Saturday, 3 September 2016

New date for Moth morning at LLNR...

Apologies to anyone who turned up this weekend expecting to find a Mothing event.
Hopefully you enjoyed your visit in spite of the lack of moths!

The new date will be the early morning of our next Open Sunday.


Moth Morning
Sunday 18th September - 07.30 am 


Gordon will be checking the trap, counting numbers and species, 
talking moth-talk and answering questions - have yours ready!  

Refreshments will be available so that you can quench your early morning thirst and indulge in the usual goodies to sustain you for a spot of nature-watching... 

Sunday 18th September is also Open Sunday. Why not stay on and see what's about on the Reserve, and then come in to the Centre for that second cuppa? There'll be the usual opportunities to browse through the crafts and second-hand books, chat to fellow-enthusiasts, and hear about the latest developments...... 

We look forward to seeing you!


Friday, 15 July 2016

Open Sunday and other future events at LLNR

Open Sunday: 17th July
10.00am  - 4.00pm   
The usual things will be available from the Centre -
 refreshments including hot and cold drinks and cakes, second-hand bookstall, crafts.   
We are open to both permit and non-permit holders on our Open Sundays.
(The 3 hides will be open and even if you're not planning to stay, come and sign in and let us know what's about so that we can share your sightings with other visitors.)

It's butterfly-count time again - we'll be collecting records for the site. 
 There will be ID sheets available, and your help will be invaluable...
 
 
Work-party: Sunday 7th August
 
Why not come and join us on the next Work-party for a few hours?  
It's a 10.00am start (12.30ish pm finish), and we'd welcome your help 
with path-clearing and other Summer tasks. 
(Enjoy a few hours outdoors in good company - refreshments supplied.)
 
Bat evening: 31st August

Meet at the Centre at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. 
(More details/information to follow - put the date in your diaries...)
 
Moth evening/breakfast: 2nd and 3rd September 

Another mothing evening at the Centre with breakfast the following morning to see which species have been enticed into the traps overnight.
(More details/information to follow - put the date in your diaries...)


We look forward to seeing you at one or all of our events. 
Permits for the Reserve can be bought and renewed on The Parks Trust website:www.theparkstrust.com 

 
 
 
 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

'Bees For Dinner? The importance of pollinators in a changing world.'

This Wednesday, 13th April,  the Friends will be playing host to Professor Jeff Ollerton, who is coming to talk about his work and thoughts on pollinators in our changing world.
Come and enjoy a stroll on the Reserve before the doors open. Spring migration is well underway, and the dusk chorus will be a great start to an interesting evening. Hot drinks are included in the entrance  fee, and other refreshments will also be available.
(There'll be a raffle, too, so bring a little extra small change with you!)

Looking forward to seeing you.....


 

Friday, 19 February 2016

21st Feb.
Open Sunday
10:00- 16:00hrs

Join Andy Harding, County Recorder,  
for his monthly duck count. Andy is always willing to pass on help and advise on bird identification
and how to count large numbers of birds at one time.



There is open access to hides and centre.
Facilities available. Hot and cold drinks, home-made cakes.
Second hand book sales, crafts and bird food on sale.
Come and see our winter visitors.
View from the comfort of our hides and viewing gallery.
Please bring your friends and family, all welcome.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Ooops! And now for that missing date....

Thanks, all you eagle-eyed people who noticed there was no date given on yesterday's posting about Jeff Ollerton's talk in April!

Here it is:

'Bees for dinner? The importance of pollinators in a changing world.' (Prof. Jeff Ollerton)
Wednesday, 13th April, 2016. 
Starts 7.45pm.  Entry is £2.50 inc tea/coffee with other refreshments available. 
Doors open at 7.15pm. (You're welcome to come along earlier for an evening walk before Jeff's talk...)

Places will be limited, booking is advised: michelewelborn@homecall.co.uk


Michele 
 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Coming up soon at Linford Lakes: Open Sundays, Events and a Vacancy!


January's Open Sunday was one of our busiest ever.

The friendly and warm atmosphere in the Centre made up for the fresher conditions outside - many visitors called back in for another hot drink and cake, to browse through the second-hand books and crafts, and to share news about what they'd seen.
Surprisingly, said some folk, in spite of the numbers of people on the Reserve it didn't seem at all crowded, and newcomers were delighted to find 'old hands' in the hides willing to help with identification. 
This month's Open Sunday is this weekend, 21st February - why not come and join us?

It's a little way ahead yet, but we have an event in April for you to put in your diaries:  

               “Bees for dinner?  The importance of pollinators in a changing world”            

We'll be welcoming Jeff Ollerton to Linford Lakes on  Wednesday 13th April, 2016 to talk about pollinators and their place in our changing world. Jeff is Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Northampton - to find out more about the work he does visit his blog at jeffollerton.wordpress.com/about/   
Doors will open at 7.15pm. £2.50 entry includes tea or coffee, and other refreshments will be available.  
If you'd like to come along earlier and enjoy an evening walk around the Reserve it's a good time to hear the dusk chorus and catch sight of warblers and other spring returners.


 Also, we have a vacancy 

Our Secretary, Jane Grisdale, will be standing down after the AGM in May, although she'll remain on the Committee. We will soon urgently need a scribe!
Are you willing and able to contribute a little time on the third Wednesday of each month to minute-take, and also to send out occasional emails to Committee members and Friends?
If so, we'd love to hear from you.  

For more information about the Secretary's role, or to book a place at Jeff Ollerton's talk, email: michelewelborn@homecall.co.uk 

Finally, a reminder that The Parks Trust have several events coming up at LLNR at weekends. This shouldn't be a problem to Permit Holders, but the car park might be busier than usual - keep an eye on their website/facebook page for dates.

And keep an eye on our blog for future events. If you have any suggestions about anything you'd like us to organise, or relevant skills you'd like to share with Friends, let us know. 

That's all from me for now - hope to see you soon at the Reserve :)


Michele





Friday, 1 January 2016

Bird Ringing at LLNR 2015


Please find below a summary of the birds ringed during the calendar year 2015. 
Many thanks to Kenny Crammer who provided the figures for me to compile.


New Ringing Total
Re-trap Total
Blackbird
4

Retraps

4
Blackcap
20

Retraps

2
Blue Tit
60

Retraps

92
Bullfinch
14

Retraps

1
Cettis Warbler
1

Retraps

0
Chiffchaff
16

Retraps

2
Chaffinch
5

Retraps

0
Dunnock
27

Retraps

18
Garden Warbler
5

Retraps

0
Gold crest
19

Retraps

7
Goldfinch
3

Retraps

0
Great Spotted Woodpecker
2

Retraps

2
Great Tit
45

Retraps

56
Green Woodpecker
2

Retraps

0
Kingfisher
7

Retraps

1
Lesser Redpoll
5

Retraps

1
Long tailed Tit
32

Retraps

19
Magpie
1

Retraps

0
Marsh Tit
0

Retraps

1
Meadow Pipit
5

Retraps

0
Redwing
9

Retraps

0
Reed Bunting
4

Retraps

0
Reed Warbler
4

Retraps

1
Robin
18

Retraps

4
Sand Martin
6

Retraps

1
Sedge Warbler
1

Retraps

0
Siskin
16

Retraps

0
Song Thrush
10

Retraps

0
Treecreeper
7

Retraps

2
Whitethroat
1

Retraps

0
Willow Warbler
2

Retraps

0
Wren
16

Retraps

6
Totals
367
220