(This page was last updated on Monday 11th July 2016 06:28am)
Latest News from Beckford Nature Reserve
John Clifford, who was not only instrumental in the acquisition of the Nature Reserve for the village, but spent much of his spare time managing the Reserve. His love of nature and skills as a woodworker have transformed the Reserve into what it is today. It was therefore only fitting that the trustees decided to remember him by commissioning a special seat to be installed in the Reserve overlooking the lake. It has been designed and created by a local craftsman utilising a huge beech tree stump donated by The Dumbleton Estate.
Although not yet finished, the trustees and friends of the Reserve were treated to a preview of the work so far. We were all very pleased with the result, especially John's wife Madelene who said it was 'very John'.
The seat has been decorated with various natural images such as leaves and an acorn. The rear of the seat, which is circular in shape has been carved with the twelve sectors of a clock - another of John's loves. We all can't wait for it to be finished and installed in the Reserve - it will certainly be a popular feature of the Reserve.
16 October 2016, 10:20pm
Tasks for the Working Party on October 29th include...
If time and energy left, we will cut down the small saplings on the Primrose Bank.
16 October 2016, 10:15am
Dates have been proposed for the winter working parties, while the Reserve is relatively quiet.All Saturdays...
As usual, meet at the New Hide and sign in. Details of work to be undertaken and tools/equipment required will be posted on the web site with posters at the reserve 2 weeks in advance.
Please try to make the time available - the more people we have the quicker we can get the work done and 'down to the coffee shop'.
The first jobs will be to...
Attach the new signs to the gates.
Weed the SSSI
Rake up the grass on the North Bank,(assuming it has been cut!)
26 September 2016, 8:25pm
2017 Calendars are now in stock - buy early!
The easiest way is to order via the on-line shop from this website - no minimum orders have been imposed, but if you require posting a flat rate of £5 will apply. Local deliveries are free.
Of course you can always get them at the Village Shop. Next year's calendar has some excellent pictures, taken as always by our local photographers.
17 August 2016, 7:39pm
Tina managed to collect enough material to construct one larger sized bug hotel to replace one of the smaller ones already in the reserve.
Three adults and two children took a whole day to build the new hotel last Friday. We started by digging a recess in the northern bank to make sure the new hotel would be roughly level. Then each of the 4 floors were built up and then stuffed with various bug friendly items. Wooden stakes were used to secure the hotel to the ground to prevent movement over time.
To make sure the hotel would be dry and cosy for the residents a section of the old hide roof was placed on top. Finally, to prevent the local deer population from dismantling the hotel, which happened to one of the old hotels, the whole structure was covered in chicken wire.
The new hotel is clearly visible from the northern footpath and we are now waiting for the first residents to arrive. In fact, some of the garden refuse used in the construction already had some live snails attached, so they will have a head start!
10 July 2016, 8:40pm
This summer we plan to rebuild the “bug hotels”. Our current hotels, which were built a few years ago during one of Beckford Open Garden weekends, have seen better days and now need a re-vamp. If you are not sure what a 'Bug Hotel' is, just have a good look at the picture to the right. Basically, it's a pile of old rubbish fashioned into suitable habitat for a variety of insects. It is not difficult to build (see instructions below), so if you have any of the items listed below, or would like to get involved in the re-build program let Tina know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a message at Beckford shop and she will come and collect...
Tina Brown Trustee and Warden (email@example.com) - I have pallets, straw, and wood (with and without holes!)
16 May 2016, 8:58pm
Click the title above to view Menu and how to get tickets. Raffle prizes welcome!
26 January 2016, 4:37pm
On Friday March 4th there will be a Village Supper at The Beckford Inn. There will be a choice of main courses and desserts for £15 per head. Further information soon.
15 January 2016, 2:37pm
I have now updated the photo gallery. It now looks different!Click on the title above to see.
You can also upload your own photos to add to the gallery - just login and then go to the Upload Photo menu item under the Friends top menu.
Please feel free to add any of your photos to the gallery so that others can enjoy them too. If you wish to add a link to your own website or web gallery you can also do this.
11 January 2016, 5:05pm
Despite the very cold wind this morning a few people turned up (6 of us) to complete some of the tasks on Tina's list (see below).
Some of the steps on the north bank needed some new supports for the log steps, also some of the logs had rotted away and needed replacing.
The woven barrier on the west end of the lake, just below the steps from Court Farm Lane had finally collapsed and was replaced by a more substantial barrier, which we hope will last longer and be easier to repair in the future.
