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RE: Brockholes LWT, Preston, Lancashire


Called in approx 4.25pm for roughly 15 mins on way back from Bowness delivery due to tacho instruction.

Surely Rob, that should read 45mins.....for a tacho instruction, not that i work for VOSA or anything...

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Late post for Wednesday 11th June.

Called in approx 4.25pm for roughly 15 mins on way back from Bowness delivery due to tacho instruction.

1 Black Swan
Oystercatcher pair with chicks
Few Lapwing
1 Reed Bunting
Black-headed Gulls and juveniles
Usuals

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Sad news, just in from Brockholes via Facebook: Curlew chicks predated this morning by Carrion Crow.
One seen being carried off. Not clear if they have all gone.

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Another good afternoon here in glorious weather:

Leaving the car park a ''flock'' of 5 Grey Heron passed over as they dropped onto Meadow Lake. 11 were on the board as on the River, and later 7 were at The Lake.
Kestrel....3 over together.
Avocet... the breeding pair (first record here) were on No 1 pit Island. The 2 or 3 chicks not seen, but brooding
almost certainly taking place.
The large No I pit Island was nearly all covered with Ox Eye Daisy and was well stocked with Waders etc.
Lapwing ( 19 pairs) with young, Oystercatchers with young, Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover,
Black-headed Gulls with Juveniles, Redshank.......Curlew see below.

On arrival at the Backless Hide the pair of Curlew, on the Island, were very agitated at constantly flying across
the channel, and around the Hide.
Things soon became clear as, one by one, 3 Curlew chicks appeared ( a first for me ). The chicks were right in front of the hide, having swam across the channel from the Island.. a good 20-25 yards. Eventually, after 30 minutes of cajoling from their parents, they set off to cross the channel back to the Island. Having struggled to the middle of the channel, 3 Mute Swans then took off
from the water right across their path!!! The chicks did an abrupt U- turn back to near the hide. After another half hour,
and as I was leaving, and with constant commotion from the parents, 2 of the chicks made it back to the Island. However the third leaving late, took a right turn in mid channel and ended up along the lakeside right of the Hide.

Very good numbers of Sand Martin over both Lakes and the Ribble and using the River Banks not the new prefabricated Sand Martin Boxes!
Single Lesser Black-backed Gull on the Weir.







-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 12th of June 2014 06:37:30 PM

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Footnote to my last post, regarding the Wimbrel:

They returned to No. 1 island at 20.45 hours yesterday; just 113 of them this time!! Info thanks to Michael Foley.

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An enjoyable few hours this afternoon:

4 Coot chicks Meadow Lake.
2 Wheatear(m) on the front edge of Meadow Lake Island.
2 Greylag Geese with the Canada Geese.
Oystercatchers in good numbers and sitting.
Small numbers of Gadwall and Tufted Duck.
2 Pied Wagtail.
4 Lapwing chicks seen on No. 1 Pit island, where I had images of 2 of these chicks, plus a Ringed Plover and a Little Ringed Plover all in the scope view at one time !
Wimbrel...1 ... N.B. the 86 Wimbrel that arrived last night, on No 1 Pit, had moved on!
Redshank..2
Cormorant...1
Grey Heron....7
Buzzard...3 up together.
Kestrel...1
No Sand Martins seen around the various artificial walls, but plenty along the Ribble.
50 minimum count..... Sand Martins.. a fantastic sight as they often flew as a flock before trying out their
holes in the sandy river banks.
I had two goes for the Grasshopper Warbler at the Dipping pond without joy.

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This afternoon; a pleasant walk along the Ribble Way with the dog, downstream from the weir to the M6 bridge.

