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Some 2019 dates!

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

Do book your child’s place for the meeting, so that we know how many are attending, thank you.

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


Sunday 27 January 2019 at Hilltop Farm, Welbourn LN5 0QH - Raptors with Mick Todd. Mick will be telling us how birds of prey live and survive in our countryside.

(Saturday 26 - Monday 28 January 2019 - RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Go to: rspb.org.uk/5726 to find out more).

Sunday 17 February 2019 - Welbourn Village Hall, Meeting Room, 22 The Green, Welbourn LN5 0NJ we will be planting wildflower seeds in containers to grow on and then plant out.

Sunday 17 March 2019 - Rectory Farm, Sutton Road, Beckingham LN5 0RD this is a lovely farm to visit and walk around, see the new-born calves and their mothers.

Some 2018 dates!

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

Do book your child’s place for the meeting, so that we know how many are attending, thank you.

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

Sunday 21 January – out in a stubble field looking for moss & lichens with Steven Heathcote and David Feld.

Saturday 27 – Monday 29 January – RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Go to rspb.org.uk/5726 to find out more.

Sunday 11 February – Welbourn Village Hall, Meeting Room, 22 The Green, Welbourn LN5 0NJ come and make bird boxes, bug shelters, fat feeders to encourage birds and insects into your garden. We provide the wood already cut, the nails and the tools to build the boxes + the expertise to construct them!

Sunday 18 March – Rectory Farm, Sutton Road, Beckingham LN5 0RD this is a lovely farm to visit and walk around, see the new-born calves and their mothers.

Sunday 22 April – Hilltop Farm, Welbourn LN5 0QH – we will be doing observational drawings for your nature journals, not just of what you see around you but the insects to be found on the ground. We will also be investigating owl pellets.

Sunday 20 May – Bee Keeping at Welbourn LN5 0QH - the Giles’ will kit us up and take us see their bees in action. It will start at 2.30pm and end around 4.30pm. Bring your teddy bears with you for the honey.

Sunday 3 June –‘Lunch on the Edge’ at Hilltop Farm, Welbourn LN5 0QH. Nature and food.

Sunday 17 June – Wildflowers & butterflies at Chambers Farm Wood, nr Wragby LN8 5QB. There are 2 meadows crammed full with wildflowers and the butterflies and bees will be in force sipping the nectar.

Sunday 15 July – Sea-dipping at Gibraltar Point which is about 3 miles south of Skegness, follow the brown tourist signs.
We will dipping large nets at the seashore to see what is swimming in the sea – you may catch some fish!

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 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 12 noon on Sunday morning. Bat watching, bird numbering and tales round the camp fire, how many toasted marshmallows can you eat?

Sunday 16 September 2018 – autumn craft event. Create leaf pictures, collect galls to make ink & bird feathers to write with, dye material with picked berries/seeds, make felt from an old woollen jumper.

Sunday 28 October – Fungal Foray at Twyford Wood, Colsterworth OS Grid ref: SK947239. At an old RAF airfield, however this has a large number of mushrooms and toadstools, come help us count them, last year there was a large drop in the number of mushrooms recorded – 26 – however we did find 5 new species in the wood.

Sunday 18 November – Den building and how to exist in the wilds of the Brickpits + conservation work on site.

Sunday 9 December – 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 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.

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