• Wetland Bird Count - November

    So... the November WeBS count was delayed due to the River Trent deciding to come over the top of the flood bank and pour onto the reserve. This isn't ideal and meant the reserve had to be closed. Our water levels on site are now currently about 2m above our normal winter target and everything is looking a bit damp. We are now just waiting for the river to drop a bit so water can flow out through the sluice.

    The reserve…

    • 2 Dec 2019
  • Trails closed

    Due to very high water levels some of the trails at Langford are now closed, as well as the bridge, boardwalk and dipping platform. The viewing platform can still be accessed via the diverted trail and the Beach Hut is still open when manned.  

    • 12 Nov 2019
  • October's Wetland Bird Survey

    I mentioned this in the previous blog, but water levels are high on the reserve at the moment and set to get higher, with us having no way of getting rid of the excess water. It is likely that we'll have to close the boardwalk and potentially other sections of the trail if they get too wet, over the next few days. We're also keeping a close eye on the river, with there being a flood warning in place. I would recommend…

    • 29 Oct 2019
  • Lots of water!

    There is a lot of water on the reserve at the moment, with levels being at their highest ever (apart from in a flood year). Part of the Seasonal Trail is under water and so this has now been closed off. Part of the boardwalk is also submerged and although we've not closed it yet, we are keeping a close eye on the situation. Water levels will continue to rise as more water is over-spilling from Slough Dyke, leaking into…

    • 28 Oct 2019
  • Harrier Haven

    Amazingly in the space of a week, 3 species of harrier were recorded at Langford. With a marsh harrier on site on an almost daily basis for the past few weeks, a hen harrier reported on both 10th and 20th October and most amazing of all a pallid harrier on 12th October. Only the second ever record for Nottinghamshire and quite possibly the rarest bird ever seen at Langford. Sadly the pallid harrier only stuck around for…

    • 27 Oct 2019
  • Breeding bittern!

    This is very exciting news...

    For the first time, bitterns bred at Langford Lowfields this year! This is a historic moment in the story of the site and is an excellent seal of approval, that all the work we're doing to help this rare reedbed-loving species is working. Three male bitterns could be heard loudly booming this year, with the sound carrying as far as the public car park, almost 1km away. One of these 'boomers…

    • 9 Oct 2019
  • Wetland Bird Survey - September 2019

    There is a lot of water on the reserve at the moment, all the rain combined with loads of water in the River Trent has meant that water levels went up by 2 foot in the course of a fortnight. This has meant that a lot of the muddy areas on site, which had been luring in a good selection of wading birds were and still are submerged. There have still been some 'good' birds about recently though, including marsh harrier, great…

    • 9 Oct 2019
  • Autumn approaches...

    The breeding season is now well and truly over at Langford and it feels like autumn is approaching. The first migrants are starting to come through the site, with a good list of waders making use of the site to stop and feed on their long journeys. Common and green sandpiper have been seen regularly, as have greenshank, curlew, whimbrel, ringed plover and little ringed plover. We even had a record total of 5 wood san…

    • 12 Sep 2019
  • Wetland Bird Survey - August 2019

    Most of the bird life on the reserve at the moment is congregating on Phase 3 and viewable from the perimeter footpath. Parts of the area can also be seen from the new seasonal trail that was opened on Monday. The trail will be open until the winter, when it'll be closed off to give the flocks of wintering wildfowl the space and lack of disturbance that they require. The trail is a there-and-back-again walk, finishing…

    • 21 Aug 2019
  • July 2019 - Wetland Bird Survey

    The results are in from July's WeBS count:

    Avocet

    4

    Black headed gull

    122

    Canada goose

    43

    Coot

    242

    Common tern

    8

    Cormorant

    7

    Great crested grebe

    11

    Grey heron

    1

    Greylag goose

    68

    Lapwing

    49

    Little egret

    11

    Mallard

    117

    Moorhen

    7

    Mute swan

    34

    Pochard

    32

    Tufted duck

    119

    Green sandpiper

    2

    Gadwall

    • 22 Jul 2019
  • Wetland Bird counts for June

    Our monthly WeBS counts give us a good idea, albeit a snapshot, of what species are on the reserve and how many of them there are. The recent heavy rainfalls have brought up water levels in the River Trent and on the reserve too, this has potentially impacted on the number of individuals of some species recorded, avocets being a good example (down from 34 birds last month). 29 different species were recorded though with…

    • 24 Jun 2019
  • Wetland Bird counts for May 2019

    Here they are! The WeBS count totals for May. Lots of good birds on site, including a record (for Langford) count of 34 avocets! If you're lucky you might even be able to see a couple of youngsters on the silt lagoon as you stroll up the pubic footpath towards the Beach Hut. It's getting a bit late in the season but the bittern north of the floating bridge is still booming sporadically, hobbies are being seen daily (11…

    • 11 Jun 2019
  • Wader fest and more....

    There has been a complete wader fest at Langford over the last few weeks, with some excellent sightings including only a second ever for the site.

    To begin with, there have been good numbers of some more common species including 5 bar-tailed godwits, 25 ringed plovers - a species that sometimes breeds at Langford, 34 avocets and a whopping 184 dunlin. The counts of ringed plover, avocet and dunlin are records for the…

    • 14 May 2019
  • Wetland Bird Survey - April 2019

    The WeBS count records for April are....

