• Early autumn migration....

    It's been a busy few weeks at Langford, with our volunteer groups returning to work in a Covid secure way - it has been great to see everyone and get some good work done. Focus has been on grass cutting all our public areas of the site and fencing along the western boundary that was damaged in the flood back in March. 

    It's also been a good few weeks for birds on site and there are definitely signs of autumn migration…

    • 4 Aug 2020
  • Reserve update

    Spring is well underway here at Langford, with all our summer migrants now back on site. We have our 10 species of warbler breeding on the reserve again this year, with grasshopper warblers using the area of scrub we did some work in for them back in the winter - always nice to see the fruits of your labour!

    There are at least three cuckoos on site, with two seen together this morning (9th June) and another heard singing…

    • 9 Jun 2020
  • Reserve still closed

    23rd May...

    Please be aware that Langford Lowfields is still currently closed, with re-opening planned for early June. After a prolonged period of closure we need time to prepare the reserve ready for visitors again, as well as finishing the tidy up and damage repair after the severe winter floods. With half the two-person team currently furloughed, I've been focusing on the critical tasks and things like cutting the…

    • 23 May 2020
  • Reserve closed :(

    I'm a bit behind schedule getting this blog posted, but in line with government advice Langford Lowfields is closed to the public to dissuade large groups of people gathering and to also dissuade people from driving to get their daily exercise. Both the car park and the reserve itself are closed.

    Following the severe winter flooding, this virus situation now means the reserve has been closed for a few months, which…

    • 31 Mar 2020
  • Flood comparison photos

    See previous blog for info regarding the fact the reserve is still closed.

    Photos below show a comparison between the reserve in August 2019 and the reserve last week. All taken by Stuart Carlton as part of his regular fixed point photography. Some taken from a slightly different angle due to the water!

    • 12 Mar 2020
  • Flooding Update and March WeBS Count

    Firstly the reserve is unfortunately still closed. The flood waters have gone down by 2.5m, but there is still a lot of water on the trails, as well as large piles of debris and rubbish strewn around. The floating bridge needs some attention and a few stretches of fence have been badly damaged. It will be weeks rather than days before we can open again. Getting rid of the water still on site is totally dependent on the…

    • 12 Mar 2020
  • Reserve closed (more info)

    Following on from Jenny’s emergency blog posting yesterday…

    Langford Lowfields is essentially a big hole in the ground, a beautiful, wildlife-rich hole, but a big hole nonetheless and with us sitting adjacent to the River Trent it is no surprise that sometimes the nature reserve floods. It last happened in 2012 and it happened again a couple of days ago, with water pouring onto site along a long stretch of…

    • 21 Feb 2020
  • Reserve closed

    The reserve is currently closed due to flooding. The Trent overtopped it's banks on Tuesday 18th February and filled the site up very quickly. We will re-open the reserve as soon as possible once the flood waters have receded. Apologies for any inconvenience.

    Thanks,

    The Langford Team

    • 20 Feb 2020
  • January Wetland Bird Survey

    Another record breaking WeBS count, with record numbers of goldeneye and gadwall recorded. The previous maxima count of gadwall was 98, so the 143 counted last Sunday blows that figure right out of the flood water.

    Grey heron

    6

    Mute swan

    8

    Canada goose

    5

    Greylag goose

    8

    Great crested grebe

    6

    Little grebe

    14

    Little egret

    4

    Cormorant

    12

    Mallard

    74

    Gadwall

    143

    • 15 Jan 2020
  • Red-necked grebe

    Water levels on the reserve have dropped back down, almost to our expected winter levels, but most of the trails are still closed to give them time to dry out. There is still a lot to see though and if you're feeling energetic enough to walk the 4 mile perimeter footpath you'll rack up a good tally of winter wildfowl (potentially including pintail and goldeneye), a few waders (curlew and green sandpiper today) and maybe…

    • 6 Jan 2020
  • December WeBS count results

    Here we go, the WeBS results for December 2019...

    Black headed gull

    220

    Coot

    81

    Cormorant

    22

    Gadwall

    58

    Goldeneys

    9

    Great crested grebe

    5

    Grey Heron

    3

    Little grebe

    7

    Mallard

    62

    Moorhen

    2

    Mute swan

    13

    Pochard

    48

    Shoveler

    27

    Snipe

    1

    Teal

    133

    Tufted duck

    159

    Water rail

    2

    Wigeon

    229

    Great black backed gull

    1

    • 19 Dec 2019
  • Flood water receding

    Water levels on the reserve have dropped by about a metre over the past week, with the River Trent finally allowing us to release water through the big outfall sluice. Parts of the trails are still underwater though and so they remain closed and in fact will remain closed until they've had a bit of time to dry out. I'm hoping this will happen before Christmas, but it all depends on the weather and how helpful the river…

    • 9 Dec 2019
  • 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