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Smith has recently ringed 29 juvenile Common Terns at Watermead CP, and
asks birders to look out for and report them. This year's birds have yellow
rings with a code in black: U00 - U28. These should return as adults in
two year's time. Previous year's birds (starting in 2014) have lime green
rings with the same code sequence. Please report any sightings to Andy:
the railings at Cropston Res dam is apparently a favourite spot for Watermead
Watermead CP Tern Rafts Launch
Two more tern rafts were launched today at Watermead CP. We now have a
total of eight rafts and look forward to a good breeding season. Huge
thanks to Jim Graham, Pete Williams, Colin Green, and of course WCP Rangers
Dale and Jenny for their magnificent efforts in atrocious conditions.
loaded at Church Farm
arrive safely at Watermead CP
Wistow Work Party
The final LROS Conservation task of the winter was an attempt to clear
the pond at Wistow garden centre. This is a site where we installed a
bird ID board with a memorial to Alan Rayfield. The pond had certainly
become overgrown as can be seen from the first photo. At first we thought
the task would be impossible, especially as we had only three volunteers.
However, LROS Conservation and Education helpers are made of strong stuff
and we were soon making a difference. Chest waders helped, but also a
good balance. Thanks go to Sue Rayfield for kindly covering the cost of
Coffee and cakes. A massive thank you to stalwarts Russell Parry and Chris
Flint for their efforts. I was just relieved that the staff allowed three
mud splattered scruffs to enter the café and enjoy those richly
Hicks Lodge Work Party
The latest LROS conservation volunteers task was to clear the gravel island
at Hicks Lodge. This will help to maintain this island as a breeding site
for Common Terns and other species. Thanks to Ben Devine, the Forestry
Commission Rangers, and LROS members Chris Flint, Pete Williams and Jim
Graham for all their efforts in sub zero temperatures.
Photos: 1 - Before; 2 - Removing the brush; 3 - Volunteers; 4 - After,
half pipes to be added soon.
Wood Work Party
successful session of coppicing was completed at Browns Wood, Thornton.
A small coupe of Hazel was coppiced, and a log pile and Willow Tit nest
site were created. Thanks to Chris, Carol, Mick and Ken for all their
hard work in the Green Gym!
The two first
photos are before and after images.
Cropston Reservoir Work Party
The LROS conservation group spent a morning clearing vegetation from the
side of Cropston Reservoir. This has improved the views of the reservoir
from the viewing slots in the wall at Bradgate Park. A massive thank you
from anyone who bird watches at this site to the volunteers. Thanks to
Pete Williams, Ken Chamberlain, Mick Braker, Christine Platts, and Bradgate
Park Ranger Jason Bonney.
Watermead CP Work Party
Thanks to Christine Platts, Christine Flint, Mick Braker, Peter Williams,
Ken Chamberlain and Russell Parry, and rangers Dale and Charlie for all
their hard work at Watermead CP on the 2nd.
LROS Conservation and Education volunteer group recently tidied and painted
the two viewing screens at Eyebrook reservoir. Massive thanks go to Chris
Flint and Ken Chamberlain for their support and help in completing the
next LROS work party is at Watermead CP on 2nd November. Meet at 10am.
For more details of volunteering contact Andy Smith at email@example.com
75 years of LROS - Time to digitise our records!
Government's austerity programme and the consequential cuts now needed
at Leicestershire County Council, mean that there will shortly be no room
left at the County Council to store our paper records. Your committee
considers that this should be the push we need to get our historic records
digitised. We are therefore appealing to everyone who could find some
time to help digitise our paper records so that the information will be
available to future generations of birdwatchers and decision makers.
We will prioritise digitising to make the most of our volunteers' time
in the following way. First, we will digitise 'core' species for all years
(core species will be Schedule 1, Amber and Red listed species and other
species of local interest in Vice County 55). Second, we will digitise
all records for every 10 years. Third, we will digitise all records for
every 5 years, and finally we will digitise all records for all years.
We will prioritise recent years before older years. How far we get through
this list will depend on how many volunteers we get!
We already have 14 years of records digitised which means there are only
61 years to go! As a starting point core species only amount to some 10%
of all records and we think (well actually we guess!) that would take
a volunteer approximately 6 hours for each year. Training will be given,
as will a spreadsheet for data entry and follow up support for queries.
you'd like to volunteer please let Peter know on firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 0116 2364704
Also, the next volunteer day is on Wednesday 2nd March
when we will be working at Watermead Country Park (North) undertaking
a range of work including: Willow Tit nest box stuffing; tern raft Spring
cleaning; Key's Lake island clearance and gravel spreading; and clearing
in front of the Sand Martin wall and Crake Pool hide (depending on the
number of volunteers).
Please meet at the Nature Reserve Car Park at 10.00 a.m. and come equipped
with old clothes and wellingtons. No experience is necessary.