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2nd July 2017

Colour-ringed Common Terns

Andy 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 terns!

20th March 2017

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.

Rafts loaded at Church Farm

Rafts arrive safely at Watermead CP

Rafts successfully launched

Anchors away!

1st March 2017

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 deserved treats.

26th January 2017

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.

4th January 2017

Browns Wood Work Party

A 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.

5th December 2016

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.

2nd November 2016

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.

19th October 2016

Eyebrook Screen Renovation

The 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 work.

The next LROS work party is at Watermead CP on 2nd November. Meet at 10am. For more details of volunteering contact Andy Smith at

28th February 2016

75 years of LROS - Time to digitise our records!

The 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.

If you'd like to volunteer please let Peter know on 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.

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