• Wildlife news and more of the Visitor Trail now open

    Even more of the reserve is now open with the full loop around the outside of Phase 1 now accessible. A lot of flood debris (litter and vegetation) had to be cleared up, but it's been a relief to allow people back onto the Visitor Trail. The Floating Bridge is going to be moved back into position this week, but opening will be delayed until repairs are carried out on it and on the Boardwalk. The handrails need replacing…

  • Langford Lowfields is now open!!!!

    After a closure lasting 6 frustrating months, Langford Lowfields is now (partially) open! The lower lying sections of the Visitor Trail are still underwater and so currently it is only the new route between The Beach Hut and Corfe Castle (the 360 Viewing Area), that can be accessed, however this takes you out into the middle of the reserve, past the booming Bittern, the display of Cowslips and may well give you good views…

  • Wetland Bird Survey Report April 2024

    The reserve is still closed... however there is light at the end of the watery tunnel and we have a tentative target of opening w/c 22nd April (to be confirmed). If this happens it'll just be a there-and-back-again walk to the 360 viewing area, but this is a good start and will allow people back into the heart of the reserve. The lower lying sections of the Visitor Trail are still currently welly-depth under water and…

  • Wetland Bird Survey Report for March 2024

    After our four severe flood events in October, December, January and February, I had hoped that by now we would be entering a vaguely drier period... sadly this isn't the case and our water levels are slowly creeping up about 10cm a day, meaning we now have a metre more water than we'd like to have at this time of year. Long sections of the Visitor Trail are still underwater and we are still closed to the public. I'd like…

  • Wetland Bird Survey Report for February 2024

    We are still flooded! The fourth time this winter. This current, on-going event is not as dramatic as the previous 3 inundations, but water is spilling in from Slough Dyke (which follows our western boundary) and water levels are now about a metre above where we'd ideally have them at this time of year. It means that sections of the Visitor Trail are still submerged and so we remain closed, as we have been since last…

  • Wetland Bird Survey report for January 2024

    Unfortunately we are still closed due to on-going flooding... The reserve has been closed for almost 3 months now! With water levels never dropping low enough during that period to allow us to  re-open. We're slowly getting back to a state that we would consider 'normal' for this time of year, but the threat of more flooding between now and the end of the winter is ever-present and with deep water still on the Visitor…

  • A Happy (and a very wet!!) New Year

    Unfortunately the reserve is still closed due to the on-going flooding situation! Since we first filled up with water following Storm Babet last October, we've just not been able to shift it off site and in fact just last night levels were topped right back up again by the very generous River Trent. Re-opening date is unknown, but at this rate it might not be until the Spring! Levels have gone up and down since October…

  • Closed until the New Year!

    Unfortunately just as we'd managed to shift all the water from Storm Babet off the reserve, we were topped up a couple of days later by water belonging to Storm Elin and Fergus, very generous of them. This has been exacerbated by the fact that the river has found a way around the flood bank and so it is currently taking lower river levels than normal to cause severe flooding on site. We're currently full to capacity with…

  • The Great Flood of 2023

    Please note that the reserve is still closed due to the on-going flooding situation, however the public car park and the public footpath that follows the outer perimeter of the site are open.

    A version of this blog has been posted on the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group blog, but I thought it'd be nice to publish it here too:

    Following a day and a half of heavy rain linked to Storm Babet, the River Trent…

  • Wetland Bird Survey November 2023

    Please note that the reserve is still closed due to the on-going flooding situation. The public car park and the public footpath that follows the outer perimeter of the site are open but it may well be the case that not all the birds counted on WeBS are viewable.

    After the October WeBS count was cancelled due to the flooding, the regular honker and quacker counters were released from their cages on Sunday eager for some…

  • Langford Lowfields art

    The brilliant Michael Warren has an exhibition this weekend in Collingham, with Langford Lowfields featuring heavily in his wonderful artwork:

  • On-going flooding situation

    We lost access to the blog for a little while, but we're back in action again...

    Headline news is that we're still flooded following Storm Babet and the reserve is still closed to the public. At the peak of the flooding, water levels were about 4 metres higher than normal winter levels and the reserve essentially became a colder version of the Mediterranean, with lots of water, a glossy ibis and up to 4 cattle egrets…

  • Wetland Bird Survey - September 2023

    Trudging through the fairly grim early morning, the Langford WeBS Warriors tested their counting skills once again, accumulating an impressive haul of species, including the first black tern seen on a WeBS count and a record number of ringed plovers...

