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Alford Watch Group

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Group news and diary

Our 2018 dates!

To find out more or to book, contact
Margot Charlton at:

14 January Looking at Leaf Litter and Making Pet Rocks
Alford Manor House

11 February (school holiday) Woodland Management, nest boxes , Twig Maze Raithby Beck Wood

? tbc 11 March (also Mothers’ Day) Mud Larking! What can live in mud? Gibraltar Point

8 April (school holiday) Countryside Lincs – a celebration of food, farming and the countryside at Lincs Showground We will have a stand at this.

15 April (school holiday) Lambing Farm Visit to James Read, North Reston

6 May Rigsby Wood Open Day; Wildlife Watch promotion with activities for children

13 May Visit to Swinn Wood with Spring Activities…Insect Hotel etc

10 June Sea Dipping at Sandilands

8 July Mark/recapture Butterflies and Nature Bingo
Raithby Beck Wood; as part of 10 year bioblitz.

12 August Visit to Mill Hill Quarry or, seed collecting at Red Hill tbc

9 September Leaves: Colours, ID and Rubbings at Alford Manor House

14 October Muddy Monsters! and, Camouflage At Rigsby Wood

? tbc 11 November Seal Sanctuary, Mablethorpe; or, Donna Nook

9 December Christmas Party Alford Manor House

Our last dates for 2017!

October 8 2-3.30p.m. Marram grass planting at Mogs Eye. So many of you asked to do this again that Dave Miller has kindly arranged funding for this planting. Have you been to Sandilands recently and seen the result of your efforts two years ago? You is beautiful! And also, a valuable and effective sea defence. Isn\'t it great to know we can make a difference to our environment?
November 12 2-3.30p.m. (Remembrance Sunday) Bonfire and woodland clearing at Rigsby Wood. Everybody enjoys this activity and we love to see how this lets more bluebells flower in the spring. Bring your older brother/sisters, cousins and friends along, with secateurs, loppers and thick gloves.
December 10 2-3.30p.m. Christmas Party meeting at Alford Manor House. Fun activities, games...a perfect end to our year.

To book and for more info contact Margot Charlton: To find out more or to book, contact
Margot Charlton at:

Change to our March date

Come along to our BIG BEACH CLEAN at Anderby Creek on Saturday 4 March from 10.00a.m.
Litter pickers and bags will be provided but do come suitably dressed for our lovely east coast weather conditions.
Afterwards we can warm up in the little beach cafe- they are expecting us, so treat yourselves and have a hot chocolate or a bacon butty.

To find out more or to book, contact
Margot Charlton at:

Our 2016 dates!

For booking and more information on our meetings:

Sunday, 31 January Woodland Clearing and Bonfire,Rigsby Wood

Sunday, 28 February Visit to Nature Land, Mablethorpe

Sunday, 20 March Owl Pellets / Insect Hotel, Alford Manor House
(27 March is Easter Sunday)

Sunday, 3 April 10.00hrs Visit to a Dairy Farm / Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese, Ulceby

Sunday, 24 April Making a Woven Bird Hide/ Bird Feeders Raithby Beck Wood

1 May, Bank Holiday, Rigsby Wood Open Day, Bluebells flowering 10.00- 16.00hrs (no need to book - public event).

Sunday, 22 May Pond Dipping at Rigsby Wood
(29 May is Bank Holiday)

Saturday, 16 July Snipe Dales Watch Challenge and Picnic - book with Mary Porter 07909 925419 or email:

Sunday, 31 July Sweep Netting and Litter Pick at Sandilands

Sunday, 21 August Seed Collecting in Wildflower Meadow, Red Hill.
(28 August is Bank Holiday)

Sunday, 25 September Slugs at Alford Manor House with Chris de Feu

Sunday, 30 October Wildlife Photography; How to make the best use of simple equipment, with Geoff Trinder Raithby.
Opportunity to try out the bird hide, too!

Sunday, 27 November
Conifers; find, identify and create Christmas Decorations. Well. Group catch-up, discuss next year and pre- Christmas Party

December…no meeting (Christmas Day Sunday, 25 December, I think we will all be busy!)

New meeting dates for the rest of 2015!

PLEASE NOTE: new email address for booking and more information on our meetings:

Sunday August 23rd (because the following week is Bank Holiday): Visit to Raithby Beck Wood. This is a pretty, new woodland with meadows and a stream.
We will be exploring the properties of different soil types (which will hold water?) and then everyone can decorate a clay tile with your own wildlife design.
These will be fired later and you may have a beautiful Christmas or Birthday present for someone!
Please let me know by Saturday 22nd if you are coming; it really helps me, and I can direct you to this rather secluded place, if you haven't been before.
You are welcome to bring a picnic along and enjoy it before or after our afternoon session.

Future meetings are

27 September: A bugs and beasties hunt with sweep nets at Well Estate.

25 October: A Visit from a Hedgehog! At Alford Manor House.
During this meeting we will discuss what we would like to do in 2016, so please come with your ideas.

Also, if any of you would like to share with us your own photos, pictures, reports of wildlife sightings or activities- this is the time and we'd love to hear about it. All contributions to our Yearbook welcome!

29 November: Plant a Dune
We will be planting Marram Grass at Sandilands to create dunes which will help to protect our fragile coastline. This will be an Environment Awareness event and you are encouraged to talk about the reasons and importance of protecting the East coast with all your friends and relatives. Bring them along to help!

27 December: Bramble Clearing and Bonfire at Rigsby Wood. We have seen how well the bluebells are responding to our work in previous years, lets keep it up! Hot potatoes and marshmallows, of course.

I hope to see you all soon,


Margot Charlton

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