• 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
  • October's (WeBS) wetland bird survey

    Here are the much anticipated WeBS counts for October, they give a good flavour of what's about at Langford at the moment:

    Grey heron

    8

    Mallard

    94

    Little egret

    3

    Kingfisher

    4

    Redshank

    3

    Green sandpiper

    2

    Ruff

    1

    Snipe

    7

    Mute swan

    29

    Teal

    147

    Shoveler

    32

    • 6 Nov 2018
  • Map of RSPB Langford Lowfields (& recent sightings)

    Just in case it's useful, here's an aerial photo of the reserve, with the key features and areas marked. The photo is a few years out of date and does not show Phase 3 in all it's glory, but it helps see how the site fits together and also helps with pinpointing the locations of wildlife sightings. The perimeter footpath is shown as well as the North Trail and the Cromwell Trail, which loop around the part of the site…

    • 15 Oct 2018
  • Wetland Bird Survey for September

    Here are the WeBS records for September, with the variety of wading birds, in particular the wood sandpiper, being the standout highlights:

    Great crested grebe

    5

    Shoveler

    20

    Mute swan

    33

    Coot

    73

    Moorhen

    15

    Mallard

    97

    Wigeon

    12

    Little grebe

    9

    Shelduck

    2

    Grey heron

    10

    Tufted…

    • 20 Sep 2018
  • Birds, bats and butterflies

    It always gets a bit quieter at this time of year in terms of bird life on the reserve. With the breeding season pretty much finished, those that survived are recovering, resting and moulting, the parents exhausted and the youngsters lurking in the undergrowth. There is still some good stuff to see though, avocets and common terns are pretty much guaranteed on site, along with various warblers still skulking around and…

    • 2 Aug 2018
  • Wetland Bird Survey results - July

    I'm being nice and punctual this month with the Wetland Bird Survey results:

    Little egret

    16

    Mediterranean gull

    1

    Grey heron

    12

    Cormorant

    6

    Herring gull

    1

    Yellow legged gull

    2

    Mallard

    86

    Oystercatcher

    2

    Dunlin

    1

    Common tern

    7

    Great crested grebe

    16

    Gadw…

    • 25 Jul 2018
  • WeBS count for June and a white-winged black tern!

    Almost a month out of date, but here are the Wetland Bird Survey counts for June. Of particular note were the high numbers of great crested grebes on site. Almost all of them floating around on the newly restored Phase 3 area.

    Avocets

    5

    Lapwing

    31

    Black headed gull

    162

    Common tern

    4

    Lesser black backed gull

    8

    Teal

    8

    Gadwall

    • 17 Jul 2018
  • Reserve update....

    Life at Langford is always busy and the last few weeks have been no exception. Our annual programme of grass cutting and vegetation management is well underway, with our volunteer teams out and about every week making the reserve look it’s best.

    It’s not all about grass cutting though….it’s also the busiest time of year in the polytunnel, with new seedlings being sown, weeding and watering to…

    • 18 Jun 2018
  • Wild flowers

    Now is the time of year to see an abundance of wild flowers at Langford Lowfields, with swathes of oxeye daisies, knapweed and birdsfoot trefoil in flower. We held a wildflower walk for our volunteer team recently and as well as a number of impressive looking southern marsh orchids, we spent time learning to identify a number of flowering plants (see list below), as well as enjoying all the other sights and sounds of…

    • 11 Jun 2018
  • Glossy ibis photos

    Here are a couple of excellent photos taken of the glossy ibis that spent a few days at Langford Lowfields at the end of May. Photos by Chris Harding:

    There have been all sorts of exciting birds at Langford recently including a purring turtle dove, an Arctic skua, avocet chicks, black terns, hobbies and sanderlings. Lots of dragonflies are now on the wing after recently emerging and if you look carefully at the stone…

    • 6 Jun 2018