Yesterday I did my first day’s volunteering at Langford Lowfields. This developing site is probably the closest large reserve to the Grantham/Newark/Gainsborough/Lincoln area, situated a mile or two outside the Lincs. border near Collingham. A great variety of birds, invertebrates, plants and mammals can be found.
The ‘beach hut’ visitor reception is the original visitor centre building from Bempton cliffs (c. early eighties), a good bit of recycling there by the rspb.
Upon arrival one of my first encounters was a spotted flycatcher, in the car park.
Two peregrines flew low over the hut, then circled high over the reserve. I knew it would only be a matter of time before a hobby put in an appearance and one gave great views mid afternoon, hawking dragonflies.
A grasshopper warbler reeled away in a scrubby area. Other birds included swifts, hirundines, geese, swans, ducks, grey partridge, nesting terns, lapwings, oystercatchers, three little egrets, warblers, buzzard, kestrel etc.
A fox forced some birds to take flight.
Make a visit if you havn’t already, its a lovely place, you could even look for the (very) elusive resident bittern.
I will put up regular sightings updates on here.
On the way home I called in at Marston, its all been a bit samey just lately, though it was good to see the first juv. yellow wagtails in the potato fields. Cuckoo and cetti’s warblers still vocal. Turtle doves have been seen regularly in the village, but as yet I’ve not seen one on the main site.