The Friends of Pickerings Pasture and Hale Duck Decoy are a volunteer group who work with Halton Borough Council to support, protect, develop and promote these nature reserves.
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HBC proposes to build 1700 houses on green belt fields sandwiched between Pickerings Pasture and Halegate Road and on the fields on the other side of Halegate Road, from Halebank Road, through to Hale Village. Most of the land is owned by Hale Estates (on behalf of an absentee land owner) and leased to local farmers, who grow crops every year. What will happen to our local wildlife? Let Halton Borough Council and their planning department know how you feel about the destruction of this small rural wildlife sanctuary on the edge of industrial Widnes.
The FoPP were granted a £10.000.00 award, in 2016, to finance the refurbishment of a Pickerings Pasture pathway, through the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Click on MORE, at the top of the page, to find out more details.
The FoPP applied to the HBC Area Forum for funding for five new multi-use bins, to replace the four old dog bins and we were successful. The bins have been installed and look great. They will usually be emptied twice a week. The bin at the bottom of car park path always fills up quickly and people have dropped bags on the floor by the bin. This is NOT acceptable and, if caught, you'll be finned.
The Environment Enforcement Officers are giving out £80 fines. There are 5 bins on site. There are 3 bins on Mersey View Road and 1 bin at the start of the private road to the water works or you can bin it at home. Your dog, your waste responsibility. NO EXCUSE!
The Friends of Pickerings Pasture and Hale Duck Decoy carry out a range of volunteer activities. Apart from the outdoor activities that they carry out, they run an occasional Pop Up Cafe in the site Centre. It usually opens between 12 and 3pm on a Sunday. It should be open on the following dates, till the end of 2018 - September 9th and 23rd, October 14th, November 18th, December 2nd and 16th.
August 26th was a wash out at the cafe, with only around 10 sales, which didn't in any way cover our costs or our time in preparation, buying and baking. The weather was very wet and miserable but it was cosy in the Centre and the food was comforting for the few who came and supported us.
Hope we see better weather on September 9th and a lot more cafe visitors and supporters.
There are several old glass slides of the Hale Duck Decoy.
Please got to the top of the page and click on MORE, then PHOTO GALLERY, then OLD SLIDES OF THE DUCK DECOY, to see more pictures.
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Hale Duck Decoy - Recent Events *Updated Sept 18*
Wildlife photographs of Hale Duck Decoy
Latest News from Pickerings Pasture Updated Sept 18
Work Parties 2018 Updated Sept 18
Gallery of photos, both old and new.
The Freemen of Hale at the Decoy
World Wetlands Day
Top tips for your tubs. Updated from your ideas.
Rock On Barney is a best selling children book by FoPP Member - Jenny Jones
The Tidal Bore at Pickerings Pasture.
The Ibis Pool, Hale - A brief history.
Black-tailed godwits Article update
Dunlins on the River Mersey
The Peregrine Falcon.
HALE DUCK DECOY
The History of Hale Duck Decoy
Wildlife - Past and Present on Hale Duck Decoy
The Restoration of Hale Duck Decoy
The Flood 1990
Dredging the Pond and Moat
Tidal Surge and Flooding 2013
The Freemen of Hale's Visit 2017
A History of the flooding 2013-2017
Click this text to go to a map of Pickerings Pasture on Google Maps.
You could also go to Google Earth and key in WA8 8LP as the location.
A Pickerings Pasture leaflet is now available in the Visitors Centre. It has been funded by our DONATION POST and BOOKS and BITS table, at the Sunday Café. Many thanks for your contributions.
The FoPP have also purchased storage for the Centre, funded, again, by your kind donations to us. Pop into the café and you'll see the improvement the storage has made.
Please go to the top of the page and click on PICKERINGS PASTURE, then Pickerings Pasture volunteers to find out more.
** Pickerings Pasture Photographic Competition 2018 **
" WET, WIND, SUN or FROST at Pickerings "
Due to several unforeseen circumstances this year's competition has been cancelled.
If you have taken any photographs for the competition please hand them in at the cafe, where they will be put on display but no prizes will be awarded.