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Wildlife Recording Showcase at Brockholes Nature Reserve, March 17th

For anyone interesting in learning more about recording wildlife, here’s some info received from the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside about an event taking place soon at the Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. You can find details of how to book by selecting the link to the flyer below.

We’d like to invite you to our ‘Wildlife Recording Showcase’ on Saturday 17th March 2018 at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. This event is aimed at beginners and longstanding recorders, recording groups and community groups who want to find out about recording wildlife and get some help when recording in Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Please see the attached poster for more information.

This event is being held jointly by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Local Groups Project & the Biodiverse Society.

We are currently taking bookings for the event which includes a free lunch! We have limited spaces, so book soon to avoid disappointment! It will also be advertised wider including on Facebook, so feel free to share the event.

The day will include 10 minute presentation slots by local naturalists that will answer questions such as ‘How do I record Beetles?’, ‘I’m interested in the Bats on my local park, how can I get involved in recording these?’, or ‘I just don’t know how to start!’.

There will also be some information stands of local recording groups where you can meet extremely knowledgeable recorders. We have limited space but if you have an opportunity for recording on your local patch, please bring along some information to engage the recorders. If you are bringing more than just leaflets or posters, please let me know in advance so I can make sure we have space for you.

If you would like to book a place, please get in touch before Friday 9th March, confirming your name, the group you are representing and any dietary requirements you have. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

LWT Wildlife Recording Showcase Flyer


Fell Ponies

Ascot and Bee will be leaving tomorrow (Good Friday) after a first attempt at grazing rushes. They have clearly been eating clumps of rush round the edges of Big Meadow even if the overall rush coverage hasn’t changed a great deal. They have also been much admired for their decorative qualities and their occasional displays of teenage athleticism… and they have provided a useful source of manure for some of Fairfield’s gardeners. The FA will be discussing the experiment next month and will hope to decide whether pony grazing would be useful again next winter, perhaps at a slightly different time or even with larger numbers. In the meantime many thanks to their owner, Nicola Evans and to all the volunteers who kept an eye on them every day. They have been in good health throughout, and the picture shows Bee discussing with her vet last Friday the pros and cons of her annual flu and tetanus injection. The vet persuaded her to go for it.

More pony grooming

A return visit last Friday (19 February) with volunteers who’d not been able to join us the previous week. Bee and Ascot were more willing to be caught than last time (though Bee was busy with a mouthful of rushes and needed coaxing to join us), and seemed pleased with the renewed attention (see picture of Bee dozing peacefully). And yes, they are definitely eating the rush – perhaps because it’s colder and there’s less grass to go at, perhaps they’ve only just realised how tasty it is? They’ve got a long way to go, but you can see some chewed off tufts if you look.

Leading Bee and Ascot to the gate

Leading Bee and Ascot to the gate

Even little Fell ponies are quite big!

Even little Fell ponies are quite big!

What are we going to do with this tail??

What are we going to do with this tail??

Even muddy legs get attention

Even muddy legs get attention

Bee is very relaxed!

Bee is very relaxed!

A Successful Day at the Green Fair

Thanks to Ruth and Mandy with help from Helen Easton and Sue Nieduszynska, we made over £650 at the Green Fair last Saturday. The calendars were especially popular and will now be showing the passage of 2015 in Holland, America, Russia and New Zealand.   From Ruth ” We had lots of lovely comments from people who enjoy using the nature reserve/s and orchard. People came to the stall who I have never met before, who are not Members, but said how much they appreciate it.”  We have made useful contacts and may have gained extra volunteers. Well done to Ruth and Mandy.


Tree Bumblebees

Hi everyone 🙂

I was wondering if anyone has seen any Tree Bumblebees (Bombus hypnorum) on the reserve? They’re pretty easy to identify, big black bumblebees with a blob of orange fluff on their backs and white bums!

If anyone has, or does see one, could you please give me a shout on here 🙂 I’m hoping to study them for my dissertation and desperately need to locate a nest in/around Lancaster.

Thanks 🙂10-03-bombus-hypnorum-annel

Recent FA events – thank you!

Just a note to thank you if you were someone who helped set up and/or dismantle for the recent Open Garden event, served refreshments and/or donated baking, or came along for tea and cake.

The weekend was a huge success, and there will also be a donation from Robin Loxam from the entrance charge, the remainder of which is going to the NGS charity.

Please let me know if you are still missing a cake tin or tea towel!

Thank you also to the team that organised the Goods and Promises Auction and for those of you who attended and dug deep into your pockets – the evening was great fun and more money was raised in 3 hours than has ever been raised at any other Fairfield event over the past 17 years! Awesome.

And not forgetting the lovely concert organised by local choir HumHoller’n’sing, a joyous occasion, the venue was packed resulting in a very generous donation to the Fairfield Association, thanks to all involved.

Sponsored swim
I have recently heard that two of our supporters are doing a 5km (200 lengths) sponsored swim, at Lancaster university, this Saturday (23rd June) to raise money for the Fairfield Association. A big thank you to both of you for this incredible effort and for supporting us this way:

This boost to the Fairfield Association coffer from all these events is much appreciated as there have been some major expenses on playground repairs and still some costs related to the storage shed and there will be costs associated with the Flora fields nature reserve.

Thanks for all your support and wishing you a lovely summer.


Easter Egg Hunt – thank you!

Jaci and I have been busy bagging up and delivering all the extra egg hunt goodie bags. A very big thank you to all who helped with the egg hunt. With so many people attending your help was invaluable and very much appreciated, not just by myself but everyone who attended yet another successful Fairfield event.

Can you believe that 137 children took part in the egg hunt, many coming from all corners of Lancaster. Jaci and I could not believe the length of the queue we had shortly after 2 pm. With it being such a cold day, we had prepared for what we thought was an optimistic eighty hunters. So lots of IOUs given out!

And of course, another big thank you to our cake makers. You never fail us!

We also had a record number of Easter bonnets too. Each bonnet wearer received a beautifully made egg cosy donated by one of our Fairfield members. Unfortunately I do not have the persons name so if you know who made them please thank them for me.

Well done all!

Easter Egg Hunt

Join us for the ever-popular Easter Egg Hunt at Fairfield Orchard, Easter Monday (1st April), 2-4 pm

  • Easter Egg Treasure Hunt (£1.50 per child)
    Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Egg decorating
  • Childrens Easter Bonnet competition (come with an Easter Bonnet that you have made)
  • Refreshments and cakes
  • Bonnet judging to take place at 3.30 p m

If you able to help us with the Easter Egg Hunt – baking cakes, serving refreshments, helping with the children’s egg decorating or the egg hunt itself, it will be much appreciated! Please give Tony a call on Lancaster 36426 or reply to this post. Many thanks.

 Easter Egg Hunt Flyer