    Canada goose

    35

    Greylag goose

    53

    Pink footed goose

    1

    Mute swan

    14

    Cormorant

    14

    Grey heron

    3

    Little egret

    4

    Great crested grebe

    23

    Little grebe

    2

    Coot

    72

    Moorhen

    7

    Shelduck

    5

    Mallard

    43

    Pochard

    3

    Gadwall

    53

    Tufted duck

    107

    Shoveler

    6

    Teal

    13

    Avocet

    33

    Snipe

    1

    • 1 May 2019
  • Today's guided walk sightings

    We hosted a guided walk today for the Notts Birders. The weather was beautiful and we saw over 60 species of birds, including all 10 of the warbler species that breed here, a good range of wading birds and some nice unexpected migrants too. Dunlin and bar-tailed godwit were also reported this morning but we didn't see either of them:

    Great crested grebe

    Cormorant

    Bittern

    Little egret

    Grey heron

    Mute swan

    Whooper …

    • 23 Apr 2019
  • Spring migrants update....

    More spring migrants are coming onto site now as the days lengthen and (hopefully!) get warmer. Over the weekend we have had the first lesser whitethroat and sedge warbler. Listen out for lesser whitethroat singing with their distinctive 'trill' sound from deep inside bushes alongside the main track to the Beach Hut. They are often skulking little birds, so you will more likely hear them than see them. Sedge warblers…

    • 16 Apr 2019
  • Langford's Latest News....

    Spring is well on it's way here at Langford, with quite a few of our spring migrants having now made an appearance on site. Sand martins have been seen on site for a couple of weeks now, but have been recently joined by the other two hirundine species, swallow and house martin.

    Both yellow and white wagtails have been seen in the last few days. Watch out for white wagtails in flocks with yellows and occasionally we…

    • 9 Apr 2019
  • March Wetland Bird Counts

    After much anticipation, here are the WeBS count totals for March:

    Green sandpiper

    2

    Snipe 

    2

    Avocet 

    10

    Black headed gull

    335

    Common gull

    10

    Herring gull

    7

    Lesser black backed gull

    3

    Greater black backed gull

    3

    Canada goose

    47

    Greylag goose

    10

    Coot

    98

    Gadwall

    13

    Great crested grebe

    11

    Lapwing

    5

    Little grebe

    2

    M…

    • 4 Apr 2019
  • Latest news...

    It's been another good couple of week at Langford, with some nice wildlife sightings and the first of the returning summer migrants.

    Sand martins are often the first to come back to Langford and several have been seen feeding over the reserve in the last week. A couple of weeks ago, we prepared the face of the sand martin nesting bank, getting it ready for the returning birds - fingers crossed for them nesting in…

    • 26 Mar 2019
  • First Signs of Spring

    It feels like winter has returned a bit in the last few days out on site, however the signs of spring have been apparent both during the warm weather and now.

    There's nothing better than a singing skylark on a warm late winter day and they have been in full voice recently, one rose up singing yesterday afternoon even in the howling wind, as soon as the rain stopped! Several other species of bird have been heard singing…

    • 8 Mar 2019
  • February 2019 WeBS count

    Skylarks are singing, great-crested grebes are weed dancing, colts’ foot is in flower and brimstone, comma, red admiral and peacock butterflies are on the wing... spring is springing!

    The February WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey) count served up another generous helping of wetland delights. Last year our dedicated WeBS volunteers were trudging through a cold, windy, Antarctic-like landscape, this year was totally different…

    • 25 Feb 2019
  • WeBS count for Jan 2019

    Another good selection of wintry birds were picked up on the January WeBS. Including the earliest avocet ever recorded in Notts, Caspian gull, 2 great-white egrets and 21 whooper swans:

    Tufted duck

    181

    Mallard

    79

    Teal

    124

    Moorhen

    8

    Black headed gull

    408

    Redshank

    1

    Little grebe

    3

    Mute swan

    38

    Grey heron

    8

    Snipe

    4

    Wigeon

    111

    Cormorant

    • 4 Feb 2019
  • Langofrd WeBS count - December 2018

    Drum roll....... Here are the results from the December WeBS count at Langford:

    Black headed gull

    152

    Canada goose

    35

    Coot

    56

    Cormorant

    31

    Gadwall

    68

    Goldeneye

    10

    Great crested grebe 

    2

    Grey heron

    5

    Greylag goose

    30

    Kingfisher 

    1

    Little egret

    2

    Little grebe 

    3

    Mallard

    58

    Moorhen

    6

    Mute swan

    34

    Pochard

    21

    Shoveller

    14

    • 18 Dec 2018
  • All the great things

    We had a great guided walk at Langford on Sunday afternoon, taking in the quiet off-limit parts of the site, an amazing sunset and some good wildlife too, including a great white egret. A green sandpiper, bullfinch, stonechats, reed bunting, Cetti's warbler and water rails also put in an appearance, alongside the increasing numbers of wintering wildfowl, with teal and wigeon being the highlights. A sparrowhawk was seen…

    • 26 Nov 2018
  • Guided Walk (25th November) and November's WeBS count results

    Just to remind you all that there is a guided walk happening at Langford Lowfields on Sunday 25th November. It starts at 2pm and will last a couple of hours. Prices are £10 non-RSPB members, £8 RSPB members and then half price for children. We'll be meeting in the Langford Lowfields car park, before heading out onto the reserve to see what wintry wildlife we can find. The walk will be going into the non-public part of…

    • 19 Nov 2018