Canada Goose...5
Mute Swan...2
Goosander...6 but only one Drake
Mallards...5
Grey Heron...1 being seriously harassed by a Crow.
Sand Martins...c12
Oystercatcher...3
Cormorant...2 over low
Lesser Black-backed Gull...2
No sign of the Kingfisher at the usual spot.
Chiffchaff...2
Blackcap...1
Reed Bunting...1

From Ribble Hide, without my scope, as the tripod away for running repairs.
Gadwall...5
Redshank..1
Oystercatcher...2
Ringed Plover...1
Great Crested Grebe...1
Grey Heron...1
Sand Martin...c10
Lapwing...a few
Canada Geese/Coots in abundance
Mute Swan...2
As I walked back on the Cycling path, good numbers of both Ringed Plover and Redshank and 11 Tufted Duck were seen on No. 1 Pit
island.....where Lapwing were fending off a Crow.
A pair of Peacock butterflies chased by.



-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 10th of April 2014 09:37:22 PM

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Another enjoyable afternoon here. I managed some sightings including:

Redshank ...6
Ringed Plover.... 7
Dunlin....1
Oystercatcher....14
Sand Martin...70+ low over No. 1 Pit and later higher over land near car park.
Cormorants...10
Grey Heron..1
Lesser Black-backed Gull.... 12 together on the water No 1 pit with
Herring Gull...2
Greylag Goose...1
Goldeneye ..at least one pair.
Pochard...1 drake
Teal....4
Tufted Duck...a few
Gadwall...4 minimum count.
Lapwings
Meadow Pipit...2
Pied Wagtail...4
Reed Buntings and
Plenty Chaffinch





-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 27th of March 2014 07:46:38 PM

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From 10:30 to 15:15 - misty start, then cloudy grey, cold and poor light. 39 species, but far less visitor numbers. An enjoyable day with Tom Jones.

On the waters : Canada Geese, Gadwall, Coot, Cormorant, Heron, Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe, Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed, Common, and Mediterranean
Gulls, Mallard, Moorhen, Shoveler, Mute Swan, Teal, Tufted Duck.

On the banks and islands : Crow, Curlew, Lapwing, Magpie, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Pied Wagtail.

In the woods, and from the paths : Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon, Wren, Robin, Kestrel, Dunnock , Blackbird, Reed Bunting, Treecreeper.

And at close range, in front of No 1 Pit hide, a Sparrowhawk swooping in for two unsuccessful attempts.

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An all too brief visit yesterday , en route home from Blackpool. 11:00 -13:30.
Sightings of note included :
Common Sandpiper - Meadow Lake .
Single Sand Martin, seen by warden ,heading South around lunchtime.
Redshanks,Curlews,Ringed Plovers, Oystercatchers plus plenty of assorted wildfowl...
Great views of a Kingfisher fishing near where the small brook enters the Ribble behind the reserve.
Also flock of 68 Curlews and 2 smaller flocks of Oystercatchers over farmland on opposite site of river.
4 Buzzards soaring over towards Pendle Hill.
All in beautiful sunshine .
Cheers Chris .

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The 18 Whooper Swans roosted overnight, departing early Sunday morning. Info thanks to Hugh Jones.

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42 species, these were:- Carrion Crow; Pheasant; Meadow Pipit; Grey Heron; Magpie; Lapwing; Kestrel; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Gadwall; Coot; Reed Bunting; Wood Pigeon; Teal; Mallard; Wren; Black Headed Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Pied Wagtail; Shoveler; Cormorant; Moorhen; Great Crested Grebe; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Oystercatcher; Redshank; Ringed Plover; Dunlin; Goldeneye; Herring Gull; Robin; Dunnock; Blackbird; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Tree Sparrow, Mediterranean Gull (*2) + Song Thrush; Goldfinch and Nuthatch on call.

