They are back. And the this year’s murmuration of starlings has been incredibly spectacular.
Langdyke member Michael Jarman took this video of the birds over the Trust’s Etton Maxey nature reserve§§.
Visitors who have already witnessed the sight with around 20,000 birds say the best time to see it is between 3.45pm and 4.30pm. Places to view include the Maxey Cut, Woodgate Lane, Maxey and the Etton Maxey nature reserve.
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!
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!
The wonders of a murmuration have us all entranced as thousands of starlings fly in formation ahead of roosting.
There have been some spectacular ones recently over the Etton Maxey nature reserve.
Langdyke’s Brian Lawrence filmed this version. You can view it by clicking below.
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