Just a few of the species to see on our reserves


All of these images have been taken by Langdyke members in Clare Country.  You can click on them to enlarge them

Stonechat, Etton Maxey reserve. Photo: Martin Brown

A small, dumpy chat, the stonechat is a little smaller than a robin. It has a big head and short tail. It can frequently be seen sitting on the top of gorse bushes, flicking its wings and making a call like two small stones being hit together. Stonechats inhabit heaths, bogs and conifer plantations.


Red Legged Partridge Photo: Michael Jarman

Scientific name: Alectoris rufa. The redlegged partridge is an introduced species that seems to have settled here with little problem. 

Partridge Chicks. Photo: Michael Jarman


Ian Wilson captured this shot of a Skylark at Etton Maxey Pits

The Skylark is renowned for its song flight. The male bird rises  high in to the air where it remains stationary for several minutes . All the time it is in the air the bird continuously sings its liquid warbling song.

Reed bunting

Reed bunting, Etton Maxey nature reserve. Photo: Martin Parsons

Typically found in wet vegetation but has recently spread into farmland and, in winter, into gardens. When singing the male usually perched on top of a bush, or reedReed buntings can be seen all year round.


A wren, seen alongside the Maxey Cut by Liam Boyle
A Common Tern at Etton Maxey nature reserve. Photo: Steve Zealand
Cuckoo Photo: Steve Lonsdale
Woodpecker Photo: John Parsonage
Greenfinch Photo: Martin Parsons
A goldeneye at Etton Maxey Reserve Photo: Nathan Stimpson
Bullfinch. Photo: Steve Zealand
A fieldfare at Etton Maxey. Photo: Steve Zealand
Turtle Dove Photo: Brian Lawrence
Tree sparrow, Swaddywell Pit
Chaffinch, Etton Maxey Photo: Steve Zealand
Red Kite, Castor Hanglands Photo: Steve Zealand
Yellow wagtail, Etton Maxey Photo: Steve Zealand
Lesser black-backed gull, Etton Maxey. Photo: Brian Lawrence
Little Egret Photo: Steve Lonsdale
Redwing Photo: Steve Zealand

The diminutive wren can be found in almost any habitat where there are insects to eat and bushes or rock crevices in which to build their domed nest out of moss and twigs. In fact, the wren is the most common breeding bird in in the UK















A kingfisher along the Maxey Cut. Photo: Angela Trotter
A green woodpecker at Etton Maxey reserve Photo by Julie Budnik-Hillier
Redwing Photo: Steve Zealand