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August in pictures

We’re celebrating the final colours of the summer with our collection of images from August.

Flowers, a kingfisher, butterflies, moths and even a wasp feature in the photos taken and posted by members of our Facebook group during the month.

But we have chosen this wonderful shot of a Chalkhill Blue on a plant at the Barnack Hills and Holes reserve as our image of the month.  It was taken by Liam Boyle.

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 August.

The most unusual shot of the month was taken by Steve Lonsdale of this water vole at the Etton Maxey reserve. It was taken using a night camera.

A water vole captured on a night camera by Steve Lonsdale

It’s good news that evidence of water vole activity has been discovered at several points across the reserve.

There have been several sightings at the reserve of a roe deer.  This image was captured by Angela Trotter.

Roe deer, Etton Maxey reserve Photo: Angela Trotter

Other photos taken at Etton Maxey during the month included this yellow wagtail seen by Steve Zealand.

Yellow wagtail, Etton Maxey Photo: Steve Zealand

And Brian Lawrence captured this shot of a lesser black-backed gull.

Lesser black-backed gull, Etton Maxey. Photo: Brian Lawrence

The nearby Maxey Cut was the venue for this shot of a Kingfisher by Angela Trotter.

A kingfisher along the Maxey Cut. Photo: Angela Trotter

There were some lovely flowers on display during the month.

Harebell, Hills and Holes Photo: Sarah Lambert
Black Medick, Etton Maxey reserve Photo: Kathryn Parsons
Autumn gentian, Hills and Holes Photo: Sarah Lambert
Small scabious sed head, Hills and Holes Photo: Sarah Lambert

Moth trapping and spotting has become a popular pastime for a number of Langdyke members.  Malcolm Hillier took this photo f a Webb’s Wainscott moth while out with a group of Langdyke friends.

Webb’s Wainscott moth, Malcolm Hillier

It’s not every month that we could include a shot of something as common as a wasp.  But the great colours in this image – captured by Duncan Kirkwood – make it a striking photo.

Wasp, Swaddywell, Photo: Duncan Kirkwood

And finally, work parties have returned on Langdke’s reserves following the long Coronavirus lockdown.  Special socially distanced measure are in place with tools and equipment being cleaned and gloves worn to keep the volunteers as safe as possible.

In this image Mick Thomson can be seen tidying up the fringes of the community orchard after it was flailed by commercial contractors.

Tidying the orchard at Etton High Meadow Photo: Keren Thomson

And here’s an example of the type of work that parties undertake.  This is a new stile installed at the Swaddywell reserve by Malcolm Holley and Peter Leverington.  You can find more information about becoming a Langdyke volunteer on our website here





May in pictures

It’s official – Spring 2020 was the hottest and driest on record.

And – coupled with the Coronavirus lockdown – it has meant that our members have been out and about in nature, practising social distancing and enjoying the countryside at the same time.

It helps if you get up at the crack of dawn and an early morning visit to Etton Maxey Pits paid off for Angela Trotter who took this great shot of a Roe Deer in the distance.  We’re making it our image of the month for May.

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 May.

Everyone loves the Wren and this little thing was seen alongside the Maxey Cut by Liam Boyle.

A wren, seen alongside the Maxey Cut by Liam Boyle

It is good to see the Turtle Doves are back along the Maxey Cut and making use of the special feeding operation mounted by Langdyke volunteers at the Etton Maxey nature reserve car park.  Kevin Eldred took this shot.

The Turtle Doves are back at Etton Maxey nature reserve. Photo: Kevin Eldred

It is interesting to view our nature reserves at different times of the year.  Here are three May shots of Swaddywell, Etton Maxey and Castor Hanglands.

Swaddywell Pit in the May sunshine. Photo: Steve Zealand
Etton Maxey Puts nature reserve in May. Photo: Paul Bragg
Castor Hanglands in the Spring. Photo: Martin Parsons

The Covid-19 lockdown has meant that Langdyke has been unable to hold working parties.  One of the casualties of that is that no tern rafts were launched on to the water at Etton Maxey to attract breeding birds this year.

All the same it was good to see that this Common Tern made it’s way to the site in May and was photographed by Steve Zealand.

A Common Tern at Etton Maxey nature reserve. Photo: Steve Zealand

Other images captured during the month prove what a diverse range of species our reserves attract.

Ian Wilson captured this shot of a Skylark at Etton Maxey Pits
A Scorpion fly hiding in the undergrowth at Castor Hanglands. Photo: Ian Wilson
Reed bunting, Etton Maxey nature reserve. Photo: Martin Parsons
This Purple orchid was photographed in early May at Barnack Hills and Holes by Sarah Lambert
Orchid, photographed during a daily walk for exercise by Langdyke’s artist in residence Kathryn Parsons









A mayfly nestling in the undergrowth at Vergette Wood Meadow. Photo: Richard Astle
Grizzled skipper, Swaddywell. Photo: Brian Lawrence
Broad bodied chaser. Photo: Steve Lonsdale
Bee Orchid, Swaddywell. Photo: Steve Lonsdale

And finally. Just to prove that you don’t have to go outside to view nature.  Sue Welch discovered this Brimstone Moth had been trapped in her kitchen overnight.  After a quick photo it was released back into nature.

This Brimstone Moth was trapped overnight in Sue Welch’s kitchen. She photographed in the morning before letting it free.