Spring is well on its way! Dawn is getting earlier, dusk later, the clocks have changed to British Summer Time and the strength of the sun is increasing. And we don’t have to travel far to experience the joy of spring. Daneshill Lakes Local Nature Reserve at Torworth is bursting with spring delights. The catkins on Alder and Willow are wafting their pollen to catch the breeze before their leaves appear.
The first blossom appear on Blackthorn, again before the leaves, the small white flowers providing welcome sustenance for early bees and other insects.
And, of course, the birds will be busy finding mates, building nests and producing their broods. Who will see the first duckling, gosling or baby coot, the latter who’s cute but not-so-cute appearance only a mother could love?
The Friends of Daneshill Lakes, who work closely with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust who take care of the Reserve, will be leading a Family Bird Walk on Easter Monday 2nd April, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 11.30am. Help will be on hand for budding bird spotters. No booking is required. Meet in the Reserve car park at 9.15am. Bring binoculars if you have them, but don’t worry if you haven’t.
And for ‘early birds’ there will be a Dawn Chorus Family Bird Walk on Sunday 20th May, from 6.30am to 9.00am. Again, no booking is required. Meet in the car park at 6.15am. The next Friends’ meeting is on Monday 4th June at 7.00pm at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre, Great North Road, Retford DN22 8SG.
Further details are available from Lesley Noar on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01777 818362. Alternatively, see www.friendsofdaneshilllakes.btck.co.uk.