The main entrance gate from the Ashton Road had become rusty and a repainting job was started at the last working party. This was finished off today, so we now have a 'posh' looking gate.
The new bench, in memory of John Clifford is nearly ready for installation, so some preparation work was required to accommodate the bench and allow users of the bench to have a good view over the lake. Some brambles that would obstruct the view were cleared, the path nearby was tidied and the edging repaired. The new bench will replace the old bench, which has now seen better days.
21 November 2015, 2:39pm
There will be a working party on Saturday Nov 21st 9.00-11.00
Clothing, suitable for dealing with brambles.
11 November 2015, 10:41pm
It was lovely to see two adult and one fully grown cygnet this afternoon on the lake, preening themselves and enjoying the rain.
5 November 2015, 3:42pm
Don't forget to renew or join the 200 Club to be in the October draw on Wednesday 7th October!
5 October 2015, 5:49pm
The new 2016 calendar is now available. You can purchase the calendars from any of the trustees, calling in at the Village Shop or using the on-line shop on this website.
29 September 2015, 3:58pm
...for a meal for 4 at The Beckford. Raffle tickets £1 for 5 available at Beckford Stores. Winning number will be drawn at the AGM on October 9th 2015
13 September 2015, 12:34pm
Click on title above for more information. It is hoped to have another Bat Walk soon.
7 September 2015, 9:13am
We are now currently looking for suitable pictures to include in next year's calendar. Please contact either Tina (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Andy (email@example.com if you have any suitable photos. The digital files will need to be original camera files, not files modified for display on a computer as they will have to be printed. This will form part of our fund raising activities.
13 July 2015, 7:17pm
It has come to our attention that there are still people allowing their dogs to roam free in the Nature Reserve. It is particularly important at this time of year (nesting season) that your dog is kept on a lead to avoid disturbing the mating birds and other wildlife. Beckford Nature Reserve is a nature reserve, not a convenient dog exercise yard!
Please act responsibly and keep your dog on a lead while in the Reserve.
15 March 2015, 5:03pm
John was a co-founder of Beckford Nature Reserve, a Limited Company registered as a Charity in April 2007. Beckford Nature Reserve purchased the site from Huntsman’s Quarries in May 2008. John's contacts and wealth of experience as Parish Tree Warden made him an invaluable Trustee until he had to retire on reaching the age of 72. He then created the role of Conservation Warden, concentrating his efforts on the maintenance of the Reserve. He stood down as Warden in 2014 but continued to have an active interest in the Reserve. John was a quiet, kind, unassuming and generous hearted man who had a wonderful way of imparting his extensive knowledge to others. He will be sadly missed by the Trustees and all who knew him. We will always be grateful for his dedication in making Beckford Nature Reserve the wildlife haven that it is today.
14 February 2015, 9:15am
We had a successful working party last Saturday. The list of work was very full but we had a good turnout and managed more than we expected. We will require further working parties to complete the task on the SSSI gravel face.
While clearing the ditch we discovered a 'spring' which started filling the ditch as fast as we could clear it, but by the end of the session the flow had subsided. All the brambles in front of the face were up-rooted, ready to build up a bank from the scree to be removed from directly below the face.
The chippings placed around the old hide now means we can have dry feet.
A big thank you to all those who turned up to help.
2 February 2015, 2:43pm
There will be a working party on Saturday 31st January between 9:00 and 11:00 in the morning. The main task it to complete the work to tidy up the gravel bank (SSSI)...
As you can see, there is a lot to do, so ALL the help we have the easier it will be. If you have any spare time, come along to the new hide - near the Ashton Road entrance and sign up for helping. Thanks.
23 January 2015, 10:33am
Tewkesbury Direct , a free magazine delivered to people in the Tewkesbury area has a regular feature written by Jack Walker where he describes various walks in the Tewkesbury area. The January 2015 issue includes a walk around the Beckford Nature Reserve and he describes the Reserve as 'Beckford's Hidden Gem'. If you don't receive this magazine, you can view his walks by visiting the link in the title above.
30 December 2014, 4:33pm
Please take a look at the article written by Paul Whitehead for the Nature Reserve about the importance of the site as a historical landmark, and why we should make sure the SSSI area is preserved. We would like to thank Paul for preparing this report for us. Click on the title of this news item to view the report, or go to Reports/Miscellaneous/Ecohistory Please note that all material in the report is copyrighted by Paul and should not be reproduced without his permission.
10 November 2014, 8:24pm
We will be having another autumn working party on Saturday 29th November between 9.00 and 11.00 am.
Jobs to be done ...
