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RE: Goyt Valley Local Nature Reserve - Offerton


Mon 20.4.09

LITTLE EGRET - flew NNE from the direction of Middle/Goyt Hall Farms area at 7.20pm, viewed distantly through my scope from my back bedroom windowjawdrop.gif

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I was so astonished jawdrop.gif by yesterday's news that I forgot to post my sightings.

Was there again from 07.30 - 11.00 this morning but no sign of large raptors today.

Yesterday and today combined produced:

Poise Brook/River Goyt

2-4 Mandarins
2 Grey Wagtails
A noisy mobbing blackbird gave away a roosting Tawny Owl which was out in full view
3 Chiffchaffs singing
Buzzard mobbed by Carrion Crows overhead
6 Jays together in a noisy party
Bullfinch (pair)
Lots of GS Woodpecker activity
Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Great Tit nesting
Nuthatch, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Robin, Dunnock, Wren all on territory


Goyt Hall Farm area:

2 Little Owls enjoying the sunshine
2 male Yellowhammers (singing)
1 Swallow
Skylark (singing)
12 Linnets
2 pairs of Lapwing displaying
Song Thrush with nesting material
Imm Mute Swan (fishing pools)
2 Grey Herons (fishing pools)

Cheers, John

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Andy Bissitt wrote:

In case you don't see it all you Goyt Valley birders, see my Red Kite posting of today. You never know, it might stick around.


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Bloody Hell, I was working this patch quite hard yesterday and today. Right place wrong time!

Well done Andy,

Cheers, John

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In case you don't see it all you Goyt Valley birders, see my Red Kite posting of today. You never know, it might stick around.


Andy B

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John,

I went past Goyt Hall farm again this evening and saw neither Swallow nor Yellowhammer.

Nigel.

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Nigel Troup wrote:

One Swallow back at Goyt Hall Farm this beautiful evening. Sadly, I could find no sign of Yellowhammer, but Lapwing were present, also three Mandarin Ducks on the Goyt near the kennels.






Hi Nigel,

No Swallow at GHF this morning but a male Yellowhammer was in the hedge opposite the farm. Sod's Law!

Cheers, John

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One Swallow back at Goyt Hall Farm this beautiful evening. Sadly, I could find no sign of Yellowhammer, but Lapwing were present, also three Mandarin Ducks on the Goyt near the kennels.

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Hello John,

There was a bit of banter in the local press about that path but I didn't pay it much attention. I think there was a bit of a dispute about the suitability of the path as it stood, and that it was either dangerously slippy for horse riders or cyclists - I don't remember which.

As for the LNR article - don't knock it!! It took a very heated exchange of e-mails with a very prickly councellor just to get them to mention anything to do with the environment in the 'Review' (other than collecting bottles, of course). As far as I an aware, and as I previously stated, the only LNR in the vacinity is at Poise Brook. Maybe this is their 'gateway' to the LNR. Whatever, any nature there is purely accidental and nothing to do with the Council or the farmer of Waterside farm.

I once proposed the old 'nursery' alongside the river at Otterspool as a nature reserve as it had potential and some species of note (tree sparrow probably the highest rated). Never came to anything though mores the pity.

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A late afternoon visit to Otterspool. The fields either side of the farm track were newly muck spread and held some good flocks.

Stock Doves 11
Pied Wagtails 17
Mandarin Duck 6-8 (One pair stood in the middle of the 1st LH field)

Also

Chiffchaff singing
Song Thrush 2 (display)
Buzzards 2 (display)
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1

Cheers, John

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Fogg (Poise) Brook - Jim Fearnley Bridge - Otterspool Bridge

A designated Local Nature Reserve now but nothing has changed apart from new signage.


John,

Exactly right. Except it isn't even a LNR. I sit on the committee of Stockport Nature Network and from what I heard at the last meeting the sign was erected without any designation having been made. The whole thing is indicative of Stockport Council who have zero regard for nature.




Hi Andy,

I was up round Otterspool again recently and wondered if you could shed any light on the new and expensive looking cream tarmac strip that now runs a few hundred yards down the centre of the dead-end road from Otterspool to Waterside Farm.

It surely can't be a cycle track can it? It doesn't seem to have any meaningful purpose except perhaps to use up a bit of budget before year end. I could certainly think of better conservation uses for that money.

The local political rag, 'The Stockport Review', this week carried a small article where Stockport Council were fairly self-congratulatory over the creation of LNRs. Is Offerton LNR still not officially designated then?

I notice that the 'story board' by Jim Fearnley Bridge has already been vandalised.

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-- Edited by John Rayner on Tuesday 24th of March 2009 02:24:22 PM

-- Edited by John Rayner on Tuesday 24th of March 2009 04:31:08 PM

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Otterspool - Goyt Hall Farm (20th Mar)

2 Chiffchaffs singing
1 Treecreeper
2 Stock Doves
c20 House Sparrows (GHF)
1 male Yellowhammer (GHF)
male Sparrowhawk (GHF)

Cheers, John


-- Edited by John Rayner on Friday 20th of March 2009 04:40:18 PM

-- Edited by John Rayner on Friday 20th of March 2009 06:29:26 PM

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Chiffchaff singing near River Goyt, past Riverside farm.

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Nice birding between the snow flurries.

16 Mandarin overhead
15 Meadow Pipits near Goyt Hall Farm (+21 minimum at the sewage works)
23 Lapwing GH Farm
1 Little Grebe on the river (unusual here)

Cheers, John



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Hi John,
Just been down and looked through the mess from the car park, and over the wooden fence in the IP but could not see anything. Having said that it was so cold, I did not hang about.

