Ladycross Nature Reserve
Slaley, Northumberland view north from Ladycross
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can you help us?
Despite some restoration of income from our walks, with winter approaching we still need extra funds to keep the bird feeders well stocked with food.
We are asking if you could continue to support this by donating bird food or making a donation to enable us to buy it. We buy our bird food from Poltross Enterprises in Haltwhistle. They deliver to Joan's home in Juniper, because the reserve is closed. You can visit their website to see what they offer, and email them at or ring 01434 321111. Their prices are competitive but you may have your own regular supplier. If you buy from another source and want to deliver, then please contact Joan at 01434 673245. If you would like to make a donation, cheques should be made out to Ladycross Nature Reserve. We really do appreciate your continuing support.
During the pandemic, members have been sending us a wonderful selection of photographs taken in their gardens and on their exercise walks. The ones for the current year appear on the right hand side of this page as we receive them. You can view last year's photographs by clicking here


Work on the Reserve
Thanks to John, Roger and our new volunteers, the new deciduous trees have been going in at Ladycross - excellent to see some new planting.

Among them is some Alder Buckthorn, which we hope in time might attract Brimstone butterflies, whose caterpillars use it as their food plant.

A few members' photographs The birds are from Richard Lorgnone - including a kingfisher at the bottom of the garden in Riding Mill - how lucky is that!. The Mediterranean Gull was at Newbiggin on Sea and the Sanderling at Beadnel.

Lovely autumn colours on the river at Hexham, by Nancy Anderson

And one of the several fine sunsets we have had recently, by Ian Hancock

We had a very well supported fungus foray in October. This year it was led by Doug MacCutcheon, who proved to be an excellent substitute for Gordon - although we did miss Gordon's jokes!. Despite a very wet start, the weather cleared and over 30 species were found. Our thanks go to Doug, and to all who supported the foray. It raised over £130 for LXNR funds.

Last year's wonderful pictures and reports of your encounters with local wildlife enormously helped to lighten the gloomy situation. We hope you will continue to provide your photographs and reports this year. To get us off to a good start, here are a few photographs taken over the last couple of weeks' distinctly wintry weather, which at least produces some great skies!

Rainbow at Colpitts, sent in by Jean Elphick

Winter skies, by Mary Oswell and others

Trees and tree-stumps look pareticularly good at this time of year, showing off their skeletal structures and their textures of moss and lichen.John Fraser and Ian Hancock