9 November 2014, 10:47pm
There is going to be an extra prize in our December Draw. First prize will be £100 followed by £50, £25, 2 x £15 and a £10. Not too late to buy a number, there are 10 months still to go!! Contact Jayne and Dave Allchurch on 01386 881282 or see Geoff in the Beckford Stores for your entry forms. Alternatively, just order from the on-line shop on this website.
6 November 2014, 6:46pm
A working party has been arranged for Saturday October 18th at 9: 00am. Click on the link above for more details.
1 October 2014, 5:58pm
A few tickets are still available for the Village Supper, but I do need to have final numbers by Tuesday 30th September. Tickets from Beckford Stores or email via website.
28 September 2014, 7:48am
The new calendar for 2015 is now available. You can order the calendar either by contacting Tina - see contact us, calling in at the Village Shop, or ordering directly from the on-line shop (just click on the title above).
14 September 2014, 10:22pm
This years Village Supper will be a Curry Buffet on Friday 3rd October at Beckford Village Hall. The catering will be provided by Rogan Josh Indian Takeaway. Josh Krori is the son of Sam Krori of Curry Corner in Cheltenham. There will be a two Starters with Poppadoms & Chutneys, Three Main Curries, Two Vegetable Curries and Rice. Tickets re £15 each and are available from Beckford Stores or book through the contact page on this website. Please bring your own liquid refreshments and glasses. There will be a Raffle and Cards & Calendars will be on sale.
27 August 2014, 1:44pm
The 7th Annual General Meeting will be at 7. 30 pm on Friday October 17th 2014 at Beckford Village Hall. All are welcome.
27 August 2014, 1:14pm
The new calendar for 2015 has been compiled and will shortly be going to print - keep an eye on this website for details on where and how to get your copy. It will be available in a number of local outlets and also on this website for delivery.
2 August 2014, 11:25am
Saturday 15th march, a working will be held at Beckford nature reserve, we hope to plant 420 saplings kindly sourced by the Beckford WI, from the woodland trust, please bring a spade if possible, strong gloves and shoes are a must.
6 March 2014, 7:58pm
Due to very bad weather, the working party has been cancelled for tomorrow ref Health and safety reasons.
14 February 2014, 4:33pm
There will be a working party on the 15th feb, weather conditions permitting of course, this is to lay the chippings we had delivered and hopefully tidy up the quarry face if we have time. As normal strong shoes and gloves needed.
8 February 2014, 4:31pm
A new notice board has been mounted in the Rupert Ellis hide on the north side of the reserve. The notice board was donated by the family of John and Margaret Lodge in celebration of their diamond wedding anniversary in 2013. It was made from local oak by Nick Hopkins and will be used to keep visitors up-to-date with the latest news about the reserve.
22 December 2013, 11:25am
A Working Party has been arranged on Saturday 7th December. Please click on heading above for more information.
27 November 2013, 1:07pm
Last Friday's supper was a well-supported and enjoyable evening. Thanks to Sue and her team for the excellent catering, all those who helped and donated raffle prizes and everybody who supported the event, we raised over £300 for BNR funds. We are also grateful to Alistair Humphries and all those who joined in the recent Parish Walks for raising £33
21 October 2013, 4:59pm
Just a reminder that the deadline for ordering is 10th October. Tickets are limited so book now! For menu choices click the link above.
7 October 2013, 11:30am
The New 2014 Calendar is now available to purchase in the on-line shop - just click on the link above, or select 'shop' from the menus above.
5 October 2013, 10:05pm
The new 2014 calendars are now on sale. Some have already been sold at the AGM, which was held on Friday 4th October. They will also shortly be available to buy via the on-line shop on this website, at the village shop or any trustee. There is however a slight error on one of the picture captions - see if you can spot the error!
5 October 2013, 7:28pm
This year's AGM will be held on Friday 4th October at 7. 30 in the Village Hall. Following the AGM and a short break for refreshments, Roger Umpleby will give a presentation on the local entomology.
1 October 2013, 1:48pm
Last Saturday we finally managed to lay the chippings down for the disabled path, with the help of all the usual volunteer's and Simon Rose from Place Maintenance, who kindly gave us a hand, and with the use of his wacker plate compacted the chippings down to a hard surface for wheel chair access. another two bags will be needed to complete this task at a later date, again many thanks to all who helped on the day.
30 September 2013, 6:30pm
About four weeks ago myself and one of the other wardens took a walk around the reserve, we caught sight of two king fishers, one flew along the north edge of the lake and the other flew diagonally to the south east corner. this was a fantastic sight too see and lets hope we see a return visit.
