Sunday, 13 September 2015

Another Successful Open Saturday

I'm happy to report that our Open Saturday on 5th September was a great success!!!

The weather was fine and dry, there were Grasshoppers and Crickets in abundance and we had willing and eager participants - even a little stridulating was noted as the afternoon warmed up! 

'Teacher' and 'Students' found 4 species of Orthoptera - add those to the 4 species that Simon found the previous day during his pre-gig reconnoitre and we now have a very decent site record as well as some satisfied customers!

Some folk with Simon in the Lab......

....and others out in the field with Sue.

So, a big thank you to Simon Bunker for your 120% input - the feedback has been terrific! 
Carol writes

'Just a quick note to say thank you for all concerned with the above event last weekend.
We spent a very enjoyable afternoon with Simon (who was very knowledgeable) and had great fun (and laughs) catching lots of specimens......I noticed that one of my photographs reminded me of the characters in ‘A Bugs Life’ and there were plenty of ‘characters’ for us to catch at the reserve and look at in detail....'

Our grateful thanks also to the rest of the Bunker family for their much needed help and valued support to run the Open Day (including baking delicious cake and making the wonderful book trolley!)

If you missed our Saturday Special this month, put the next Saturday event in your diary for October:

Saturday, 10th October
'A Bird Walk with Steph'
10.30am & 2.00pm  £1.00 per person 
 (Suitable clothing and footwear advised, and bring lunch if you'd like to stay all day...)
More info from

Brush up on your ID skills, look and listen with experienced birder Steph Kimsey, who knows the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve very well from her time working here until recently as MKCouncil Education Officer. What will there be to see? Well, Winter Wildfowl will be on the water, and there could be Siskin, Redpoll, Redwing or Fieldfare  - and who knows what else - feeding in the trees on Alder, Hawthorn......

 .....and other plentiful berries such as Guelder Rose.

The Centre will be open from 10am until 4pm if you fancy a few hours in a magical place.  Come in and browse among the 2nd hand books, buy a hot drink from the Cafe, look at our crafts and cards, purchase bird food, and enjoy the view from the picture window and gallery. We'll have scopes set up, and a limited number of binoculars available if you don't have your own....

Don't forget  -
Open Sunday 20th September 10am - 4pm, and Work Party Sunday 4th October
 Michele :)