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October in pictures

Here it is … with a wing span of more than eight feet this Lammergeier – commonly known as a bearded vulture – is our image of the month.

We’re breaking our own rules. Normally we only feature photos which have been taken in and around Langdyke reserves.  But we’re making an exception this month.

The bearded vulture, named Vigo, was spotted recently only a few miles away between Crowland and Spalding.

With a wing span of 2.5m (8.2ft), the bird is rarely seen in the UK and is normally found in Alpine regions. So when Sarah Lambert posted these great photos on our Facebook page we couldn’t resist making them our image of the month for October.

The Beaded Vulture on it’s stopover near Crowland Photo: Sarah Lambert

Each month we select photographs taken by our Facebook members and posted on our site. They might not be technically perfect – but they sum up the events of that month. Here are some other images from October. You can click on them to enhance your viewing.

Here’s a striking image of a fungi spotted during a walk by Brian Lawrence around Swaddywell. It is a Yellow Staghorn.

Yellow Staghorn seen at Swaddywell Pit Photo: Brian Lawrence

The autumn has brought about the usual transformation to our reserves with a host of golden colours as the trees start to shed their foliage.

And Kathryn Parsons on a trip to Torpel found even more colour by being on the spot to capture this magnicifent shot of a rainbow over Helpston.

Right place at the right time – Kathryn Parsons captured this rainbow over the Torpel site

Julie Budnik-Hillier captured this shot of a green woodpecker trying to hide away behind a tree on the Etton Maxey reserve.

A green woodpecker at Etton Maxey reserve Photo by Julie Budnik-Hillier

This splendid moth has been identified as a Merveille du Jour by Malcolm Hillier who took the photo.

Merveille du Jour moth seen at Castor Hanglands. Photo by Malcolm Hillier

As usual, it’s been a busy time on our reserves with our volunteers putting in plenty of hard graft to keep them in tip-top condition.

This is a work party at Castor Hanglands clearing scrub to allow  new growth in the Spring. The photo was taken by Mike Horne.

A work party at Castor Hanglands

At Etton Maxey our volunteers have  been putting in some back-breaking work to clear the invasive crassula weed from the water edges in the hope that the mud that’s left will attract some wading birds.

A work party tacking the invasive Crassula at Etton Maxey

Work on the reserve has been helped during the half term period by students from Stamford Endowed Schools who have cleared hawthorn and willow and crassula as part of their efforts to achieve Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme medals.

And finally, Bob Titman made a rare find – the nest of a Harvest Mouse.

This Harvest Mouse next was found at Swaddywell by Bob Titman