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Rook Talk – 20th January 2018

A joint LBC/LNU Meeting – 20th January 2018 – non-members very welcome.Lincolnshire Rooks; Living in the shadow of Ash dieback by Andrew Chick.The talk will look at 70 years of rook studies in Lincolnshire, starting with the1947 LNU Transaction paper and compare the results of the 2017 LincolnshireBird Club survey which inspected over 250 rookeries and counted 5959 nests.During the 1980s a detailed survey of the trees utilised by nesting rooks wasundertaken to assess the likely impact of Dutch Elm Disease on Lincolnshirebirds, some 30 years later we are now assessing the potential impact thatChalara dieback will have on Lincolnshire wildlife?

Rook Talk – 20th January 2018

Fomes fomentarius

Fomes fomentarius at Clumber Park growning on SIlver Birch.

Fomes fomentarius.

Fomes fomentarius is a species of fungus found in the UK. The species produces a relatively large fruit bodies which are shaped like a horse’s hoof and vary in colour from silver grey to black, though they are normally light brown. It grows on the side of various species and shown here growing on silver birch.

Orange Ladybird

The Orange Ladybird is a large ladybird that feeds on mildew (fungus) on trees, particularly Sycamores. This one was in my garden on 6th September 2016.


WWT publishes ‘Rich in Nature’

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust report urges the Government to deliver its promise of a 25-year plan, and also to make itself accountable to Parliament through an annual budget statement on the value of the environment, alongside the value of the economy. In order to fund environmental improvements, the report cites the Norwegian approach, where companies who deplete the nation’s natural wealth have to pay towards renewing it through a ‘sovereign wealth’ fund.

Sabines Gull

A digiscope image of the 2 cal/year bird present at DWT Carr Vale reserve. The bird was observed hawking flying insects!