Friday, 7 October 2016


Good afternoon,
I have been looking for autumn fruits and berries along the verges where I like to see the plants in their skeletal, seed-bearing form. However, I have been surprised to see hogweed, red campion and yarrow still in flower – or is it a second flowering? I have also noticed the simple spectacle of the cobwebs of the golden coloured garden spiders glistening in the sunshine on dewy mornings.
Brent geese are returning and there are regular sightings of spoonbills at Donna Nook, Gibraltar Point and Frampton Marsh. I wonder if this bird will follow the avocets and egrets as a species that becomes re-established in Great Britain.

Your help is needed:
Raffle prizes are required for the Information Coffee Morning on 29 October. Bring them along to the meeting on 14 October or let me know if you have an item and I can arrange to collect it.
Lapwings distribution: Can you find an hour or so 3 times a year to deliver the envelopes containing the Lapwings magazine in Theddlethorpe? If so, please let me know

October is always a busy time for the Louth Area Group members.
Work Parties begin on Sunday 9 October at 9030 hrs at Rigsby Wood.

Our first autumn indoor meeting will be at the ConocoPhillips Room in Louth at 7.30pm on Friday 14 October when Chris Reynolds, Curator of Botanical Collection at the Forestry Commission, will tell members and non-members about, ‘Global Tree Conservation’.

On Saturday 29 October we have our annual fund raising event in the ConocoPhillips Room at Louth library between 1000 am and noon.            It is an Information Coffee Morning.
Children are requested to bring their parents, grandparents and friends to the event together with examples of autumn fruits and seed heads. They will be able to discover how seeds are dispersed and to talk to local experts about wild flowers, bats, seals and otters. Everyone will have the chance to purchase Trust goods including Christmas cards whilst having a coffee and a chat. Children are not charged but adults have to pay £1.50. 
We are trying very hard to encourage children to take an interest in wildlife as well as giving all of you the opportunity to talk to our local experts. It will be good to see you at some time during those couple of hours.

The next meeting of the Children’s Watch Group is on Sunday 16th October from 2pm in Legbourne Wood. There are many hundreds of species of insects in the average garden.  We are planning to make Bug Hotels to give them some shelter over the winter. 
The event is free but children must be accompanied by an adult.  Waterproof footwear is advised.
For more details get in touch with Avril Huke at p.a.huke

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