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Some of my sightings today, during a visit to Brockholes :

Whooper Swans....18.. flew onto No. 1 Pit about 10 am and cruised around in the middle of the Lake in a flotilla. Majestic!
Mediterranean Gulls (adult)....2... on No.1 Pit Island.
Goldeneye....6 (drake 3)
Shoveler...5 ( drake 4)
Gadwall...good numbers
Teal, Tufted Duck and Lapwing in fair numbers.
Goosander...1 Redhead on the Ribble
Oystercatcher...1
Ringed Plover...4 but more hidden.
Redshank...2
Common Gull ...2
Great Crested Grebe...2
Plenty Cormorant and Grey Herons but the Bittern was not showing and I missed the Little Egret!
Pied Wagtail.. constant activity over Meadow Lake.
Usual good numbers of Tree Sparrows and Reed Buntings.
Cock Pheasant

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Bittern still present today. Seen across Meadow Lake from Ribble Hide at 3.58pm.....
when flushed by a loose spaniel!
Information thanks to ''Brockholes Nature Reserve (Lancs) Bird and Wildlife News'' on Facebook.

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Good couple of hours this morning despite the lack of Bittern

3 Mediterranean Gulls on No 1 and 1 in fields beyond the weir
5 Tree Sparrow
Good numbers of Tufted Duck, Gadwall, a few Teal
Great Scaup on Lower Brockholes
7 Goldeneye in flight
Herring, Great Black-backed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls on Lower Brockholes
3 Oystercatchers
2 Ringed Plover


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This afternoon:
Missed the Bittern. Today it twice walked down the shore of Meadow Lake(road side), starting from opposite the café. Once just before I arrived and once while I was at Number 1 pit. So much for my timing!
Around the feeders there were numerous Chaffinch, Reed Buntings, Great and Blue Tits. At the Ribble Way feeding station, the single Male Yellowhammer that had been a regular there today, did not show.... but 8 Tree Sparrows were constant visitors.
Kestrel...1
Sparrowhawk...1 in dispute with a corvid
Grey Heron...4
Cormorant...19
Great Crested Grebe...2
Little Egret...1 Meadow Lake.
Gadwall...20 minimum count
Goldeneye 6 ... including 3 drakes.
Teal...a few
Tufted Duck...a few
Shovelers... a pair
Oystercatcher...20 minimum count
Curlew....5
Lapwing... quite a few most places but no flock
Pheasant...3
Mute Swan...3

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Good views of the Bittern this afternoon around 3 o'clock.smile
Viewed across Meadow Lake from the hide.
First seen as it kindly flew across my scope. Flew 50 yards; then down into Phragmites, where it showed for 15 minutes.
Little Egret on the Ribble and 2 Grey Heron on the Lake, but could not get the quartet.
Plenty of Gadwall.

-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 13th of February 2014 05:53:40 PM

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10.00-13.00

No 1 Pit/Ribbleton Pool

2m+5f Goldeneye,1 Snipe and 2 Great Crested Grebes. I regret I did'nt count the other waterfowl but the there were lots of Pochard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck & Teal.

Only 7 Shovelers though.

Meadow Lake

6 Grey Herons, 1 Buzzard, lots of Mallard and 8 Gadwall.

The river was in flood and there was'nt a single bird on it.

Boilton Woods

In addition to the Blue & Great Tits, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Buzzard.

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Four Tree Sparrow near car park entrance.
Also Treecreeper in Boilton Wood.

Another birder posted a sighting of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Boilton Wood shortly afterwards.

Note: "Winter Wednesday" offer currently on, all day parking on Wednesdays for £2.


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on northwest tonight about the 4 types of Heron currently here

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Bittern reported today Monday 13th January on the edge of reeds on Meadow Lake viewed from the Visitor Village

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Ribbleton Pool & No 1 Pit.

No sign of the Green Winged Teal reported yesterday, local birders hav'nt seen it today either.

Although there were lots of Teal sheltering in the vegetation on the island in No 1 Pit.

Also,

35 Pochard, 2m+3f Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Snipe plus Tufted Duck, Coot etc.

Masses of Black Headed plus a few Common, Herring and Lesser Black Back Gulls.

A flock of 150 Lapwings really struggling against the wind as they flew South.

No Shoveler or Wigeon. 3 Grey Herons, 11 Cormorants and a single Pied Wagtail.

