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Some more 2017 dates!

Most meetings are held between 10am and noon unless otherwise stated and we request a donation of £1 per person (unless otherwise highlighted).

Do book your place at the meeting, so that we know how many are attending, thanks.

For information about the group and to book places at the events, contact;-
Group Leaders: Marianne Overton or Jean Martin marianneoverton@biosearch.org.uk 01400 273323,
jcmartin0448@gmail.com 01636 626176

Sunday 21 May – Bee Keeping at Fulbeck: the Giles’ will kit us up and let us see their bees in action (I need to know how many Watchers are planning on attending this meeting, so please book in advance). It will start at 2.30pm and end around 4.30pm. Bring your teddy bears with you for the honey.

Sunday June – we will be by the seaside for this meeting date and place to be confirmed.

Sunday 9 July – Chambers Farm Wood, nr Wragby LN8 5QB. We have seen lounging lizards, slithery snakes, murky ponds, wild flowers aplenty – it is a lovely wood to walk through and investigate.

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August – Camp at Brickpits, Welbourn, join us for an overnight camp in the field by Marianne’s house at Hilltop Farm, Welbourn LN5 0QH. We will be starting at 6pm on Saturday and finishing around 10am on Sunday morning. Bat watching, bird numbering and tales round the camp fire, what time will you go to bed?

Sunday late September – in celebration of Apple Day
Date and place to be confirmed.

Sunday 22 October – Fungal Foray at Twyford Wood, Colsterworth OS Grid ref: SK947239. Another old RAF airfield, however this has a large number of mushrooms and toadstools, come help us count them, last year we counted over 63 species.

Sunday 19 November – Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road, Lincoln LN1 3LY. A marvellous museum celebrating Lincolnshire’s cultural, commercial, industrial, agricultural, domestic heritage (and for those interested a fullscale model of the first tank which fought in the 1st World War).

Sunday 3 December 2017 – Christmas Party, Welbourn Village Hall, Main Hall, 22 The Green, Welbourn LN5 0NJ. Make a Christmas wreath from the holly, twigs and branches outside the hall; roll up a candle to light your home at Christmas, make decorations for your Christmas tree and just have a lovely time with the rest of the Watchers.

Some 2017 dates!

All meetings are held between 10am and noon and we request a donation of £1 per person (unless otherwise highlighted).

Do book your place at the meeting, so that we know how many are attending, thanks.

For information about the group and to book places at the events, contact;-
Group Leaders: Marianne Overton or Jean Martin marianneoverton@biosearch.org.uk 01400 273323,
jcmartin0448@gmail.com 01636 626176



Sunday 22 January 2017 from 10am - 12 noon at the RSPB Reserve Langford Lowfields, Cottage Lane, Collingham NG23 7QL to see the wading birds, those resident at the site and the ones who are just flying by (we saw over 300 lapwings last year).

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 January 2017 it's the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, so spend an hour in your garden noting down the number of different birds visiting then email this information to: rspb.org.uk and your numbers will be added to the national report - thank you.


Sunday 12 February 2017 from 10am - 12 noon we will be at Welbourn Village Hall, The Green, Welbourn LN5 0NJ making bird boxes to hang outside your house, bug boxes to place in your garden, squidging together some fat feeders, and if there is time producing some collage art work.

Sunday 19 March 2017 from 10am - 12 noon at Rectory Farm, Sutton Road, Beckingham LN5 0RD we will be visiting the farm to see newly born calves in the sheds, walking through the ridge & furrow fields and see the areas set aside for birds and mammals to forage and live.

Some 2017 diary dates!

Sunday 22 January 2017 from 10am - 12 noon at the RSPB Reserve Langford Lowfields, Cottage Lane, Collingham NG23 7QL to see the wading birds, those resident at the site and the ones who are just flying by (we saw over 300 lapwings last year).

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 January 2017 it's the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, so spend an hour in your garden noting down the number of different birds visiting then email this information to: rspb.org.uk and your numbers will be added to the national report - thank you.

All meetings are held between 10am and noon and we request a donation of £1 per person (unless otherwise highlighted).

Do book your place at the meeting, so that we know how many are attending, thanks.

For information about the group and to book places at the events, contact;-
Group Leaders: Marianne Overton or Jean Martin marianneoverton@biosearch.org.uk 01400 273323,
jcmartin0448@gmail.com 01636 626176


Sunday 26 February 2017 from 10am - 12 noon we will be at Welbourn Village Hall, The Green, Welbourn LN5 0NJ making bird boxes to hang outside your house, bug boxes to place in your garden, squidging together some fat feeders, and if there is time producing some collage art work.

Sunday 19 March 2017 from 10am - 12 noon at Rectory Farm, Sutton Road, Beckingham LN5 0RD we will be visiting the farm to see newly born calves in the sheds, walking through the ridge & furrow fields and see the areas set aside for birds and mammals to forage and live.

Our 2016 dates!

All meetings are held between 10am and noon and we request a donation of £1 per person (unless otherwise highlighted).

Do book your place at the meeting, so that we know how many are attending, thanks.

For information about the group and to book places at the events, contact;-
Group Leaders: Marianne Overton or Jean Martin marianneoverton@biosearch.org.uk 01400 273323,
jcmartin0448@gmail.com 01636 626176


Sunday 24 January: Marianne and Jean will be taking the group walking round Langford Lowfields, Collingham, Nottnghamshire to see the birds on the lakes at this fairly new RSPB centre. Meeting in the car park (£2) and then walking to the lakes.

Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 January: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch: spend an hour in your garden noting the number of different birds visiting then send this information to: rspb.org.uk, this will be noted on their national report.

