Visit the grey seals at Donna Nook

For the past few weeks, hundreds of grey seals have been “hauling up” on the dunes at Donna Nook, near North Somercotes, as they do every year at this time. If you want to see them with their newborn, now’s the time to make the trip – they will be going back to sea as soon as their newborn are ready.

Donna Nook Nature Reserve is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife trust, whose volunteers are on hand to answer questions and make sure that both seals and humans are kept safe. You will need to travel by road – there is a car park.

This is as close as most people ever get to grey seals in the wild, but you must respect the trust’s guidelines:

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Freiston Shore RSPB reserve

If you are even a little bit interested in bird watching, then the RSPB  reserve at Freiston Shore is well worth a visit, even in winter when brent geese congregate along with ducks such as wigeons, pintails, teals and shelducks. You can spot tree sparrows, yellowhammers and skylarks all year round and in summer you might see nesting wading birds, including avocets and ringed plovers.

You don’t have to be an RSPB member of course, and the reserve is within easy travelling distance from Woodhall Spa – see the map below. The nearest town is Boston and the reserve is only four miles away. There are two car parks and four bicycle storage racks on site.  Dogs are allowed on the designated footpaths and there are no entrance charges. Remember to take you binoculars! Here are some suggestions for a trip at this time of year: Continue reading

Fungi spotting around Woodhall Spa

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Horncastle and Woodhall Spa Area Group are organising a Fungi Spotting Walk, scheduled for Sunday 30th October, starting at 10am in the Woodhall Country Park, on Stixwould Road. The walk is free, and should take about two hours or more. Check here for updates to the event date – subject to the summer weather bringing forward the fungi season. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather on the day.

“Come along and learn more about fascinating fungi. Please note that specimens will only be taken for further identification, none will be gathered for consumption!”

Gibraltar Point Centre and Gunby Hall

Full marks to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust for the splendid new visitor centre at Gibraltar Point which opened earlier this summer. The spectacular new £1m building replaces the former centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The trust is taking no chances this time – the building is raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

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Learn about the bats at Tattershall Church

From John Dudley:

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, TATTERSHALL
Bat Talk and Watch

See the bats as they emerge from their daytime roost on 26th August 2016, from 7.00pm until 9.00pm (-ish). BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS NUMBERS ARE LIMITED.
Cost: £2.00 per adult, £1.00 per child. Family Ticket (2 Adults & 3 children) £5.00. Light refreshments will be available for purchase
Contact: Ian Nixon: 01205 723342 or 07833 674500
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Gibraltar Point news

Last Friday I took a trip out to Gibraltar Point, conscious that the building of the new visitor centre must now be well advanced. I was not wrong. The weather was unseasonably fine and sunny all the way there but, as is often the case, the point was shrouded in sea mist when I arrived.

Undaunted I took some shots of the visitor centre development from the car park on my much-derided and battered Nokia mobile, then dropped in to the temporary shop and café. I was working on the theory that the mist would clear as there was an offshore wind blowing. It seemed a fair gamble, having driven all the way there.

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From the village notice boards (Autumn 2015)

A selection of things to do and places to go in or near Woodhall Spa this Autumn, as advertised in the traditional way:

 

 

Halloween:

jubileePark_ball_posterJubilee Park Halloween Ball, Petwood Hotel, October 31, 7pm for 7.30. Tickets are £50 each, including a 3-course dinner, 2 bottles of wine on your table, complimentary bubbles on arrival and entertainment by ABBA Sensation and Coasty Disco

 

british_heart_logoCharity Social Dance: In aid of the British Heart Foundation, Coronation Hall, 7.30pm. Entry £4. Ballroom, Latin, Sequence and Line dancing. For details call 02526 388675

 

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