Despite ferocious wind and hail, Teal and Mallard were displaying and pairing off. With 1 pair of Mallard copulating despite the tempest.

The woodland on the North side of the reserve seems to have taken a battering, with quite a number of mature trees damaged, and is closed to public access.

This wood contains some fine mature Wych Elms, or did?.



-- Edited by John Williams on Wednesday 1st of January 2014 05:43:34 PM

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My first visit - impressed! 10.15am to 3pm

No 1 Pit:
Little Ringed Plover 2 (Lifer) smile
Ringed Plover approx 6
Lapwing ++ and a lot of chicks various maturities
Oystercatcher 2 adults and 2 chicks
Common Sandpiper 1
Redshank and chicks (lost count - quite a few)
Great Crested Grebe 2 pairs, one pair with 3 chicks
Tufted Duck
Mallard
Coot
Mute Swans
Grey Heron

Black headed gulls on island near visitor centre and plenty over.
Lesser Black Backed gulls over

In reeds/ scrubland between the pools:

Reed Bunting several
Common Whitethroat 2
Tree Sparrows
Willow Warbler
Kestrel 2 over


Boilton Woods:

Great Spotted Woodpecker 3
Chiffchaff
Chaffinch
Blackbird
Goldfinch 3
Nuthatch
Blue Tits
Dunnock
Wren
Woodpigeon
Carrion Crow


Most of the time I had the place to myself - amazing. School party was engaged in pond dipping etc near the visitor centre.
As I expected, the traffic noise on the west side of the reserve is pretty intrusive - making it hard to hear birds before they are seen. Otherwise a very beautiful place.



-- Edited by Paul Richardson on Wednesday 12th of June 2013 04:36:57 PM

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love this place ......

6 little ringed plover
4 very noisy oystercatchers
lapwings & chicks
pied wagtail
reed bunting
2 mute swan
tufted duck M&F
pair of great crested grebe
jay
chaffinches


male kestrel hunting near the pond dipping area

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Wednesday 12th of June 2013 12:02:01 PM

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10.30-13.30

6 Cormorants, 2prs Great Crested Grebes, 4 Ringed Plovers, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Redshanks, 2 Dunlin and a Black Swan.

Masses of Swallows, Sand Martins and Swifts but only 4 House Martins.

4 tiny Lapwing chicks on the island on No 1 Pit, surprisingly their parents completely ignored 3 Lesser Black Back Gulls that flew close by.

Huge numbers of hirundines and Swifts over the river too, with 2 Goosander pairs and a couple of Gadwall on the water.

A male Goosander suddenly began behaving in a manic way, as if a Pike were biting his legs, both he and his partner submerged, then she appeared with with what looked like a small Perch.






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Jon Bowen wrote:

Frank Whitney wrote:

You missed a couple of hobbys later on Jon , as we were waiting for Clarkos lad , one of them hovered directly above as around 20 ft , almost made me forget about the rain
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Thanks for that Frank I was trying to ignore the fact that sloping off early to grab some lunch and brownie points cost me the 1st Hobby of the year no



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Frank Whitney wrote:

You missed a couple of hobbys later on Jon , as we were waiting for Clarkos lad , one of them hovered directly above as around 20 ft , almost made me forget about the rain
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Thanks for that Frank I was trying to ignore the fact that sloping off early to grab some lunch and brownie points cost me the 1st Hobby of the year no

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You missed a couple of hobbys later on Jon , as we were waiting for Clarkos lad , one of them hovered directly above as around 20 ft , almost made me forget about the rain
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Couple of hours in the drizzle this morning.
Single arctic tern
Kingfisher briefly on weir
Female Blackcap
40+ swifts
Dunlin
17 white Wagtail
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Reed Warbler heard he reception centre
Whitethroat
17 Black Tailed Godwit
Goosander
2 Goldeneye (female)


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Had a visit out to brockholes today with the family. Picnic, time on the park etc but still managed to see quite a bit.
Lots of usuals including

Little ringed plover
Reed bunting
Cormorant
Tree sparrow
Oystercatcher
Pheasant
Lapwing
Curlew
Wren

But the highlights were a single singing skylark
And 2 brilliant male Whinchat. Thank you to the guy who explained were to look for them!!!
Lots of work going on in various areas.
Love how there are various feeding points around to show the kids different birds.

