Tunnicliffe's Anglesey


The Lym Nats talks programme got off to a great start with a very successful Zoom enabled talk from a wild and windy Anglesey.  Many of our members were surprised to discover they were already familiar with the work of wildlife artist CF Tunnicliffe through such media as childhood Ladybird books and editions of ‘Tarka the Otter’ as well as through collecting Brooke Bond tea cards and were fascinated to hear more details of his life and career.  We were also treated to a wonderful photographic tour around the landscapes of Anglesey as well as getting an erudite and well-illustrated introduction to the wildlife and the flora of the island.  Our thanks go to our speaker, Paul Rogers.

22 September Lym Nats Talk


The first talk of the Lym Nats winter programme is at 7.15 pm on 22 September, via Zoom.  

Paul Rogers will look at the wildlife of Anglesey through the eyes of Charles Tunnicliffe, the internationally renowned painter.

Invitations have been sent out to members via email or by post

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28 August 2020 Lym Nats winter walks and talks

Our winter proposed programmes of walks and talks for the forthcoming period from September 2020-March 2021 can be found by clicking on the relevant TABS on the Latest News page.

These events with take place within prevailing COVID-19 guidelines. 

Jersey Tiger © Richard Coomber

25 August 2020 A trial members trial Zoom meeting


There is an opportunity to take part in a trial Zoom meeting on Tuesday 1 September at 7.15pm.

Members should have received an invitation link for this in their email.

There will be a brief introduction about Zoom, followed by a short presentation.

April 2020 and lockdown

It’s a different world out there nowadays and because of the dreaded Covid-19 virus we live by new rules with new phrases such as ‘self-isolation’, ‘social-distancing’ and ‘Book a Slot’ dictating our way of life. So no fortnightly Lym Nats walks around our area and in the New Forest to enjoy the unravelling of spring with its fresh green leaves and emerging flowers, blossoms, butterflies and the arrivals of summer visitors such as Swifts, swallows and warblers. Only a lucky few might hear or see a Cuckoo this spring. 

With the sunshine we enjoyed during April winter’s bare trees turned to green, the early white blossom of Bird Cherry, gave way to Blackthorn, which in turn passed the baton to Hawthorn as April turned to May. Already fledged Blackbird chicks are begging for food from their parents on lawns and roadside verges and hopefully it won’t be long before Swifts return to scream over Lymington.

Blackbird - male feeding recently fledged youngster © Chris Robinson
Nature and wildlife continues as normal, perhaps appreciating a quieter world and less traffic on our roads, so that perhaps birdsong is more noticeable than before and uncut roadside verges are more floriferous than usual. To highlight the changing seasons Lym Nats set up a Facebook group on the internet for our members to stay in touch with one another and to share their sightings - be it from within their gardens or exercise walks. In many ways nature and natural history gives us something to look for and to look forward to as the spring turns to summer.  

Contributors to the Facebook group have shown us newts in ponds, foxes in gardens, a great variety of insects, spring flowers and birds. If you are a Lym Nats member and haven’t yet joined (apologies to anyone who slipped through the net when it was set up) why not consider joining and contributing? The more the merrier! RC

And here are some of the magical April moments from our Facebook pages:

Singing male Whitethroat © Becky Wells
Mistle Thrush with food © Chris Robinson
A Dunnock springs into action © Glynis Payne
Male Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder © Richard Coomber
Wood Anemones and Lesser Celandines © Richard Smith
Narrow-leaved Lungwort © Richard Smith
Three-cornered Garlic - an invasive species © Richard Coomber

Lady's Smock or Cuckooflower © Maureen Fidkin
Green-winged Orchid along Woodside Lane, Lymington © Maureen Fidkin
Mallard ducklings © Mary Mawdsley
Orange-tip - male © Richard Coomber
Garlic-mustard or Jack-by-the-hedge- a food plant of Orange-tip caterpillars © Richard Coomber
Bluebells © Carol Giles
Fourteen-spot Ladybird © Chris Robinson
Adder © Mary Mawdsley

Large Red Damselfly - mating pair © Richard Smith

Honeysuckle Sawfly © Chris Robinson
Early Purple Orchid © Chris Robinson
Stag Beetle - male © Chris Robinson
Green Alkanet © Maureen Fidkin
Streamer (moth) © Richard Coomber

Water Crowfoot © Richard Smith
Hawthorn or May © Richard Coomber

Citizen science - things to do during lockdown and beyond

Rosie Ward has sent this list of activities that came from New Forest National Park 

General species monitoring with Seek by iNaturalist Use this handy app to help identify the species around you in your gardens.

