• May Wetland Bird Survey results

    Here we go... very cold off the press!? ... The belated May WeBS count. With 3 black-winged stilts and 3 bittern record, it was a count to remember, one that will go down in the annals of Langford WeBS history. A smattering of other waders also added to the quality of the count.

    Record shot of the stilts - Mark Dawson 

     

    P1

    P2

    P3

    Total

    Black winged stilts

    3

    3

    Black tailed godwit

    1

    1

    Ringed…

    • 7 Jun 2022
  • Car park access difficult to impossible 20th-24th May

    On-going, essential work on the pylon next to our car park, unfortunately means that access is currently unpredictable and can't be guaranteed. The powerlines are being replaced, with the old ones needing to be dropped to the ground. In recent days visitors have been turned away by the traffic management team. There is limited parking nearby and so as sad as it is, the recommendation is to avoid the reserve this weekend…

    • 20 May 2022
  • April's WeBS count

    Regular blog readers will have just recovered from the excitement of reading the March WeBS summary only to be overwhelmed with this April one. We seem to have an exotic menagerie forming with the Egyptian geese being joined by a couple of Cape shelduck...

    P1

    P2

    P3

    Total

    Gadwall

    3

    10

    26

    39

    Mallard

    10

    13

    17

    40

    Teal

    5

    21

    26

    Pochard

    3

    2

    5

    Tufted duck

    28

    27

    • 26 Apr 2022
  • March WeBS count

    Only a month overdue!!?? Here's the WeBS count from March:

    P1

    P2

    P3

    Total

    Great crested grebe

    5

    12

    10

    27

    Coot

    18

    25

    51

    94

    Tufted duck

    31

    179

    134

    344

    Teal

    4

    4

    40

    48

    Mallard

    7

    15

    6

    28

    Canada goose

    17

    15

    11

    43

    Greylag goose

    34

    22

    4

    60

    Water rail

    2

    2

    Mute swan

    2

    7

    3

    12

    Bittern

    1

    1

    Gadwall

    • 15 Apr 2022
  • February WeBS count

    The WeBS count for February was postponed by a week, due to various storms and the fact the reserve almost flooded again. The river was literally starting to poke its soggy fingers over the top of the floodbank, sneaking through the grass. Another cm and we'd have suffered the same fate as we did during 2021 and 2020. As it is, we had a very lucky escape and I imagine the wildlife in the reedbed breathed a collective…

    • 2 Mar 2022
  • Langford on the first day of spring

    The weather forecasters will tell us that it's the 1st of March and that it is the first day of spring.  Hoorah!  So what's happening at Langford Lowfields.

    We are on the lookout for summer migrants coming in and we have heard our first chiffchaff singing on the reserve.  The first avocet of the year called in and although we have seen bitterns we await the first boom of the season.  Exciting times.

     Avocet by Stuart…

    • 1 Mar 2022
  • Water, water everywhere...

    You may have noticed that it has been raining recently, as it always does at this time of year, and the River Trent is starting to creep up the floodbank and getting close to peeping over the top into the reserve.

    We're alright at the moment but that river is a fearsome sight.

     The River Trent on the right is approaching the top of flood bank (25cm from the top at time of writing), Langford Lowfields is on the left.…

    • 22 Feb 2022
  • National Grid work affecting access to our car park at Langford Lowfields

    We all love electricity but those power lines which carry the electricity need maintenance and the big pylon near our car park is next on the list.

    The line turns at ‘our’ pylon (Number 55) and this makes it a special one so National Grid contractors will be setting up a large compound around it.

       Pylon 55 at sunrise, by courtesy of the nocturnal Roger Bennett

    Work starts on 15 Feb and continues until 6 May. They…

    • 15 Feb 2022
  • January Wetland Bird Survey

    After the December WeBS count was cancelled, when the team got lost in the thick mist lying over the Trent Valley, it was a relief that the January count was accompanied by beautiful weather. Most of the team had been found again by this point and with a spring in their step they set forth to record an impressive array of species.

    (P1, P2 and P3 refer to Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 map of reserve available here https…

    • 25 Jan 2022
  • We're looking for a new Warden

    After 11 years in the job, our Warden, Jenny, moved into another role with the RSPB last November. We're now on the lookout for a new Warden, full of enthusiasm and who likes bitterns. The Warden role is a 'large' role, with a range of skills required and number of key responsibilities placed upon it. Maybe you're interested?? If so the full advert is here...

    https://app.vacancy-filler.co.uk/salescrm/Careers…

    • 14 Jan 2022
  • Happy New Year at Langford Lowfields

    The old year slips away, leaving some stunning wildlife memories at Langford Lowfields.

    Record numbers of people have been flocking in to enjoy the spectacle and to see a very varied range of birds, mammals and even some insects, as the year draws to a close.

    The usual winter birds are here in good numbers and among the big birds were 10 whooper swans and 3 pink-footed geese.  You cannot miss those and the smaller bearded…

    • 4 Jan 2022
  • Midwinter Wander at Langford Lowfields

    Winter is setting in at Langford but this is the season to be jolly because Langford has its own very special beauty and tranquillity at this time of year.

    Roe deer in winter, photo Roger Bennett

    So join us for a Midwinter Wander, get a breath of fresh air, and wander off a few mince pies and a bit of that turkey.