I think this place will get better and better over the coming years.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 27th of April 2013 09:52:58 PM

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More chauffeuring duties to this site today. Managed a quick glimpse of a few of the Birds.

On the Ribble:
Goldeneye 8 (only 2 Drakes)
Canada Geese..2
From the Floating Village on Meadow Lake,
Dunlin..2
Ringed Plover..4
Meadow Pipits..2
Pied Wagtail..3
Gadwall..Pair
Mute Swans,Tufted Duck. Mallards,Canada Geese and Grey Heron.

On arrival 2 Roe Deer ran just in front of my vehicle.

I spoke to a worker on the building site near the Sand Martin wall. The footings are now in for the new Family and/or Educational Hide which will overlook Number One Pit. This will be a brick built hide with a Wood burning stove inside!
The Sand Martin Wall is to be rebuilt with one made of recycled material.
There is around here a small plantation of white plastic bags on sticks. The purpose of which is to discourage Little Ringed Plover from nesting here, which would stop the construction work!

Two weeks ago a Barn Owl was hunting near the Car Park as we left.






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Dropping Alison off for her volunteer duties this afternoon, I could not resist the ducks on the River Ribble.
Between the Brockholes entrance/exit bridges:

Goldeneye....8 (2 Drakes)
Goosander....6(4 Drakes)
All busy feeding
Mallards..7

And a Kestrel perched at the car park.

-- Edited by keith mills on Thursday 17th of January 2013 05:50:00 PM

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Brockholes LWT

The Hide in the best position on No.1 Pit (on the Ribble Way) has been destroyed by arsonists.

http://www.lancswt.org.uk/news/273/55/Arsonists-selfish-attack-on-beauty-spot-s-hide

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No 1 Pit this evening amongst the usual suspects.

2 Common terns
1 Whimbrel
1 Sanderling (still in winter plumage)
1 Dunlin
1 Sedge warbler (by the Family Hide)
1w Med Gull
1 Shelduck
Great crested grebes
Lots and lots of Ringed plovers.

No sign of the Little Stint which was present earlier in the week. A little tern was also reported earlier in the day.

Cheers,

Steve.


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Little stint this evening on No1 Pit. A lifer for me.

Also:

Dunlin 3
Common sandpiper 2
Whimbrel 3

Cheers,

Steve.

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First visit this evening in the rain. Species seen on and around both No1 Pit and Meadow Lake:

Redshank
Whimbrel
Coot
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Mallard
Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Black-headed gull
Gadwall
Cormorant
Linnet
Reed bunting
Pied wagtail
Sand martin
Swallow
and lots of Canada Geese.

Cheers,

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First visit to the reserve which is just under ten miles from where I live. Definitely pluses and minuses here. Eighty five cars on the car park, the commercial side going great guns, plenty of folk in the shops, restaurant and conference centre. Plenty in the playground area and families here and there pushing prams etc. But, where were the birders? Barely half a dozen apart from myself.

If you can ignore the M6, a great setting adjacent to the River Ribble, mixed woodland, marsh and pools. All the hides have been vandalised and none now have seating in front of the windows. The door on one won't close and the hide overlooking Boilton Marsh has been burnt down!

Great potential but I wouldn't visit during school holidays or weekends. Amongst other stuff :-

Meadow Lake

Heron (2)
Tufted (c.25)
Pochard (1)
Shoveler (8)
Wigeon (2)
Gadwall (2)
Canada Goose (26)
Greylag Goose (2)
Mute Swan (2)

Ribbleton Pool

Tufted (c.15)
Gadwall (c.35)


No 1 Pit

Tufted (c.10)
Pochard (c.15)
Wigeon (c.20)
Gadwall
Goldeneye (1)
Canada Goose (29)
Snipe (1)
Cormorant (9)
Bullfinch
L T Tit




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Went for a recce in the appalling weather on Tuesday. The warden told me that all the hardwood benches they had for the hides had been stolen hence only the fixed benches at the rear. One hide had been trashed by vandals. I was the only birder at all walking round the very large main reserve. Nothing much but great potential for waterbirds. The visitor 'village' is architecturally interesting too. I hope they do well.

