Daneshill Lakes

by | 8 July 2019 | Community Event, Retford, Wildlife

As Daneshill Lakes Local Nature Reserve at Torworth begins to feel the change to autumn, the Friends group there has organised some wildlife events to match the changing seasons and inspire all the family.

On Saturday 9th September, starting at 10.00am, will be a Plant Gall Walk. What are plant galls? Well, you may have noticed those furry looking growths on dog rose aptly named robin’s pincushions, or those round green balls found on oak trees known as marble galls. But there are many other strange abnormal growths to be found on trees and plants in the autumn — knopper, hedgehog, silk button spangle, artichoke and sputnik galls are just a few to be found at Daneshill Lakes. Plant gall enthusiast Jan Rousseau will be showing visitors how to spot these and telling us what actually causes them. This is a free family event finishing at 12.00pm. Meet in the car park at 9.45am to take part.

The Friends of Daneshill Lakes fourth annual Open Day takes place on Sunday 1st October from 10.00am to 3.30pm. There will be guided walks around the reserve, bird and waterfowl spotting, a bird ringing demonstration so you can see what a blue tit looks like right up close, a chance to talk to an angler about life below the watery surface, an opportunity to go out on the lake with the Daneshill Sailing Club, and lots of things for children to do and make to take home such as cone bird feeders and wildlife crowns, and check out the amazing natural world through a microscope. There will be a tombola and hot drinks and homemade cakes will be on sale for the adults. This is a free event.

Finally, the Friends have joined with the Nottinghamshire Fungi Group for a Fungi Foray on Sunday 15th October, starting at 10.00am and finishing at 12.30pm. This, again, is a free to join family event.

For further information please contact Lesley Noar, secretary of the Friends of Daneshill Lakes – email daveandlesnoar@outlook.com or call 01777 818362. The Friends website is www.friendsofdaneshilllakes.btck.co.uk.