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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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.
Pickerings Pasture Photographic Competition 2015
Dave Leeke & Ruth Hilton won this years competition
The FoPP wish to thank the Spasmodics Ramblers for their generous donation, in appreciation of a guided walk to Hale Duck Decoy and the use of the Pickerings Pop Up Café.
We offered a guided walk, to Hale Duck Decoy, on Sunday 22nd November. It was very muddy in places but that didn't stop everyone, FoPP members and visitors, enjoying the walk and site history.
We had a Jan 2016 walk booked but we've had to cancel due to the even muddier conditions, at the approach to the swing bridge, which makes access to the site dangerous. Other groups have made requests for a guided walk but till conditions improve we wont be able to make any bookings, sadly. It is now March and flooding persists. The Herons and Cormorants have started nesting in numbers so it will be late June 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 will be in the hide area.
Please go to the top of the page and click on MORE, then DIARY DATES to find out more.
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. The CAFE will be open on Sunday the 10 April at 12.30pm. We have been getting some good revues on Facebook and Tripadvisor. Do remember that we are not a business but a group of enthusiastic volunteers, with an interest in all aspects of Pickerings Pasture.
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
WILDLIFE REPORTS FOR PICKERINGS PASTURE
AND HALE DUCK DECOY Click on pictures.
The Friends of Pickerings Pasture and Hale Duck Decoy
AGM 14th APRIL 2015 Chairperson's Report
Next AGM April 18th 2016 and Chairperson's Report.
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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.