Saturday 20 February: Welbourn Village Hall, Welbourn where we will be making bird boxes for you to put outside your house and note which birds take up residence to lay their eggs and hatch their young. We will also be planting some herbs for your garden.

Sunday 20 March: Rectory Farm, Sutton Road, Beckingham LN5 0RD. The farm supports wildlife with the crops they grow, there are ridge and furrow fields and areas set aside for birds and mammals to forage and live, and newly born calves in the sheds.

Sunday 17 April: Stream dipping at Barkston, where we will be finding out which insects live in and around this meandering stream.

Saturday 7 May: Bee Keeping at Fulbeck: the Giles’ will kit us up and let us see their bees in action It will start at 2.30pm and end around 4.30pm. Please book well in advance.

Sunday 22 May: Geocaching at Washingborough: more information to follow about this.

Saturday 18 June: Whisby: we will walk round the lakes and note the different birds on the water to those we found at Langford Lowfields earlier this year.

Saturday 9 July: Ben Light’s Wood, Ancaster. The bird boxes at the wood need to be checked to see which have nests already in them, and which are empty, this information is noted on the records kept about the bird population at the wood. A bar-b-que follows – yummy.

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August: Camp at Brickpits, Welbourn, join us for an overnight camp in the field by Marianne’s house at Hilltop Farm, Welbourn LN5 0QH. We will be starting at 6pm on Saturday and finishing around 10am on Sunday morning. Bat watching, bird numbering and tales round the camp fire, what time will you go to bed?

Sunday 18 September: Fishing at Woodland Waters, Ancaster. We have the tackle, come and join us!

Saturday 15 October: Fungal Foray at Twyford Wood, Colsterworth, It is amazing how many mushrooms and toadstools can be found in this wood and we are excellent at finding them!

Sunday 20 November: Bushcraft at Hilltop Farm, Welbourn. Learn how to construct a shelter, gather dry wood for an open fire and just generally enjoy going native.
We will also be removing dead branches and generally tidying up the site for the winter.

Sunday 4 December: Christmas Party, Welbourn Village Hall. Make a Christmas wreath from the holly, twigs and branches outside the hall; roll up a candle to light your home at Christmas, and relive which of the many meetings we have had this year is your favourite.

If you require further information about the group, please do not hesitate to contact either Marianne or Jean on either the email addresses or telephone numbers noted.

Our 2015 dates!

• All meetings 10am to noon and £1 per young person, unless otherwise stated.
• Please book, in case there have to be changes to the programme
• For details and to book, contact or Marianne Overton marianne.overton@biosearch.org.uk
01400 273323, 07920 235 364 or Jean Martin jcmartin0448@gmail.com 01636 626176

Sunday 25th January:
Walk round Whisby Tracks
Birds on the lakes and other signs of wildlife
Car Park £2, play area, shop and restaurant for afterwards

Saturday 21st February:
Making Bird boxes, counting rook nests and Wildart Day.
At Welbourn Village Hall. Show how creative you are: we provide the paper, paint, glue, crayons, etc you come up with the art!

Sunday 22nd March:
Farm Day at Rectory Farm, Sutton Road, Beckingham LN5 0RD
Walk round the Farm and fields to see new-born calves and modern farming in an ancient field setting.

Sunday 19th April: Pond Dipping:
In the pond at the side of Welbourn Village Hall, see what you can find in the nets once you’ve dipped.

Sunday 17th May:
Geocaching around Sleaford.
Test your skills at map-reading and reading the clues in the next box.
Park for free in the NKDC where we will meet.

Saturday June date tbc
“Lunch on the Edge” Joint bird event at Hlltop Farm, Welbourn £15

Saturday 20th June:
Wildflowers at Chambers Wood Farm, Wragby. Joint meeting with the Limewoods Watch Group.
An ancient woodland with lizards basking in the sunlight, and and wildflowers.

Saturday 11th July:
Lincolnshire Watch event: Wildlife Challenge at Snipe Dales Country Park, nr Spilsby, Watch Day Out and Picnic.
Bring a picnic for your lunch. Take the A16 to Spilsby, turn left onto B1195 and keep your eyes open on the right for Snipe Dales Country Park. If you need a lift please email/phone Marianne or Jean.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Please book directly with Mary Porter: email watch@lincstrust.co.uk or ring 01507 526667.

Saturday/Sunday 15th/16th August
WKWW Camping Weekend At Hilltop Farm, Welbourn LN5 0QH
Spend the evening looking for bats and singing round a camp fire, bird ringing in the morning 6pm Sat. to 10am Sun. £5 per Watcher for food.

Sunday 20th September
Fishing at Woodland Waters, Ancaster NG32 3RT
Come and catch some fish, it’s great fun (and they are all returned to the pond). Identify the ones you’ve caught and make a sculpture of them.

Saturday 17th October
Bushcraft at Welbourn
Build your own shelter from the branches in the wood, learn how to light a fire safely to boil water and cook food (marshmallows!)

Sunday 15th November
Fungi Hunt at Twyford Wood, Colsterworth.
Seek for different kinds of Fungi and find out about them from the experts. This wood includes a WWII airfield and is where Dr Who was filmed. Turn left off the A1 south at Colsterworth and onto A151, Twyford Wood is on the right hand side, just a bit up the road.

Saturday 5th December
Christmas Party – Quiz, crafts, fun and food.
2pm – 4pm Welbourn Village Hall LN5 0LZ (please note this is an afternoon Party)
£2.50 per watcher – includes prizes and tea. Make wreaths, biscuits, cards….

Group leaders: Marianne Overton – 01400 273323, Jean Martin – 01636 626176, Treasurer – Matthew Shaw – 01400 262312

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