Friday, 15 October 2021

Louth Wildlife Watch Group Sunday 24 Oct 2021

Our next meeting for the Louth Wildlife Watch Group will be on Sunday 24 October at 2 pm at the Louth Navigation Warehouse (Riverhead road LN110DA). 

We are excited about this meeting as we will be teaming up with members of the Louth Navigation Trust to discover more about the fascinating history of Louth's canal and its amazing wildlife!

We will -

  • Look for examples of change in the canal since our visit in the summer
  • Take a guided walk along the banks of the canal looking for wildlife and signs of its industrial past
  • Design a poster to advertise the canal, water safety or litter etc
  • Make a food web mobile
  • Compare different types of duck food
  • Enjoy nature related art and craft activities
We hope you will be able to join us!
Please book by email to keithjpalmer@mail.com



Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Louth Watch Meeting Legbourne Wood – 19th September 2021

We were very lucky on Sunday to avoid the showers when we met at Legbourne Wood to look at Autumn seeds, fruits and berries. Eleven children and eight adults attended. (Some by bike – well done to them!)

Whilst waiting to begin our walk the children looked for hidden fruits and berries on a Forest floorsheet. They began to match some of the fruits and berries with the appropriate leaves.

Once we were ready the children made some good suggestions for health and safety issues and Keith filled in those they hadnt thought of.

On the first part of the path the children looked for various seeds and collected them in a tub where appropriate. They were very thoughtful about only taking what they needed and about taking care in what to pick. After a while we stopped and talked about seed dispersal. We discussed why it was necessary and thought of different methods plants used. As each method was described the children looked through their tubs for examples to match.

For the next part of the walk, the children were given a sheet naming six trees to which they had to match the appropriate leaves and fruiting bodies. We looked at examples of some of the trees on the way and many of the children were keen to add to their seed collection. We also noticed that there were some different plants on this section of the walk as the path was in more sunlight. When we reached our next point we talked about what we thought the most common trees in Legbourne Wood were and went through the sheet together with the children offering their results.

Next the children (and those adults who were allowed by their offsprings to assist!) eagerly participated in an orienteering activity. There were four different options that Keith had devised and each spelled a nature word if completed correctly. This was a very popular activity and several children completed many if not all of the options.

In addition, they were also able to make a small rotating helicopterto reproduce the effect of maple, ash and sycamore keys and make a seed/berry idial to aid with tree and seed matching.

As we returned we talked about our session and looked at the different parts of the wood especially where a large area had been cleared, presumably due to Ash dieback.

All in all    an ex-seed-ingly enjoyable and productive meeting.

Louise Scott

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Louth Wildlife Watch Group Sunday 19th September 2021

The next meeting of the Louth Wildlife Watch Group will be on Sunday 19 September starting at 2 pm.

We will be making a circular route through the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's woods at Legbourne, meeting at the small car park at the end of Wood Lane (coming from Louth, turn right onto Mill Lane in Legbourne village, then bear left onto Wood Lane at the fork).
As we walk and explore we hope to collect examples of autumn seeds and berries.
At the halfway point we will break to enjoy a range of nature type crafts and activities, and a short nature themed orienteering task.
We hope you will be able to join us!
Please book by email to keithjpalmer@mail.com
Best Regards
Keith

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Bat Watch Friday 27th August 2021 Rimac

You are invited to join a Moth and Bat evening, organised by the Rimac Watch Group, on Friday 27th August  at 7.45pm until late.

Full details are on the attached poster.
You will need to book with Roger at rimacwildlifewatch@gmail.com
Best Wishes
Avril



Thursday, 5 August 2021

Louth Area Watch Group

Our next Watch meeting will be on Sunday August 22nd, starting at 2pm.

We will be walking part of Louth Canal, starting from the Navigation Warehouse.
As part of the walk you can enjoy some fun activities- bark rubbing, I Spy wildlife, Colour matching etc.
There will also be some art and craft activities set up next to the Navigation Warehouse.
We hope that you will join us.
Please Book with Keith at keithjpalmer@mail.com

Best Wishes
Avril

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Louth Area Watch Group

Hello
Our second meeting of the year will be on Saturday June 26th starting at 2pm at :-
The Lincolnshire Rural Activities Centre (LRAC) at Kenwick LN11 8NR
Our main theme is about Bees.
To begin the meeting a local expert will bring a demonstration hive and bee keeping equipment to tell us about keeping bees.
Then we will have a Bee Trail and Hunt in the garden.
We can also visit the beautiful meadow to look for and identify any insects and flowers that we find.
I hope that you will join us.
You will need to book with Keith at keithjpalmer@mail.com
Best Wishes
Avril

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Louth’s Breeding Peregrine Falcons 2020

 For the sixth year, the peregrines maintained their presence at St. James’ Church. Following the failure of the 2019 brood when all five chicks failed to fledge – thought to be a combination of bad weather and poor parenting by an inexperienced female – we waited with a degree of apprehension for the pair to breed again.

A new nest tray with a protective roof was installed on the walkway on 24th January and by the 2nd March, pictures from the TV screen showed a depression in the gravel, proof that at least one of the pair had visited and ‘tried it for size’.

By the middle of March with COVID-19 sweeping the country, the church was closed to visitors, so we were relying Verger Dale Walker to provide any news, and on the 29th March, he revealed the falcon was now installed on the nest. On 11th April, Dale was able to check the TV screen and saw the falcon brooding at least two, and possibly more eggs. It was a month before we received a further report, when on the 10th May, 3 chicks were seen to be fed.

The chicks were ringed at the end of the month by Alan Ball under strict health security conditions, and thought to be two males and a female. By the 6th June, The chicks/young juveniles (eyases) were heard to call for the first time, showing that they are growing and demanding food, and on the 9th, we had the first glimpse of one of the juveniles peering through one of the castellations. A couple of days later, all 3 juveniles showed themselves

Two of the juveniles made their first flights on the morning of 18th June, predictably landing in gardens where they sat, looking quite confused. One was picked up in the rectory driveway by local vet Andy Cook, a bird of prey specialist, and carried up the stairway and released on the tower walkway. The other turned up in our garden, spending three hours on our shelter roof, before flying into a rose bush where I caught it (I’m not a bird of prey specialist!). So when Andy reappeared from the tower, it was my turn to climb the 198 steps with the peregrine struggling in its box.

Unlike previous years, all the juveniles made good progress and by 10th July, a juvenile was seen to bring in its own prey and by August, most of the juveniles were spending much of the day hunting away from the church, often returning noisily in the late afternoon. It’s likely that in another few weeks, views of the juveniles will be few and far between, so as I write this on 21st August, we can look back on a successful year.

Noted for the first time in Louth, our resident peregrines showed extreme territorial aggression towards any common buzzard within sight of the peregrines’ nest or the juveniles. We knew the peregrines in Exeter had brought down 21 buzzards in 190 attacks over a 6-month period, but it was the sight from our garden of the pair working together to attack and kill a buzzard passing near the church on 13th June that prompted us to log such events. In the following three weeks, 11 incidents were noted and the attacks only stopped when the juveniles were confidently flying.

For more information on Louth’s peregrines, or to purchase the booklet, visit: www.louthperegrines.org.uk

Geoff Mullett