The magic of autumn’s vibrant colours is reflected in a host of images taken at Langdyke’s reserves during November.
This late afternoon shot shows the splendour of Swaddywell and captures the reserve in all of its glory. It was taken by Duncan Kirkwood and we have chosen it as our image of the month for November.
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 November. You can click on them to enhance your viewing.
This is another shot of Swaddywell taken by Duncan at around the same time.
We have a range of images from the month displaying the brilliance of the Autumn colours. They include this sunset scene taken along the Maxey Cut by Suzanne Cade.
And this late afternoon photo of Etton Maxey reserve captures our sheep enjoying the last of the sunshine before darkness engulfs them. It was taken by Julie Budnik-Hillier.
Once again the magic of the daily murmurations over the Etton Maxey reserve have resulted in many images being taken and posted by our members. They include these two shots. The first by Martin Browne and the second by Sarah Lambert.
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.
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.
Other photos taken at Etton Maxey during the month included this yellow wagtail seen by Steve Zealand.
And Brian Lawrencecaptured this shot of a lesser black-backed gull.
The nearby Maxey Cut was the venue for this shot of a Kingfisher by Angela Trotter.
There were some lovely flowers on display during the month.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other images captured during the month prove what a diverse range of species our reserves attract.
And finally. Just to prove that you don’t have to go outside to view nature. Sue Welchdiscovered this Brimstone Moth had been trapped in her kitchen overnight. After a quick photo it was released back into nature.
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