At the recent meeting of the Gainsborough branch of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Graham Catley gave a talk on ‘The Marsh Harrier’.
Graham is an authority on the species and also an amazingly good photographer, having spent 30 years studying Marsh Harriers; he first saw them at Minsmere in 1972, at the time the only place in the UK to be sure of seeing them.
UK numbers of Marsh Harriers have increased recently, benefitting from new areas of wetland and reedbed intended primarily to attract bitterns to nature reserves (including several in Lincolnshire).
Graham illustrated the lifecycle of the species with spectacular shots of their winter roosts, breeding displays, and hunting activities. His study of plumage had enabled him to follow individuals over several years, one of which was now 12 years old – quite exceptional since the usual life span is six years.
The next meeting Wednesday 19th April, where Suzanne Fysh will speak on ‘Next Door Nature’. Suzanne has a role in urban conservation with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
The meeting is in St Stephen’s Methodist Church, DN21 2DP at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome; entrance is by donation, minimum £2.50.