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Post Info TOPIC: Brockholes LWT, Preston, Lancashire


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RE: Brockholes LWT, Preston, Lancashire


breeding plumage Spotted Sandpiper showing well on No.1 pit today, in the company of 2 Dunlin

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Four of us went for our first visit today(let the kids go back to school firstsmile.gif) and were impressed, at least when we got round to the two "seated" hides at Pit 1.
1 Sandpiper
2 Dunlin
2 Oystercatchers
1 bathing Curlew
2 Whimbrel
1 Redshank
handful of Greylag's
handful of Lapwing
Some sandmartins
a mixture of LR and R Plover
Cormants
Scaup
GC Grebe
Tuffties


Reed Bunting
Sedgewarbler

Sorry to see one of the hides has been attacked the nutters

Actually took some bumph for my next door and the children





-- Edited by Geoff Walton on Friday 6th of May 2011 06:45:32 PM

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quick visit after a family day trip to morcombe. THe carpark was quoted as £8 for a day but today was £1 asthe machines had packed in. Its a dog free zone by order of the LWT. And at risk of soundimg partial but for a location like this WHOOPEE!! Still a lot of work to do and there appears to be a lot of glass mixed in with hard core on the paths even near the play area. confuse.gif Sightings on brief walk common sand piper 8 oyster catcher, lots of lapwing, 1 curlew, poss 1 whimbrel, 1 redshank in the field the board said it would be, 1 LR Plover, sand martins, several wild Grey Lag Geese and a sky lark over the meadow where the board said it would be. Once the lagoons and marshes have matured this will be a prime site

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Since my last visit a lot of the scaffolding is down from the new centre and you can make out most of the different sized units that make up the whole . From the side that I thought was continuous, I counted at least 10 separate roofs. All units very close and cohesive.
The Sand Martin wall is nearly finished.
I scoped the Number 1 Pit and the Conservation Lake :
Oystercatcher 23
BH Gull c 400
GBB Gull 2
Herons 2 or 3
Mute Swan 5
Canada Geese 6
Cormorant 8
Pochard 5
Lapwing c 30
Goldeneye 10 ...Only 2 drakes
Shovelers 6
Teal 5
Gadwall 6
GC Grebes 3
Tufties c 30
Pied Wagtail 2............ also Coot/Mallard
In the trees:
Linnet 28
Reed Bunting 7
Tree Sparrow 2 ... Actually on a special pod of nest boxes designed for them.
The Management here (Sophie) was delighted with my siting being the first for Tree Sparrows on them. smile.gif
Robins/Blackbirds /Crows /Magpies/Chaffinch /G Tits /B Tits/Pheasant.



-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 4th of March 2011 04:55:09 PM

-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 4th of March 2011 07:22:42 PM

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Don't worry Anne, we know what you mean and to be fair, like visiting Pennington Flash on a sunny bank holiday, if you're after a nice walk and some peace and quiet, you're not going to find it around the nature reserve side! That said, like Brockholes, the birds will still be there none the wiser. Personally and as those who know me can vouch for, I really don't like crowds (and three's a crowd remember ) but atleast at sites like Brockholes, specifically designed for nature and not within the immediate vicinity of large conurbations, I'd expect (probably wrongly!) most visitors to have some appreciation of where they are and why.

The sites needs all those visitors either way



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Dear me, I should be more careful with my comments. No way would I wish to deter any family from attending Brockholes.

As it happens I am going to be a volunteer at Brockholes and hopefully I will be stationed in a hide to help educate the public about birds and wildlife in general. I will also be involved with Children and trying to enthuse them, as I have all my life with my own.

My tongue in cheek remark was meant to be a heads up to birders not to expect too much on Easter Sunday in the way of birds. If you want to come and see the Whimbrels and anything else that may be here, best come another day, or better still in the evening when they come in to roost.

That's all.

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I couldn't agree more Ian,who will we pick on next, ramblers? If young people are not encouraged to take an interest in nature then where will the next generation of birders come from.no.gif

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Well said Ian

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I'm sure I'm missing the winking smileys denoting the tongue in cheek nature of these posts , but it seems we are making ourselves sound an increasingly selfish and unsociable bunch. Recent similar comments at sites in Greater Manchester pour scorn on the general public visiting 'our' birding locations, even though most are certainly not intended just for us (birders). I mean, young children enjoying the great outdoors and potentially gaining some appreciation for nature. How very dare they

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Imagine that , families and young people being encouraged to visit a new flagship reserve on a holiday weekend, what a dreadful thought- make sure we all steer clear.