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We went today, but more stuff in our back gardens, so we decided we would not go again.

Edit - Forgot to add, no seating arrangements at the Hide windows, just at the back of the hides - a real downer.

-- Edited by Geoff Walton on Saturday 10th of September 2011 06:21:30 PM

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Spent most of the day at Brockholes, no sign of Spotted Sandpiper, but Hobby (over Meadow Lake & River Ribble 1pm & 2:30pm), plus Cuckoo (No1 pit), Common Sandpiper & Dunlin

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I went about 11.00am, it had not been seen todaycry.gif, such is lifehmm.gif, still it looks to have lots of potential for the future, today there were lots of Ringed and more Little Ringed Plovers, redshanks, plover and lapwing young. Cost me £2 to park as I was 5 mins over 1 hour!
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Thanks very much for the info lads. I dont think the Spotted Sandpiper has been seen this morning but I fancy a visit anyway. Cheers, Mark wink.gif

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My first visit, arrived at 18:50, long after reserve was shut. However, was advised by an employee of the reserve, who was just leaving, to park off the side of the road, opposite the 'works' entrance (where there were traffic cones) but still quite near to the barriers to the main car park. She didn't seem to have a problem with us being there.

Got great views (and video!), again, in front of the Sand Martin wall, in the early evening sunshine. Nice to see the Turnstone and so many Swifts here too. Looks a nice reserve, if that's not too contraversial a thing to say.... wink.gif

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Mark, the bird was still being reported as present at 8.30pm and the information was still saying "park in the main car park", so my guess is you should be OK and that it is the visitor centre only which closes at 5pm and not the actual reserve. Maybe they have kept the car park open later for this bird??

The car parking charges are £1 for up to 1 hour, £2 up to 2 hours, £4 for 2-5 hours and £10 over 5 hours.

Good Luck!!!






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Mark Evans wrote:

Does anyone know if its the whole reserve or just the visitors centre that closes at 17:00? Might go up tmrw if its open later. Cheers, Mark smile.gif



Mark you should check with the reserve but I believe that the visitor centre closes at 17.00 and the car park at 18.00. Note the warning in my post re parking on the lane leading to the reserve.

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Does anyone know if its the whole reserve or just the visitors centre that closes at 17:00? Might go up tmrw if its open later. Cheers, Mark smile.gif

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Great views of the Spotted Sandpiper up to the time I left at 4.10 to get across to to Martin Mere and good to meet and chat with Sid.

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Spotted Sandpiper still present 16.30 in front of the Sand Martin wall. Thanks to John Barber for letting me know earlier - sorry I couldn't come with you John but at least I had the benefit of the late afternoon sunshine which allowed brilliant views of the bird biggrin.gif

Other waders also present included: Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover with chicks, Redshank, Lapwing, Oystercatcher and a really nice Turnstone in full summer kit - nice to meet forum member Jon Bowen.

P.S. Car park not too expensive £1 for first hour, £2 for 2 hours then £4 for up to 5 hours (I think). Also understand from one of the local guys that there have been a number of cars broken into when parked on the lane at the start of the reserve - so probably safer on the car park.












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Spotted Sandpiper still present at 3.45pm and showing very well near Sand Martin bank on number one pit.

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Quick visit earlier to Brockholes for the Spotted Sandpiper which gave cracking views whilst showing really well alongside the waters edge close to a couple of Redshank.

A great bird to continue a good run of vagrant waders recently. biggrin.gif

Nice to bump into John Barber too.


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