    Midwinter Wander at Langford Lowfields RSPB Reserve

    Saturday 8 January 2022

    1.30pm - 4.00pm

    One of our…

    • 7 Dec 2021
  • Giving frogs a home at Langford Lowfields

    We love frogs (and toads and newts) at Langford Lowfields but we love fish as well, and the fish are blossoming in our main lakes. Unfortunately, the fish like to eat the spawn and young amphibians, so we had this great idea to give the frogs a home of their own.

     

    We have had some serious machinery on site to dig out nine ponds for the amphibians to breed in. The ponds are isolated from the main reedbeds to keep the…

    • 16 Nov 2021
  • November WeBS count

    Star of the show this month was/is the great northern diver, found during the WeBS count floating around on the crystal clear waters of the Main Lake. This can be viewed from the perimeter footpath as it cuts round the southern part of the site. The bird is moving between the southern and northern halves of the lake and is living up to its name, spending long periods underwater, meaning that it can take time to spot it…

    • 9 Nov 2021
  • It’s all happening at Langford Lowfields

    This warm Autumn is producing some memorable sights at Langford Lowfields reserve and our visitors and volunteers are really enjoying the displays.

    The leaves are turning beautifully, making the place very colourful after the drab summer months and the wildlife is flocking in to enjoy it too. It’s been quiet since the end of the breeding season but it’s all happening now.

    Lots of unusual stuff has been turning…

    • 9 Nov 2021
  • October WeBS count

    We have set a new bird record for Langford, with the most ever greylag geese being recorded, 1004 of the noisy honkers were on site during the October Wetland Bird Survey, they were accompanied by 14 Egyptian geese (also a new high count for the site) and excitingly by 3 pink-footed geese, an uncommon, on-the-deck visitor to the reserve. The garganey and great white egret also stand out as exciting Langford WeBS birds…

    • 14 Oct 2021
  • The birds are on the move at Langford Lowfields

    It’s been a very hectic breeding season for all the birds at Langford Lowfields, but now it’s over and the birds have had a rest, they are starting to stretch their wings and go travelling.

    We have had lots of interesting birds dropping in over the past month and here is just a glimpse of what has been seen

    18 black tailed godwits

    13 yellow legged gulls

    9 little egrets

    4 curlew sandpipers

    3 little stint

    • 6 Oct 2021
  • September Wetland Bird Survey

    Slightly delayed, due to me being on holiday, but here are the much anticipated (!?) results from September's Wetland Bird Survey. 27 species were recorded, with a garganey being the standout bird. We also set a new WeBS record for the number of greylag geese on site, amazing news for those who love the relaxing sound of their angry honking call. Greylag numbers always seem to peak in September or October as they try and…

    • 27 Sep 2021
  • August WeBS count

    Summer is over, Autumn is here and so we're getting a good range of migrating, long-legged, mud-loving, wading birds dropping into the reserve. So far we've had black-tailed godwit (lots!), dunlin, ringed plover, green sandpiper, golden plover, greenshank, turnstone, curlew, common sandpiper, Temminck's stint, ruff, whimbrel, curlew sandpiper, little stint and sanderling... Not bad... Most of the waders drop into Phase…

    • 2 Sep 2021
  • Bittern breeding boom at Langford Lowfields

    The bitterns have done it again with another successful nest at Langford Lowfields. They first bred here in 2019 showing that our newly created reedbeds are just what they are looking for. Last year was a bit of a mystery as the reserve was closed for most of the year due to the Covid lockdown so who knows what was going on!

    Bitterns went extinct in the UK in the late 1800s and following a recovery in the mid-1900’s,…

    • 31 Aug 2021
  • The Seasonal Trail is now open for visitors - don't miss it

    If you stand at the 3600 viewing platform at Langford Lowfields reserve, you can look out over the southern part of the reserve which is normally kept for the wildlife only. This huge area is a favourite place for wild things and so they appreciate the peace and quiet during the breeding season.

    However now, most birds and other animals have had their families, and so we have opened up our seasonal trail. This is a …

    • 24 Aug 2021
  • Parking at Langford Lowfields – New Pay-by-Phone system

    Many visitors to Langford Lowfields reserve arrive by car and so our lovely car park is an important part of the visit. However, the car park and drive take a lot of maintenance. You would not believe how much roadstone we get through every year, and it all costs money.

    Your car park charges are a very valuable contribution to keeping the reserve accessible and looking good. RSPB members and Blue Badge holders park for…

    • 10 Aug 2021
  • July 2021 WeBS count

    In what is probably the fastest ever turn around in Langford WeBS history, here we have the results from the count last Sunday. As we enter the summer doldrums, butterflies and dragonflies start muscling birds out the way to take centre stage, but there is still a fair amount of avian activity around to keep people interested. With the potential of something more exciting never far away (yesterdays spoonbill for example…

    • 28 Jul 2021
  • Pay by Phone - new car park charging system

    As a bit of advance warning, at some point in July we’ll be starting to use the PaybyPhone system in our car park. We currently rely on a payment post, which has worked well, but the fact it keeps getting broken into, means that using the phone system will be a big improvement. It will also take cash handling out of the equation and will allow us to see who has paid. As before RSPB members, volunteers and Blue Badge holders…

    • 9 Jul 2021
  • Here comes the sun......

    Hoorah! It’s now officially summer, although the weather doesn’t always feel like it.

    Monday, 21 June was the summer solstice and that’s when the days are longest and the nights shortest. At the solstice we had 16 hours 55 mins of daylight at Langford and while we always think that the sun rises in the east, on that day it rose in the northeast (49o) and set in the northwest (311o).

    Well, a fortnight…

    • 6 Jul 2021