marholm Field Bank – the latest reserve that Langdyke has ‘adopted’ for a bit of love and attention Kathryn Parsons photographed this rare Green Hairstreak caterpillar.
And July wouldn’t be July without signs of a glowworm. They can be found in a large number of places, but one of the spots to definitely see them is Barnack Hills and Holes. This picture was taken by Michael Jarman.
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 Jarmanfor 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 Zealandwas out at Etton-Maxey to capture the splendour of the summer solstice with this image.
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.
An early morning walk at Etton-Maxey resulted in Angela Trotterspotting boxing hares. She didn’t manage to capture a photo – but this is one of the combatants.
Here’s a wonderful picture of nature at work. Taken by Liam Boyleat Swaddywell
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.
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!
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.
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