The Bird Watching & Wildlife group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10.30 am at the meeting place. The contacts for the group are Chrys and Paul Millington on 01773 764 943 or 07986 037 871. No one is an expert and new members would be very welcome.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN US?
Please contact Chrys/Paul
If unsure about the weather please contact Chrys/Paul. Thanks.
Hi everyone. Our numbers are rapidly increasing which is good to see. Being a member of the Bird Watching & Wildlife Group involves travelling to locations beyond the boundaries of Eastwood but the benefits are huge: fresh air, lovely walks (not too strenuous), nature, exercise, good company, learning a new hobby etc. We go out once a month to a variety of locations so please contact us if you are interested.
2021 Calendar (these dates were updated on the 9/1/21)
21 January 2021 – Shipley park 18 February 2021 -Rufford Park Ollerton NG22 9DF (£4 parking) Cancelled 18 March 2021 – Attenborough NG9 6DY Notts wildlife trust Cancelled 1st April 2021 – Attenborough NG9 6DY Notts wildlife trust Cancelled 15 April 2021 – Aldecar flashes 20 May 2021 – Newstead/Annesley country park Newstead village NG15 0BU over rail crossing 17 June 2021 – Dearne valley Old Moor S73 0YF RSPB (Barnsley) 15 July 2021 – Potteric carr DN4 8DB Yorkshire wildlife trust (Doncaster)
19 August 2021 – Skylarks NG12 2LU Holme Pierrepont
16 September 2021 – Langford lowfields NG23 7QL RSPB (Newark)
21 October 2021 – Netherfield lagoons Behind Netherfield retail park
18 November 2021 – Kingsmill Reservoir NG17 4PA Notts county council
16 December 2021 – Brinsley headstocks
MESSAGE FROM JANE JOHNSON I have had a project with my eldest granddaughter to breed butterflies and last month we released 6 painted lady butterflies into the wild (both in Newthorpe and in Northleach, Gloucestershire) and have currently 7/10 small tortoiseshell caterpillars eating as many nettles as we can collect. We have a luxurious wildflower lawn which attracts bees and butterflies and counted 43 in 15 minutes in the fields behind your house for the Big Butterfly Count last week. The hedgehog hibernated all Winter along with another (in another box) and comes back to feed occasionally. We are collecting hay and straw for him to make a nest for this Winter. We also built a very small ‘fairy’ pond and put a frog house next to it and the frogs from next door come visiting through a small pipe under the fence between our gardens and the blackbirds and pigeons bathe in it and the goldfinch and other birds come for a drink. Today on our walk we saw mining bees coming out of a burrow near Giltbrook and of course we see the buzzards regularly overhead, as well as the kestrels.
May 20th at Newstead/Annesley country park
Decided for my allowed daily exercise I would have a 20-minute walk across the fields to Watnall woods bird feeders. In horse racing terms it would be deemed heavy going. My intention was to try and add to my years list looking for Nuthatch, Chaffinch and Coal tit. As Guinness and I made our way there we saw a raptor being mobbed by a crow. Too far away to be sure but looked to be a Sparrow hawk. No positive ID so not going on my list. As we approached Reckoning house the going got very heavy, glad I had my wellies on. There was a Raptor calling somewhere between Reckoning house and the woods but could not find it. Watching the feeders from the bench it wasn’t long before the birds came visiting. It was fabulous to see so many Blue and Great tits darting in and out on the feeders. Blackbird and Dunnock on the ground and of course the grey squirrels, which didn’t go unnoticed by Guinness! Then a pair of Nuthatch turned up along with a Song thrush. You usually see one or two Robins at any given time, but I have never seen so many Robins in one place at the same time as today. Most were getting along but of course there was the inevitable fallout. Thinking of making tracks when two Chaffinch appeared. Crossing the fields, on the way home, saw a Buzzard gliding overhead then a small flock of birds Starling size landed in the field. Manoeuvring to get a better view of the flock, the crops were up to the birds’ necks, I saw the thrush-like bird with the tell-tale grey, brown and spots of the Fieldfare.
A lovely hour’s adventure with the Chaffinch, Song thrush, Fieldfare and Nuthatch added to my 2021 bird list.