Geoff

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Thanks John. when I was a lad, that and the car park were reservoirs for the print works, and before my time there was one opposite where the CPP Car Park is.

The one you are talking about is more correctly under CCP as Goyt Valley NR starts at the lane by the bridge,

Will have a look this afternoon for the Snipe, but will not ask how you got access!biggrin.gif

Regards

Geoff

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Geoff Walton wrote:

Hi John, I live there, but don't know "the mill pool" -

Do you mean what was the reservoir next to the Ind.Estate car park??
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Yes that's the one Geoff,

I always thought this was the pool associated with Chadkirk Printworks (owned by CPA). Perhaps I was wrong to call it a Mill Pool.

Cheers, John

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Hi John, I live there, but don't know "the mill pool" -

Do you mean what was the reservoir next to the Ind.Estate car park??
Geoff

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Hi Anthony,

I've sent you a PM,

Cheers, John

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John, where abouts is Chadkirk Mill pool and how do you gain access to it?

Thanks
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Otterspool - Goyt Hall Farm 17th Jan

Pair Goosander
A good count of 18 Mandarin Duck (11m, 7f) on a small sandy inlet
165 BH Gull
1 LBB Gull over
2 Buzzards over

(also 19 Snipe at Chadkirk Mill Pool)

Cheers, John

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Otterspool Bridge - Jim Fearnley Bridge - Holiday Lane - Bongs Lane

A pleasant morning despite the fog.

42 species the best of which were: 23 Meadow Pipits in field near kennels; 1 female Goosander and 1 male Mandarin on Goyt; at the sewage works a minimum 43 Pied Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails and 6 Meadow Pipits.

By Otterspool Bridge a pair of Dipper with the male displaying vigorously and extensively with lots of buzzy songs and much wing quivering. Then the pair made short flights and the whole display was repeated. Not witnessed this sort of behaviour before, is it usual in December?

Cheers, John




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Hi Andy,

All I had in mind for a finch/bunting feeding station was to scatter seed on the ground in the corner of the horse paddock nearest the river/footpath. This is what Eddie King does at Rindle Road to bring in numbers of Yellowhammers, Tree Sparrows, Reed Buntings etc. So, nothing to vandalise. The problems would be seeking both a sponsor to provide the seed and volunteers to keep the station regularly stocked throughout the winter.

Cheers, John

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John,

First of all, let me correct myself slightly. I think the area alongside Poise Brook has actually been acredited 'Local Nature Reserve' status. However the area from Otterspool where a sign actually trumpets the facts certainly isn't.

With regards your feeding station scheme. As I understand one of the display boards at Poise Brook was vandalised very soon after it was erected, I don't feel that a feeding station would last five minutes in what is a fairly out of the way place. There is a bit of a feeding station Chadkirk next to the chapel, but I've never seen Yellowhammer there (it's not far away from Goyt Farm, and it's in a place where yellowhammers used to occur). Never mind, lets count our blessings that we still have something fairly worthwhile.

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Exactly right. Except it isn't even a LNR. I sit on the committee of Stockport Nature Network and from what I heard at the last meeting the sign was erected without any designation having been made. The whole thing is indicative of Stockport Council who have zero regard for nature.



Hi Andy,

Is there any mileage in setting up a feeding station along the lines of Rindle Road. The corner of the horse paddock near Jim Fearnley Bridge might be an ideal place. There are usually winter Yellowhammers in that area, one of the very few places for them that remain locally. With your Stockport Nature Network hat on, could Stockport Council be considered as possible sponsors? As you say putting a couple of signs up doesn't create a Nature Reserve. (I bet I can guess the answer to this one though no.gif)

Cheers, John



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The RSPB bought a farm about ten years ago and started to run and manage the farm so that it benefits wildlife whilst making sure that the farm is still productive and profitable.

Can the GM birders approach a local farmer with a view to encoraging him (or her) to start to change some of their farming practices which would ultimately assist wildlife. If this is possible, maybe it could be done on a couple of farms in different areas of the county, and possibly with farms which are well known and maybe influential?

Would definitely benefit lots of areas, such as the mosses??

There is a dedicated page to farming on the rspb web site under the heading 'our work'

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Ian,

Broadly speaking, you're right. It is an exciting looking area, but it could be so much better if only the farms were not green deserts. We've lost so much from this general area (tree sparrow, spotted flycatcher, grey partridge to name but a few), and more will follow unless something positive is done instead of just letting the woods and a few other 'wild' bits it fend for themselves.

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I was working in Marple today and in the course of our duties noticed this sign whilst out and about. Cracking looking area though, despite not being able to stop!

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Fogg (Poise) Brook - Jim Fearnley Bridge - Otterspool Bridge

A designated Local Nature Reserve now but nothing has changed apart from new signage.


John,

Exactly right. Except it isn't even a LNR. I sit on the committee of Stockport Nature Network and from what I heard at the last meeting the sign was erected without any designation having been made. The whole thing is indicative of Stockport Council who have zero regard for nature.







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Fogg (Poise) Brook - Jim Fearnley Bridge - Otterspool Bridge

A designated Local Nature Reserve now but nothing has changed apart from new signage.

Corvids - many
Finches - few (inc 1f Bullfinch)
Thrushes - few (inc 2 Song & 1 Mistle Thrush)
A general lack of small birds.

On the river :
Heron (3)
Goosander (5m, 4f in 3 seperate parties)
Mandarin (4m, 3f)
Kingfisher (1 head banging a fish a few sizes too big for it. Not sure how big minnows get but this looked dark anyway - a young Trout perhaps?)

Cheers, John








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