Ladycross Nature Reserve
NEWS and REPORTS
WELCOME TO 2022 AT LADYCROSS
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