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Woodcock and Nightjar evening walks

We have 3 walks planned for later this year
Woodcock walk Wednesday 18th May at 8 pm
Nightjar walk 1 Wednesday 13th July at 8.30pm
Nightjar walk 2 Wednesday 20th July at 8.30pm

All walks meeting at Ladycross Quarry gates. Warm clothing and stout boots/shoes are recommended (and midgie repellent!)
Book with Joan at or 01434673245. Please give us a contact number in case of any last minute changes.

Wild Plants Walk

Something new for this year.  Monday 4th July, 6.30pm.  A botanical trip around LXNR led by Chris Metherell.  Chris is County Recorder for North Northumberland for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.

Ladycross nature reserve provides the perfect opportunity to see how nature recolonises the disturbed ground of centuries of quarrying. The thin soils allow many of our prettiest wildflowers to thrive here. We will look out for the eyebrights, speedwells and trefoils, plus the locally rare vipers bugloss our orchids and clubmosses. Hopefully our group of sharp eyes will discover other rare plants and insects to be identified that afternoon.
Despite some restoration of income from our walks, we always need extra funds to keep the bird feeders well stocked with food.
We are asking if you could continue to support this by donating bird food or making a donation to enable us to buy it. We buy our bird food from Poltross Enterprises in Haltwhistle. They deliver to Joan's home in Juniper, because the reserve is closed. You can visit their website to see what they offer, and email them at or ring 01434 321111. Their prices are competitive but you may have your own regular supplier. If you buy from another source and want to deliver, then please contact Joan at 01434 673245. If you would like to make a donation, cheques should be made out to Ladycross Nature Reserve. We really do appreciate your continuing support.
During the pandemic, members sent us a wonderful selection of photographs taken in their gardens and on their exercise walks. The ones for last current year appear on the right hand side of this page as we receive them. You can view last year's photographs by clicking here


Unfortunately, because of Covid the Big Cats talk by Keith Buchana, scheduled for 6th April had to be cancelled. It will be resceduled for later in the year. Watch here for information.

Work on the Reserve
Thanks to John, Roger and our new volunteers, the new deciduous trees have been going in at Ladycross - excellent to see some new planting.

Among them is some Alder Buckthorn, which we hope in time might attract Brimstone butterflies, whose caterpillars use it as their food plant.

A few members' photographs The birds are from Richard Lorgnone - including a kingfisher at the bottom of the garden in Riding Mill - how lucky is that!. The Mediterranean Gull was at Newbiggin on Sea and the Sanderling at Beadnel.

Lovely autumn colours on the river at Hexham, by Nancy Anderson

And one of the several fine sunsets we have had recently, by Ian Hancock

We had a very well supported fungus foray in October. This year it was led by Doug MacCutcheon, who proved to be an excellent substitute for Gordon - although we did miss Gordon's jokes!. Despite a very wet start, the weather cleared and over 30 species were found. Our thanks go to Doug, and to all who supported the foray. It raised over £130 for LXNR funds.

Last year's wonderful pictures and reports of your encounters with local wildlife enormously helped to lighten the gloomy situation. We hope you will continue to provide your photographs and reports this year. To get us off to a good start, here are a few photographs taken over the last couple of weeks' distinctly wintry weather, which at least produces some great skies!

Rainbow at Colpitts, sent in by Jean Elphick

Winter skies, by Mary Oswell and others

Trees and tree-stumps look pareticularly good at this time of year, showing off their skeletal structures and their textures of moss and lichen.John Fraser and Ian Hancock