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Covid-19 Virus

Following the latest government advice we have now re-opened Ron’s hide at Lea Farm, but under a strict booking only basis to members so that we can  limit numbers for social distancing and to manage track and trace.

The maximum people allowed at any one time is 4 people from 2 households

The remaining hides are the responsibility of Dinton Pastures Countryside Service, whom opened these hides and have also requested a limit to occupancy, but as public hides everyone must observe social distancing themselves to remain safe.

Purple Emporer Butterfly

Our lovely friends across the Loddon, Martin, Julie and Jack Jones were kind enough to share the exciting news that a Purple Emporer Butterfly had graced their garden early this week. It is a rare butterfly, last seen 2014 and it brings hope for all of us we might see one around. Photographs thanks to … read more

Mute Swan Breeding Success

Prof Chris Perrins of Oxford University has asked everyone if we can contribute to his study of Mute Swan breeding attempts and success. His article can be found here Swan Productivity 2017 His email is

Vandalism & Antisocial behaviour at Bittern Hide

We are urging everyone to call the police on 999 if you witness anyone taking drugs, under age drinking, or vandalizing any hides. Bittern hide has been targeted many times so far in 2017 and the police have been met with and plans discussed. The latest incident was the evening of 26th April and the … read more

Bittern hide access 7/10/16

Apologies for the late notice, but this sign was spotted at Lavell’s Lake LNR today.

Bridge repairs completed

The past two weeks has seen bridge repairs completed on two bridges in Dinton Pastures that were deemed to be unsafe. The major repair was on the bridge over the River Loddon, connecting Mortimer’s Meadow to White Swan Lake. This work had been planned for some time, but damage to the railings had resulted in … read more

Ron Bryant hide construction

Whilst this is nothing like ‘latest news’ it is certainly ‘news worthy’, as Ron Bryant has made available to FOLL his photos showing the construction of the hide at Lea Farm GP. As you can see from these photos, everything started smoothly enough when work began in September 2009. However, no one had predicted that … read more

Dinton Activity Centre changes

The car park at the Dinton Activity Centre (former sailing club) on Sandford Lane has a very different look about it, with the addition of a new fence and kissing gate at the south end. This is part of fencing off an ‘activities area’ adjacent to the centre’s building and the other noticeable addition is … read more

Lea Farm Tern rafts update

Five years ago Ron Bryant and a team of helpers built the rafts which can be seen on the water at Lea Farm GP, with the purpose of providing somewhere for Common Terns to breed during the summer. Whilst this has been partially successful, there has been a tendency for Black-headed Gulls to populate the … read more

Tree planting at Lea Farm GP

As part of the OVO Energy tree planting initiative, FOLL were joined by The Conservation Volunteers – Berkshire (TCV) on their January 2016 work party. TCV supplied over 200 berry bearing shrubs, which were planted alongside the hedge next to the public footpath on the River Loddon. These shrubs should provide a good source of … read more

Lavell’s car park closure

Lavell’s car park is closed on January 28th & 29th due to a film crew setting up there for those two days. A FOLL member was told they are filming a jam commercial in one of the houses opposite Hurst Grove. Film crew take over the car park