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.
Sorry, due to holidays etc. the site hasn't been updated recently. Thanks to Mike for his contribution. I have left all his juvenile peregrine studies on for now but will edit them shortly. I thought they were too good to miss.
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LATEST NEWS -
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!
Pickerings Pasture Photographic Competition 2018
" WET, WIND, SUN or FROST at Pickerings "
Get out there with your camera and capture some special photographs at Pickerings. Hand them in at the Sunday café. We like them to be around A4 size. There is no charge to take part.
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 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 - August 12th and 26th, September 9th and 23rd, October 14th, November 18th, December 2nd and 16th. Homemade foods are on sale, along with beverages. We'll next open on the 12th August. As usual, we'll have a range of home made tasty foods on offer, including a sausage stew, pizza, plum tart (made with our own greengage plums) and lemon cake covered in marzipan. Look out for pictures of our homemade offerings on the Pickerings Facebook site on the Saturday before we open.
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.
Why not join The Friends of Pickerings Pasture this Autumn? Updated 15th August 2018 Click to see more >>
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Hale Duck Decoy - Flooding *Updated Aug 18*
Wildlife photographs of Hale Duck Decoy Updated Aug 18
Work Parties 2018 Updated May 18
Gallery of photos, both old and new. Updated August 18
** The Freemen of Hale at the Decoy **
World Wetlands Day
Top tips for your tubs
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.