The Friends of Pickerings Pasture and Hale Duck Decoy are a volunteer group who work with Halton Borough Council to support, protect, develop a and promote these nature reserves.
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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 absente 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 "
In 2017 the competition was won by Ruth Hilton.
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. Click for more information.
PICKERINGS PASTURE POP UP CAFE
We will continue to run the Pickerngs Pasture Pop-up Café in the Visitors Centre, on Sunday afternoons, selling refreshments, home cooking, books and bits and opening the public toilets, when possible. We will open again on Sunday, February 25th, from 12 till 3pm. Last week, on the 11th, which was a cold, wet and grey day, we had far fewer visitors than normal but the curry and bhaji sold out and we thank everyone who did support us. Next Sunday we plan to offer meatballs and cheese mash, along with a selection of other home cooked sweets and savouries. Look forward to seeing new and regular café visitors.
Do remember that we are not a business and we have no facilities to accept card payments. We are run by volunteers who want to offer a little extra to visitors, with an opportunity to use the Centre and toilets. Any money we make goes to the Friends of Pickerings Pasture and Hale Duck Decoy.
As a volunteer activity, times and dates may change at short notice.
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 spring? Updated 19th February 2018 Click to see more >>
Click on title below to read pages
Police Presence at Pickerings
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.
Work Parties 2018
The Ibis Pool, Hale - A brief history.
Wildlife photographs of Hale Duck Decoy Updated Mar '17 >>
Black-tailed godwits Article update 12/7/16
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
Due to an incident we ask you to keep an eye out for men hunting both with dogs and guns. These men are hunting on United Utilities land and other fields adjacent to Pickerings Pasture. Not only is this illegal but they have also abused people and even threatened them.
The police can only prosecute if they are "caught in the act", so please act immediately by calling the police on 101 or 999 if using guns.
A Visitor Centre has opened in Widnes with views of the work on our New Bridge. >> Click here .
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.