Living Record – join this web based recording system that is accessed the various Hampshire county recorders for flora, butterflies etc

Blooms for Bees Bumblebees are really starting to get going with this warm weather. If you have five minutes, why not spend some time watching a bee friendly garden plant and recording the visitors that arrive with this useful recording app for bumblebees

RSPB #BreakfastBirdwatch The Breakfast Birdwatch takes place daily between 8 am and 9 am – at a time when, normally, many people would have been commuting to work, on the school run or otherwise engaged. Using #BreakfastBirdwatch on social media, they hope to create a friendly, supportive and engaged community who are able to share what they can see in their gardens, on their balconies, rooftops and spaces from their own homes, all the while keeping within government guidelines in relation to COVID-19.

Garden Wildflower Hunt a citizen science project set up by the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland with two aims: to help find out more about the wild plants growing in our gardens; and to give people a way to improve their plant identification skills under lockdown. 

Botanical Society Activities the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland has come up with a list of 10 activities and projects on a botanical theme which volunteers can take part in without leaving their homes, gardens or balconies.  

Seabird Watch is a citizen science project set up by Oxford University to find solutions to the present research gaps using cameras as a monitoring network for Arctic seabird conservation. They need your help counting birds, nests and eggs in our thousands of photos to turn them into data.

Penguin Watch is a citizen science project set up by Oxford University to find solutions to the present research gaps using cameras as a monitoring network for penguin conservation. They need your help counting penguins, chicks, nests and eggs in our thousands of photos to turn them into data. 

Naturehood A citizen science project focused on taking action for wildlife in private gardens, this project encourages the implementation and recording of wildlife friendly actions in communities. Take simple surveys to record changes in your garden wildlife. 

Living with Mammals survey PTES is calling for volunteers to take part in spring’s survey of wild mammals in gardens and local green spaces. Choose a site close to home or place of work, and spend a short time each week looking out for wild mammals or the signs they leave behind. To receive a survey pack contact PTES. 

Garden Butterfly count The Garden Butterfly Survey allows you to record and report the butterflies that visit your garden over the course of a year. Create a free account, submit your sightings and help us learn more about how butterflies are faring in UK gardens.

Join in with Bee-fly Watch 2020  Bee-fly Watch is now into its fifth year. These distinctive furry flies are usually on the wing from March to June, often hovering over flowers and using their long 'nose' (proboscis) to feed on nectar. Once again we are asking people to look out for bee-flies and add your records online.

RHS Cellar Slug Survey This survey asks members of the public to submit records of Yellow Cellar Slug and Green Cellar Slug in UK gardens, along with information about your garden so we can establish any links between habitat features and where these species occur. 

Rainfall Rescue Before 1961 there were actually thousands of rain gauges but the rainfall data has not been transferred from the original hand-written paper records to something digital so that it can be used in data sets. Aiming to fill in the gaps Zooniverse show you images of rainfall data and ask you to transcribe the values. 

MammalWeb is a citizen science project that enlists members of the public to upload camera trap data they capture, to help with classifying the animals pictured in camera trap footage, or both. You don’t need a camera trap to take part, and you can help to build up a picture of the state of our wild mammals in the UK and beyond.

Nature's Calendar What effect has recent weather had on wildlife? Does climate change affect timings in nature? Take part in the Nature’s Calendar citizen science project and help scientists discover answers to these questions. Simply record the signs of spring that you can see from your window or garden: naturescalendar.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Field Studies Council ID kits If you are spending more time getting to know our garden but want extra help with identification check out this online identification kits with the Fields Studies Council.

Heritage Quest Help archaeologists discover traces from our past on high-resolution elevation maps created using lasers mounted on aircrafts (LiDAR) (based in The Netherlands)

Useful links
Here are some more useful links - the Heritage Fund has included many useful tips which includes free virtual tours of galleries and museums, including the Painted Hall at Greenwich.

If you would like to listen to a dawn chorus recorded in the New Forest, visit newforestsounds.co.uk for this and many other recordings.