13 September 2013, 4:24pm
We have decided to organise another working party ref the spreading of the chippings, the last attempt was halted by weeds growing through the path, some of the weeds have now been cleared ready for the laying of the new chippings. and thank you to those who came last Saturday.
13 September 2013, 4:13pm
A working party will be held on Saturday 7th of September,this will for spreading the chippings on the existing path that leads up to the disabled hide. please wear strong shoes and gloves,and bring a wheel barrow if possible,many thanks,TM.
29 August 2013, 5:47pm
Our thanks to David Glenn of Huntsmans Quarries for generously supplying us with three bags of gravel to top up the footpath from the gate to the new hide. If there is enough left over we will try and alleviate the muddy nature of the footpath to the west of the lake. We are very grateful to David for his continuing interest and support for Beckford Nature Reserve. GS
29 August 2013, 11:56am
Following last years enjoyable evening, the trustees decided to hold another Village Supper. Last year was a sell-out, so book early! For further information and menu choices see poster under "Reports > Miscellaneous > Village Supper" or click the link above.
28 August 2013, 11:42am
Friends of the Nature Reserve should receive an automated email as a result of this entry on the News Page. If you have received the email and you have any questions, please reply to the email and I will try to answer them. Your login to the website (details included in the email) will allow you to add news items and sightings to the website.
19 August 2013, 8:02pm
The way this website manages the 'friends of Beckford Nature Reserve' has changed....
As a Friend of the Reserve you will have a login to this website, which will entitle you to add sightings to the sightings database; and also receive an automatic email notification whenever a news item is added to the site. You may opt out of this facility if you wish (the default for new friends is opted IN). Once you have logged in the website there will be an extra menu item under 'friends' called Account Update, where you can change your email address and whether you would like notifications by email.
As this is new functionality, which I have tested, there may still be some errors in the code - please let me know using the 'Contact Us' page.
18 August 2013, 6:33pm
Two 125W Mercury Vapour bulbs were operated 100m apart in transparent acrylic Skinner Traps from 9pm to midnight. Total number of species recorded 42, of which micro species 10, and macro species 32
Favourite moth: Mother of Pearl. As its name says, this (micro) moth has the colour of "mother of pearl". It also shows how misleading the label "micro" is - the moth can measure 40mm wing span
Best named moth: Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet which has a dark b......(you've guessed!). Closely followed by Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.
Most challenging identification: Common Footman / Scarce Footman / Dingy Footman.
Most striking moth: Scorched Carpet - cream wings, edged with black lace
Fluffiest moth: Dusky Thorn - biege with pink shading, with a densely scaled body and shoulders
Thanks to all (18) who attended, making this a successful NMN evening in introducing the fascinations and challenges of MOTHING! And a big thankyou to those who helped set up and put away the equipment.
16 August 2013, 3:19pm
Our Nature Reserve needs regular care to ensure the wildlife flourishes. This costs money - so please support our Reserve by buying Cards and Notepads, making a donation or joining the 200 Club for a monthly cash prize. You have a number of ways you can do this ...
Call in at the Village Shop to buy cards/notepads or make a donation
Drop a donation in the box attached to the southern hide
The simplest way - go to our on-line shop where you can choose how you help
Join the club by buying one of more tickets to enter the monthly draw - your chances will be much higher than the National Lottery or the Premium Bonds.
The winning tickets numbers are drawn each month by a member of the public in The Beckford, and winners will receive their prize within the week. Every member of the club (i.e. those who buy at least one ticket) will receive a list of the winners just before the 'renewal date' for membership. The monthly winners will be posted on this website and on a notice in Beckford Stores.
Please contact Jayne or Dave Allchurch on 01386 881282 for more information about joining the club or go to our on-line shop to buy your tickets.
Current and past winners can be seen to the right...
There are two hides around the lake to observe the population of the lake. One hide on the south side of the lake is totally enclosed. This hide is secured by a combination lock - if you wish to use the hide, please contact one of the Nature Reserve trustees for the latest combination number. The hide contains a log book to log any sightings you may have while visiting the Nature Reserve (although a better and faster way to register sightings is via the sightings page on this website.
The second hide on the north side of the lake is specially designed to accommodate wheel chair access and is open at the rear. This hide was sponsored by the Evesham Round Table in memory of Rupert Ellis who was a prominent member of the Round Table and one of the dedicated group of volunteers who arranged for the purchase of the Reserve from Huntsman's Quarries. A plaque has been erected on the hide in his memory.
The logs contained in the South Hide are regularly taken down and made available on this website - just use the menus above to access the various reports.