Thursday, 21 February 2019

Report on Louth Watch Meeting 17-2-19

We had a very busy afternoon with a flower theme at Spout Yard on Sunday 17th February.
We began the afternoon asking the twelve children (all girls) to write down the name of a flower for each letter of the alphabet.
We talked about the importance of plants in the world. How they provided food for animals and people. How they attracted pollinators.
We had a short  walk in Spout Yard park to look for any flowers. We saw snowdrops and an early primrose. We looked at the wild flower plots that had been seeded last year by some of the group. Several plants  were already appearing.
We went back into the gallery and looked closely at some flowers, using magnifiers to see the different parts.
The children then made their own flowers. They each painted  a template for flower sepals and petals. A ball of Plasticine was added to a stick to represent the receptacle on a flower stalk.
The sepals and petals were then added. A ball of  Plasticine was added  to represent the ovary. Pipe cleaners were used for the stamens. A small ball of Plasticine was placed on the top of the stick to represent the stigma on top of the style. The results was several  pretty flowers.
The next activity was for the children to make seed balls from a mixture of compost, flour, water and flower seeds. The mixture was squeezed into balls which were then placed on a decorated plate to take home.
The children enjoyed refreshments of juice and biscuits which had been supplied by Northgate Coop.

Thursday, 14 February 2019


We shall be hearing from Conservationist Gary Steele who will be talking about, ‘Barn Owls in Lincolnshire’ next Friday 22 February at 1930 hrs in the Nichol Hill Methodist Church, Louth. The entry fee, including refreshments, is £2.50. Children are most welcome and have free entry.
Last June Jane and I spent a fascinating morning under the tutelage of Gary when we learnt how to identify and record the contents of owl pellets. We are looking forward to meeting him again. 
The AGM approaches. After a shortened version of the AGM it will be your chance to have up to 10 minutes to show wildlife photographs or give brief wildlife presentation. Please let me know if you are prepared to let us share your pictures.
Fresh ideas and new faces are needed. The group needs more committee members. The committee meets three or four times a year. Why not give it a whirl for a year? Speak to me or any of the other committee members for more details.
There is a need for one or two members to take responsibility for the important task of organising of refreshments at our six indoor meetings. Contact Jane Woodcock on to find out what is involved.
Many thanks to the 18 members who let me have a copy of the bird list that they had sent to the RSPB. Between us we recorded 31 different species including a 4 Pheasants, a Heron and a Tawny owl. I have totalled the numbers of the most numerous species from all the gardens for your information.
Sparrow 137, Blackbird 73, Goldfinch 64, Wood pigeon 59, Blue tit 42. Greenfinch 39, Chaffinch 34, Jackdaw 27 [15 in one garden!], Great tit 26, Robin 18, Black-headed gull 17 [7 in my garden!], Collared dove 18, Starling 16, Dunnock 14, Coal tit 11.
It will be interesting to compare our small sample with that of the national figures when they are announced.
The Pink-footed geese were still around on 7 February. Jane and I were in the vicinity of Rimac looking at Wigeon, Curlew and Roe deer in a meadow just prior to dusk when we saw skein of about 200 Pink-footed geese moving from inland to the coast.
Our hedgehogs did not appear during the snow; we presumed that they had hibernated. But on 6 February two appeared and we have had sightings ever since. When they both appear at the same time there is interaction between them. Scuffling, sniffing and grunting indicates that they are of different sexes.
Best wishes
Ray Woodcock Chairman Louth Area Group   01507 606880

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Big Garden Bird Watch

Several people from the Louth area who joined this year's Big Garden Bird Watch sent us their records. The data are available to download on this spreadsheet