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Volunteer walks The Ridgeway National Trail to raise money for FOLL

We have fantastic news, this summer one of our newer volunteers – Giuliana Sinclair, will be walking the entire 140km length of The Ridgeway National Trail and is looking to raise funds for FOLL through sponsorship of her efforts! Giuliana is hoping to raise sufficient funds to buy two new owl boxes, one for Barn … read more

FOLL and Thames Water habitat improvement project

FOLL & Thames Water are very excited to report an exciting project to improve and expand important habitat at Lavell’s Lake. The project already started 17th October and involves excavating a huge new section 120 long by 25 metres deep of Phragmites reed bed, re-dig of the Tern scrape, new irrigation ditches, a brand new … read more

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