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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Article update 12/7/16
Great News. The FoPP are able to confirm that we have been granted a £10.000.00 award, to finance the refurbishment of the Pickerings Pasture pathways, through the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Click on MORE, at the top of the page, to find out more details, how you can help and project plans.
And there is more good news......
The FoPP applied to the HBC Area Forum, recently, for funding for five new multi-use bins, to replace the four old dog bins and we were successful. The bins have now been installed and look great. They will usually be emptied on Mondays. The bin at the bottom of car park path always fills up quickly and people have already dropped bags on the floor by the bin. This is NOT acceptable.
The Environment Enforcement Officers are giving out £80 fines to people who do this. 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!
Pickerings Pasture Photographic Competition 2015
Dave Leeke & Ruth Hilton won this years competition
Not long left now to get your photographs taken for the 2016 competition, FUN, FUR or FEATHERS at Pickerings Pasture. Children playing, kites flying, dogs making friends, a stoat or fox on a pathway, a bird or duck, or similar, would all fit the bill. Hand in your A4 sized photos at the Café on Sunday afternoons, by the last Sunday in August.
Groups have made requests for a guided walk but till conditions improve we wont be able to make any bookings, sadly. It is now July and flooding persists. It will be September before we get a chance to take walkers to the Decoy.
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.
The FoPP meet at Pickerings Pasture Visitors Centre every other month to plan voluntary work at Pickerings Pasture and the Decoy. Every month there is a project morning. We are always happy to welcome new members. Just turn up. We had a project morning at Pickerings Pasture planned for February 8th but this was moved to Wed 10th, due to poor weather. We planted some more trees and shrubs, along with other practical tasks. Tools provided by FoPP. We held a project morning in the water works area, on March 20th. We repaired a long section of fencing, put up more concrete bird and bat boxes ( purchased from funds from donations to the FoPP ) and cleared dozens of very old and brittle tree guards, scattered in the under growth. On March 22nd some of our members put in a new bench and relocated an other. Our April project morning was the hide area and in May we did some cutting back and started plans for the path improvements. In June we have cut back a lot of over hanging tree and shrub growth in the hide area.
We will continue to run the Pickerings Pasture Pop-up Café in the Visitors Centre, selling refreshments, book and bits and opening the public toilets, when possible.
Keep an eye on this page or, especially, the notice blackboard for dates when FoPP members may be able to open up the café and toilets. We'll be open this Sunday, 21st August, from around 1pm till 3.30pm. Look forward to seeing you.
The gates will close at 7pm from April 1st. It is important to move cars from the site by this time, as visitors may find themselves locked in by security staff and have to pay a fine to get out.
NEWS FROM PICKERINGS PASTURE
Please consider signing the petition: Ban driven grouse shooting. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125003
Some information was placed by the hide but it was removed. The petition is self explanatory. This is not a petition against shooting, it is a petition to stop the illegal slaughter of our birds of prey, mountain hares and damage to the environment.
WILDLIFE REPORTS FOR PICKERINGS PASTURE
AND HALE DUCK DECOY Click on pictures.
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.
YOUNG NATURE CONSERVATIONISTS
This year, Yr 9 pupils, from Ormiston Chadwick Academy, spent a day at Pickerings Pasture, with the Friends of Pickerings Pasture, cutting back and litter picking, on Friday October 23rd.
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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.
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
A Visitor Centre has opened in Widnes with views of the work on our New Bridge. >> Click here .
Visitors from a botanical society in Nantes, France, joined FoPP members to look for and identify plant specimens on Pickerings Pasture and Hale Duck Decoy, on July 4th, 2015.