Posted by: lensweb | October 7, 2011

Website Makeover

If you have not visited the LENS website for a while, you will discover that it has been given a makeover. Having been nominated as web manager (webmaster) for LENS at the last committee meeting, I have set to work adding new sections and content, with the aim of increasing our web presence and membership.

Of particular note, we now have a Latest News (blog) section, and you may have also discovered that our very hard working secretary, Marion Bryce, has provided us with back issues of several LENS bulletins in pdf format. These can be either viewed online or downloaded from the Bulletin section. Having only joined the society recently, I have found reading these publications very informative, and I recognise the historic and scientific importance such resources have in the public domain, so thank you Marion.

The Programme section now also contains details of the Friends of Forbes Hole task days, provided by Marion Farrell of Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire. Please note that the work sessions on the reserve have been moved from Fridays to Tuesdays. If like myself, you can never remember dates, there is now no excuse, as we now have a Calendar and Diary link for you (see under Events section in side bar).

We also have a page dedicated to Forbes Hole. Although there are several other nature reserves in the area, arguably all deserving of a page of their own, we have a significant amount of records and historical information relating to Forbes Hole in particular, and I know the site holds a special importance to our current chairman, Alan Heath, who has studied and recorded the pond life for many years.

Last, but not least, Alan Heath has been compiling weather records for Long Eaton since 1960, and it was felt that the website would not be complete without a dedicated Weather page.

Note: To increase font/display size on the webpage you are browsing, try the keyboard shortcuts;

Windows PC;
Ctrl and +  (to zoom in)
Ctrl and – (to zoom out)

On the Mac;
Cmd and +
Cmd and –

The above shortcuts may or may not work, depending on the web browser you are using.

RSS Feed

The LENS RSS feed contains content from our blog (Latest News) posts. Many email clients allow you to add an RSS feed subscription to your list of accounts (and there are many free RSS Reader applications, both online and offline) and will track feeds for you just like email – downloading new messages automatically with your email into a special section. It also saves a copy of each feed item just like an email.

The address of the LENS feed is:

You can also access the feed from this website by clicking the RSS icon in your browser’s address bar – usually orange (perhaps blue in Safari) or by clicking the LENS RSS Feed icon at the bottom of the right hand panel.

It is also possible to incorporate feeds from other websites, which I have done with the Erewash Valley Wildlife and Attenborough Nature Reserve Sightings feeds in the right hand panel…the wonders of modern technology!

For anyone new to computing, please refer to the following: BBC WebWise – a beginners guide to using the internet.

David Gell


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