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Male marsh harrier at Langford Lowfields. Photo: Nick Martin, RSPB.A pair of Marsh harriers are now breeding on the RSPB Langford Lowfields reserve in the Trent Vale. The reserve, just north of Newark on Trent, is home to the most extensive area of reedbed in the East Midlands and now to Nottinghamshire’s first breeding pair of marsh harriers too!

The reserve is still connected to a working gravel quarry, but is in the process of being restored. The RSPB’s programme is creating a range of habitats including woodland, a wader scrape and dry grassland. But the highlight of the reserve is its 30 hectares of newly created reedbed, much of which has been planted by volunteers.

The RSPB is increasing the area of reedbed habitat, helping to attract priority species such as otters and water voles. The reserve also provides a link with the neighbouring Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust reserves of Besthorpe and Girton, creating corridors for wildlife and a combined substantial reed habitat in one area.

The reserve at Langford Lowfields has already had an impact on wildlife, attracting other exciting bird species such as bitterns, little egrets, wood sandpipers, bearded tits, lapwings, redshanks and snipe. The reserve will eventually be open to the public, but at the moment it can only be visited by appointment or through guided walks or volunteering.

If you are interested in seeing the Langford Lowfields marsh harriers, go along to one of their fantastic guided walks. Booking essential. Please contact Paul Bennett on 01636 893611 or email paul.bennett@rspb.org.uk.

Dates for the walks are:
Sunday 18 July
Sunday 8 August
Sunday 15 August
Sunday 29 August

Time: 2pm to 4pm. Price: £2 per adult, £1 per child. Stout footwear with a good grip is recommended. Sorry, no dogs.

Visit the Langford Lowfields website.


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A community sculpture which was developed using TVLP funding will be delayed after the discovery of two skeletons just below the soil surface in Gainsborough town centre on 26 May 2010. Contractors working on the town centre regeneration project found the bones on what is thought to be a 12th century graveyard that could have pre-Normal origins.

Silverstreet Artworks sculpture for Gainsborough town centre

Silverstreet Artworks sculpture for Gainsborough town centre

The bones have been temporarily recovered by archaeologists and will be washed and examined. They will be reburied in consecrated ground within two years. Works on the town centre was suspended, which means that installation of the Silverstreet Artworks sculpture will be delayed. The expected date for completion of the main structural work is 9 August.

£1,900 of TVLP funding from our Community Grants scheme helped to involve local young people in the design of the sculpture through publicity and participatory sessions, as well as raising awareness of the Trent Vale wildlife.

The final design is a stunning, specially-commissioned metal sculpture insprired by swifts.

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