© Steve Marshall / Wild Future

Emma Brading has taken over as our volunteers organiser from Sarah Coombs, who has been doing the job for the past 15 years or so.  Sarah is one of the original FoSL members and has done much for the reserve particularly in the early years of FoSL.  We are very grateful for what she has done and thank her most sincerely.  We're glad to say that she continues as a member.

A recent evening of bat research at the lake has yielded some amazing results. A total of 55 bats were trapped in a single night, of which no fewer than eight turned out to be rare Nathusius Pipistrelle bats. These included one bearing a ring showing that he had travelled around 1,000 miles from Latvia!

We mentioned at this year's AGM that we plan to set up a camera to overlook the heronry on one of the islands in the lake. Recently we met with a company which has installed similar systems around the country, including in the Lee Valley and Dorset. See the full article for two images of the type we expect to be able to display next breeding season.

Did you know that FoSL has its own Facebook page? You can visit it here. Our treasurer, Dick Beeden visited Tichwell RSPB reserve in Norfolk over the weekend. Visit FoSL on facebook to see his video of a bittern.

February 2017