Major progress today on the children's dipping pond, we have opened it up to get more light into the pond, but of course, leaving some shaded areas. Several species of Damsel and Dragonflies were skimming over the water and landing on the vegetation. We now need some funding to renew and make safe to platform.
Thank you, volunteers, and Geoff Fletcher for assistance.
We are meeting up again tomorrow 29/05/18 @ 9-30 am in the car park, continuing with our remake of the overgrown children's dipping pond.
Well, the L.O.S. presentation and fieldtrip season is over for another year and we now look forward to a summer break to recharge our batteries and get ready for the new 2018-19 season which starts in September.
We have a new Fieldtrips Officer,Paul Pennington, who will be taking over the planning and fieldtrip arrangements from September onwards. I'm sure we'll have lots of great places to visit, as usual, some old, some new but always great days out. There is no charge for these (except petrol-sharing costs and parking/entrance fees on a few reserves) and everyone is welcome to come along and bring friends and family.
If you'd like to contact Paul with some ideas for new fieldtrips within an hour and a half traveling distance of Leigh, he can be reached using the following email address: email@example.com or via a private message on one of our two Facebook groups:
The new fieldtrip programme will be announced on this website during the summer, as will the Friday night indoor meeting programme of presentation talks in the Derby Room at Leigh Library.
We also now have a members-only L.O.S. WhatsApp Chat group which can be used for chatting to L.O.S. members in-between meetings and frieldtrips and which may occasionally be used for arranging additional fieldtrips at short notice in-between the planned ones.
If you'd like to join the L.O.S. WhatsApp Chat group, please contact me, Martyn Jones using either of the two Facebook addresses above or by email using the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
So we now look forward to having a great new season with lots of old and hopefully some new faces joining us in our forthcoming presentation and fieldtrip programmes.
This is the last formal L.O.S. fieldtrip of the 2017/18 season and what a cracker it will be. Bempton Cliffs RSPB on the east Yorkshire coast never fails to deliver at this time of year. Gannets, Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Guillemots, Fulmars and Puffins are a nailed on certainty in this massive and spectacular seabird colony.
There could also be a supporting case of Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, Rock Doves, Tree Sparrows and many more farmland birds. If there is time and the inclination, we may visit another reserve along the coast too.
Meet at Doctors Nook car park in Leigh for an early start at 7am to arrive at Bempton Cliffs car park at around 9:30 to 9:45am. If you are not an RSPB member there is a small charge for parking. Please tell us in the comments below if you intend to go straight there. No need to say if you can't make it.
So everyone is welcome for our final trip of the season - it will be fantastic.
P.S. A recent sightings board from Bempton Cliffs RSPB:
Please note that there has been a change to the presentation originally advertised
This talk is a result of three separate trips to this amazing country. Lots of photos of the brilliant birdlife, the fantastic variety of species and colours. Funny stories about safe birding in this superb country and unsafe birding like when I fell into the swamp and the time I almost stepped on a crocodile, the £500 photograph and how not to wake up with frogs in your shoes!
Meet at 7:15pm in the Derby Room at Leigh Library for a 7:30pm start. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome to come to this, our last presentation of the 2017/18 season.