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News & Events

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

FOLL bird news update

The WhatsApp based bird news service is proving to be successful, with several users regularly contributing their sightings of rare/uncommon species from around Dinton Pastures CP and Lea Farm GP. This has taken the onus away from Fraser to provide all the bird news, as was the case with the Twitter based service, whilst also … read more

FOLL Annual General Meeting

This year’s FOLL AGM will be held at 19.30 on Tuesday 19th January at the Emmbrook Room in the Dinton Pastures main car park on Davis Street, Hurst. All FOLL members are welcome and more details can be found on the ‘Events’ page.

Bridge repair completed

The repair work on the green bridge over the Emm Brook was completed within the three days allocated, so Lea Farm GP is once again accessible from Sandford Lane.  Here is a photo of the replacement woodwork:

Bridge closure for repairs

The green bridge over the Emm Brook will be closed for repairs on December 14th, 15th & 16th, so there will be no access to Lea Farm GP for those 3 days.

Ringed gull sighting

Tim Ball from Reading & Basingstoke Ringing has sent us details of one of the Black-headed Gulls rung at Lea Farm GP.  22P6 was rung here in 2014 and no sightings of the bird had been reported until it was seen at St Jean du Doigt, plage de Plougasnou, Finistere, France on 29/10/15. This is by … read more

Hedge laying at Lea Farm GP

21/10/15 Thanks to Peter Scudamore, Conservation Reading on Wednesday (CROW) have joined up with FOLL to lay the hedge alongside the footpath at Lea Farm GP. CROW pay an annual visit to Dinton Pastures to help with conservation work, but this was their first ever visit to Lea Farm GP and despite poor weather conditions … read more