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    P2

    P3

    Total

    Canada goose

    28

    1

    29

    Greylag goose

    280

    12

    292

    Coot

    3

    6

    83

    92

    Cormorant

    3

    7

    10

    Great crested …

  • Wetland Bird Survey count - August 2023

    August is often the quietest months for birds at Langford, with most either recovering from the rigours of the breeding season, skulking away whilst moulting, or starting to pack up their bags preparing to head southwards for the winter, following the sunshine:

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    P2

    P3

    Total

    Lapwing

    53

    1

    54

    Little egret

    2

    10

    12

    24

    Mallard

    22

    15

    99

    136

    Moorhen

    4

    3

    7

    Mute sw…

  • DPD project update and Visitor Trail partial closure

    Earlier this year we received a very generous donation from parcel delivery company DPD towards our habitat management work at Langford... https://www.dpd.co.uk/content/about_dpd/press_centre/dpd-supports-rspb-with-wetlands-restoration-project.jsp

    This donation covers the cost of replacing three of the sluices on site, these are crucial water control structures, which allow us to both move water between the different…

  • WeBS count - July 2023

    If you love coots and mute swans, then Langford is place to be right now! as highlighted by the July WeBS count...

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    P2

    P3

    Total

    Black headed gull

    21

    9

    10

    40

    Common tern

    2

    3

    5

    Lapwing

    7

    6

    13

    Grey heron

    1

    1

    6

    8

    Little egret

    1

    3

    9

    13

    Moorhen 

    2

    3

    5

    Coot 

    4

    14

    154

    172

    Great crested grebe

    7

    11

    5

    23

    Mallard

    22

    66

  • Wetland bird survey June 2023

    Another month gone, another WeBS count completed. A smattering of waders, a confused wigeon, the ubiquitous great white egret, good numbers of great crested grebes and a lone bittern who broke cover at the right moment, were some of the highlights. There are a lot of swans on site at the moment, mainly on Phase 3, along with increasing numbers of geese. The geese are doing their best to eat all the reed on Phase 2, this…

  • The big celebration!

    Ownership of the 120ha of land on which Langford Lowfields sits, transferred across from Tarmac and Trinity College (Cambridge) back in February https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-64919469 ... to celebrate this important moment we held an event at Langford last week on 22nd June.

    The day was a great success, with thunder storms avoided and the sun shining down upon us. Bee orchids were seen in flower…

  • Wetland Bird Survey May (and April!) 2023

    We're now in the midst of the breeding season, with bitterns all over the place, swarms of sand martins swooping overhead and common terns plunging into the water for fish. The wildflowers are in bloom with swaths of ox-eye daisies and clumps of ragged robin providing a splash of colour. 

    May's WeBS count was carried out at the weekend, providing a snapshot of what's about at the moment. 4 bitterns is the highest number…

  • Wetland Bird Survey - March 2023

    Firstly, here's a nice article about the recent land transfer that went up on the BBC website recently: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-64919469

    Secondly, this month's WeBS count recorded the highest number to date of shoveler on site - 108, the previous highest WeBS count was 82 back in April 2021. We must be providing a good selection of tasty water snails and larvae to have lured in so many…

  • A Momentous Milestone

    Langford Lowfields, reached a momentous milestone last month, when ownership of 120ha of land including reedbed, woodland, grassland and scrub, transferred from sustainable building materials and construction solutions business Tarmac and also from Trinity College, Cambridge, to the RSPB.

    There has been a long build up to this historic moment, with the RSPB having worked in partnership with Tarmac at Langford Quarry since…

  • Wetland Bird Survey - February 2023

    Probably due to the milder weather, it feels like it's been a relatively 'quiet' winter at Langford, nothing too out of the ordinary has turned up and duck numbers have been on the lower side compared to previous years (although during the 22/23 winter period we have set new WeBS records for pintail in October and gadwall in December). Despite the overall lower numbers, a well rounded suite of birds were recorded on this…

  • January 2023 - Wetland Bird Survey

    A beautiful, sunny winter's day greeted the WeBS team on Sunday. A lot of the reserve was frozen (hence there being only 1 wetland bird on it) and so the birds were floating around in the few unfrozen areas. Headline news from the count were the 25 goldeneye and 6 whooper swans.

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    P2

    P3

    Total

    Water rail

    1

    1

    Canada goose

    1

    1

    Gadwall

    5

    37

    42

    Grey heron

    1

    2

    3

  • 5th January - no access to car park!!!

    Apologies for this... On 5th January between 10am and 3pm there will be no vehicle access to the car park! National Grid contractors are working on the low voltage lines that cross the track. Recommendation is either to come early and be off site by 10am or to postpone any planned visits until a later date. 

  • Possible car park disruption - 23rd December

    Quick note to say please be aware that lorries are using the access track to the car park today (Friday 23rd) to collect the big pile of harvested sugar beet. This may cause short delays and disruption, but access to the car park will still be possible with patience. Please give the lorries right of way and pull into the passing places to let them past.