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Important Dates for your Diaries

Our Annual Quiz is on Saturday October 24th and the AGM on Friday 20th November. These are very important events in the FRL calendar so please do make an effort to come along. Details of both are in the Future Events section at the end of this newsletter.

Radley Neighbourhood Plan

Radley Parish Council intends to produce a 'Neighbourhood Plan' for Radley. Such plans set out a community's aspirations for their area; once they have been adopted, they carry formal weight in the planning system. The Radley Neighbourhood Plan offers an excellent opportunity to think about the long-term future of the whole Radley Lakes area, and Friends of Radley Lakes has expressed an interest in contributing to the process. We will keep members informed as matters progress.

New Warden for Thrupp Lake

The new Community Reserves Warden Lucy Tomkinson, appointed by Earth Trust to replace Lorretta Waters, started work in July. Those of you who have met her will know how energetic and enthusiastic she is about her new job and the areas for which she is responsible. She sent us the following message to introduce herself.

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Wildlife News

In early September I love to take dawn walks around Radley Lakes, arriving just before the sun rises above the otherworldly mists.
My anticipation and excitement always begins to rise at this time of year, as I wonder when I will see my first Ivy Bee of 2015. It was with great joy that I saw my first in the Abbey Fishponds Nature Reserve with its distinctive black and white sandy coloured stripes feeding on ivy flowers on the 15th September. One of the earliest records for this year in Oxfordshire! The Ivy Bee (Colletes Hederae) arrived in the UK in 2001 and was discovered by Ian Cross at Langton Matravers in Dorset. Since then, the bee has spread across much of southern England (as far north as Shropshire, Staffordshire & Norfolk) and into south Wales.

                           Ivy Bee feeding on Ivy Flowers © Jo Cartmell 


Jo Cartmell
Biodiversity Officer  

Otter News

For some time Dr Bob Eeles, a local ecologist, has been monitoring wildlife locally using a hidden camera. He tells us that whilst otters have never left the area entirely their numbers have been increasing for a few years now and has sent us the following photo to prove their presence.

                           Otter near Abingdon © Bob Eeles

Bats at Radley Lakes

The Radley Lakes area with its combination of wooded areas, lakes and pasture makes ideal habitat for bats as it generates so many insects for them to feed on. A recent bat walk at Radley Lakes led by Dominic Lamb, a local bat expert, and organised by Earth Trust found about 20 people armed with bat detectors listening for bats around Thrupp Lake. The calm, warm evening provided the ideal weather conditions for a bat walk and they were rewarded by the sight and sounds of very many bats out hunting for insects. Dominic Lamb said that it was one of the best bat walks that he’d ever been on with bat calls being heard throughout.


                  Pipistrelle Bat © Lucy Tomkinson


Saturday October 24th
Annual Quiz
This will take place at Radley Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm.
There will be the usual help yourself, delicious, two course meal with a hot first course, a bar and a raffle as well as our main activity, the quiz. Tickets are £12.50 for members and £13.50 for non members. This is our major fund raising event for the year so please do make an effort to come along. It’s also a really enjoyable evening in its own right.

Annual quiz © Steve Stephens
Saturday 21st November  
Radley Village Christmas Bazaar
This will be held from 1pm till 4pm at Radley Village Hall. We will be having our usual tombola stall and also selling a range of our own items.
Saturday 5th December  
Craft Market
This will be held on Abingdon Market place.
We will have a stall at the Christmas Craft market selling our own Christmas decorations, cards, badges and magnets and cakes.

Our stall at the Craft Fair © Steve Stephens

Friday 20th November
This year’s Annual General Meeting takes place at Peachcroft Christian Centre at 7 pm. After the main business of the evening has taken place there will be refreshments and a speaker. Details of the speaker will be sent out later. Please do come along as this is an important opportunity for our members to make their views known and to influence the future direction of Friends of Radley Lakes.

Talk at last year's AGM © Steve Stephens
Saturday 28th November  
Christmas Extravaganza
This will be held in Abingdon Town Centre from 10 am till 6 pm.
We will be having a stall, probably opposite the Black Swan pub, selling Christmas items and doing our usual tombola. There will be live acts on the main stage in the Market Place, donkeys, Punch and Judy, a pig roast and a variety of other charity, community group and craft stalls. The day will end with the switching on of the Christmas lights and a firework display.

Saturday 19th December  
Christmas Stall
We will be selling Christmas decorations, cards , badges and magnets and cakes in our last stall of the year.

Header Photo - Autumn at Thrupp Lake  Â© Jo Cartmell
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