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The Reserve will be opening to the public on Monday 18 April with an official launch event on Easter Sunday . This includes family events and an Easter egg hunt etc. Best avoid Easter Sunday then. :-p

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It was to me as well, Keith.

Certainly seems a good-sized building. Looking forward to seeing it completed.

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Hi Mike,
Purchased ''Lancashire Life'' today....It was news to me,when you mentioned the article.
My view of the centre, was of one long continuous building, albeit shrouded in scaffolding. This was the view side on from the road.
Yes, Cley hides are a good analogy but my guess is that Brockholes is 2 or 3 times bigger than the Cley centre.



-- Edited by keith mills on Friday 11th of February 2011 05:43:37 PM

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For video updates of the construction work see here:

http://www.lancswt.org.uk/discovery_centre/?page_id=341



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Hi Keith.

Visiting family in Liverpool this week, saw the article in Lancashire Life about Brockholes, with artists impression of the visitor centre. MUCH more in keeping with its' environmentbiggrin.gif Reminded me of the hides at Cley.

I thought it looked to be mostly roof as well.

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Dropped my Daughter off here today as she is going to be a ''Volunteer''.
Had a quick look round ......
A few first impressions :
The £6 million visitor centre will be opened this Easter.
It is Large, but Riggers and Mike C. please note, it does blend in well.
As it is intended to float it is being constructed in a sort of dry dock. This will eventually be called the ''CONSERVATION LAKE''
As I looked at the centre, it appears as 75% ROOF . A giant Dutch Barn springs to mind.
The roofing material is hand crafted OAK TILES, which will eventually weather to silver grey.
Incorporates a Cafe.
A spell of birding produced : In the trees( plenty new nest boxes)...numerous Reed Buntings,G Tits, B Tits, Robins,Dunnock and Blackbirds.
A 'resident' Kestrel. And a flock of 40 Linnets.
On the large Lagoon near the motorway named ''Number One Pit'' there was variety with low numbers:
C 30 Lapwing ,1 GC Grebe, 1 Little Grebe. 6 Cormorants, 4 Goldeneye
6 Oystercatchers, 1 Goosander, 3 Mute swans. Few Canada Geese,Few Tufties,
Few Coot and other stuff I really needed my 'scope for............ Back in March with it.

-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 10th of February 2011 03:21:45 PM

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28/12/10 am

The redhead Smew was still present (2nd day) on the Ribble, about 100yds downstream of the access bridges at 09:15. Four drake Goosanders kept swiming up to it moidering it. It eventually hauled up onto the ice and started preening. A Kingfisher was present, and 7 Goldeneye were up and down the river..

The reserve proper was very quiet, as was to be expected - A Sparrowhawk perched up, a Teal in a ditch, and about 10 Linnets were the best of it. The only open piece of water on the main lake held a raft of mostly Black-headed Gulls with a few Common, some Mallards and Coot.... Spoke to a gent who had seen 2 Barn Owls, a Green Sandpiper and a Stonechat at first light. 7 Reed Buntings and 2 Coal Tits were on the feeders on the way out.

-- Edited by Ian Woosey on Tuesday 28th of December 2010 12:35:07 PM

-- Edited by Ian Woosey on Tuesday 28th of December 2010 12:44:47 PM

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First visit for me, looks like the place has good potenial, lots of birds around even with all the digging, a few herons, loads of mute swans, canada geese, cormorants, buzzards, pochard and tufties, great crested grebe, snipe, reminds me a lot of penny, location points for what looks like about 5 hides, maybe more when completed, all quite nicely put in key locations, the visitor center looks like a modern piece of art, very nice design, looking forward to seeing it finished smile.gif

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Loads of building work today, such a shame was hoping to get some good birding inevileye.gif

Mute swans and Redshank did not seem to be bothered by the work,


Keep Birding

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Yes I had been told about this Hobby and its preferred perch of an M6 lamp, nevertheless I nearly crashed the car when I joined the motorway yesterday and saw it! Brilliant.

Brockholes is coming on in leaps and bounds now and should be officially opened as a LWT Reserve next Easter - just in time for the Whimbrel roost. Cant wait.

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Brockholes LWT, Preston, Lancashire


hobby catching dragonflies then taking them onto a lampost on the m6 sliproad to eat.rest for a few minutes then a repeat performance.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 28th of July 2010 11:00:15 PM

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