Great to see Carol's posting about the practice of not disposing of dog poo in the bins. Here's hoping it has some impact.
I remember well fishing in the duck decoy in the 1970s. Good to see its being maintained and kept in a decent state of repair!
Lovely site to explore. Brings back many memories! Visiting at end of July, will bring some restoration photos. Best Regards.
Re previous, should have read end of August!
Hello Malcolm. Good to hear from you and glad you have found our new look website. You must visit the Decoy while you are here. We've 2 guided walks planned for August 25th but if that's no good I'm sure we could organize an other time.
I was up at the Hide this morning about 10.40 am.
And i was very pleased to see the elusive Kingfisher, sat on the posts.
Watching it catching fish, the morning sun highlighting the Kingfishers brilliant plumage. The bird was around for about ten minutes, then flew off towards the river. Great sighting.
Thanks for sighting, John. It is still being illusive but has been seen regularly for short periods. I don't think it likes the scrape when the tide has been in - too muddy to see its food??
Hi, I've become a regular visitor to Pickering's over the last 5 months or so, What a fantastic place to take pictures and spot birds.
Going there encouraged me to buy a field scope and discover the world of digiscoping, I'm really getting into bird watching and have a membership with RSPB, birds have always interested me. you may see me there from time to time with my black Labrador "Doo-doo"
I'd be delighted to become a volunteer helping with the up keep of the pasture. it's a remarkable place.
Incidentally, I think the Great white Egret lives along Carr Lane. I'm sure it wasn't the little egret I saw on Sunday.
Thanks for your comments, John. We look forward to seeing you down at Pickerings hide. Keep a look out for our work parties on our noticeboard at Pickerings Pasture and we hope you can join one soon. We are a really friendly group with lots of shared interests, but also with various other interests which make for an enjoyable time.
Lynda is making a collage of photographs so do send her a small selection.
You could well have seen the great white egret at Carr Lane Pools, on Hale Marsh or up to the white bridge: it gets around quite a bit! There have also been up to 4 little egrets on the pools too.
Hello John. We are planning a work morning, at Hale Duck Decoy, on Mon 13th Jan. We'll meet in Pickerings car park, at 9.45am, if you'd like to tag along. We'll be clearing materials left behind after the high tide. You'll need wellies! On Mon 3rd Feb we'll be spending the morning at Pickerings, meeting at 10am and we'll, possibly, be making bird boxes but there is a lot of other general cutting back, clearing leaves, and so on, to do. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to meeting you.
Thanks for your invites, February's probably more suited for me as we're busy in work atm
I'm working on the new Hotel at Stanley dock where I'm told a pair of peregrines nest -it'll be fantastic if I get these pictures, especially as I think I can get a higher than their nest site.
Great White Egret was on the pool in front of the hide this morning (Sat 22/2/14)
I managed to get a couple of pictures using my Nikon D80 and scope combined, I'm only learning this as a hobby so I'm mostly hit and more so, miss!
Thanks John. We saw it further up on Hale Marsh from Within Way.
It's such a graceful bird, it's a privilege t owatch
I have just been for a walk to pickerings pasture with my kids n our friends n was enjoyin it till we seen dead rabbits hangin from trees
Jan - We agree this is awful. The rabbits are suffering from myxomatosis, a disease that causes eventual blindness. Unfortunately some dog owners think their dog can catch it (which they can't) and try to put the rabbits out of the reach of their dogs. It is very distressing all-round.
I agree with Carol's comments re the poor state of the cornfield. The horsetails seem to be far too dominant. I wonder what seed mix was used? Is it possible that the soil is too fertile for 'proper' meadow species?
It should be OK as it hasn't (as far as we know) been improved. Since it's beginnings it has always been a corn-meadow: until recent years when it was left to itself. It used to be ploughed and harrowed every year. Over these last few years the weed-species have taken a hold and should have been sprayed out. As they are deep-rooted weeds I tend to think that was the main problem. However we don't know who provided the seed and what quality it was. It's just so disappointing.
Hale, Carr Lane Pools
50 Black-tailed Godwit
3 Little Egret
3 Barnacle Geese
1 Tree Pipit & 3 Golden Plover in the fields
The Goldfinches were their about 4 weeks ago (before the field got mowed)
I've never seen so many together there must have been 200? truly stunning to see.
Do you frequently see cats at Pickerings Pasture?
I was taking some photos, they were unclear at the time, but after they were lightened up - there appears to be cat(s) in a tree
Love going for walks round pickerings pasture with my dog, always wanted to know what are creating a group of burrows and holes around the pasture though, but today me and my dad noticed two weasle like animals running across one of the greens by the holes which we've never noticed. If anyone knows what they are and if it's them making the burrows I would love to know.
I seen something resembling a weasel last may - it was a tan colour and making a chirping sound - racing around my feet in the long grass. I couldn't see it properly. Someone else said it may be a cat. It didn't sound like one...
The burrows belong to rabbits and there are many systems around the Pastures. If you are lucky you may catch sight of our special black rabbits. The first babies of the year are now coming out of their burrows.
There are also some stoats on the Pastures which hunt the rabbits, going down the burrows and occasionally chasing them on the surface, which is probably what you saw. We haven't seen weasels down there but it is possible. There are other predators of the rabbits around: buzzards, foxes and occasionally dogs!! I hope this answers your questions.
Friends of Pickerings Pasture,
I am a 14 year old boy who has started Cinematography and wants to excel in it. I was wondering if you needed a small movie to publicise Pickerings Pasture. It would include the nature, the views and the visitor centre. I am a frequent visitor to the park so I would be able to come down frequently and film. Please email me if you would be interested.
The Friends of Pickering Pastures.
Don't want to sound alarmist, but would like to raise the issue of the potential "developments" near Oglet that may involve the building of warehouses, a trailer-park and the widening of Hale Road in the vicinity. If they go ahead, these will lead to harmful effects to the local nature population, the loss of valuable coastal land, and will also be detrimental to the local population and nearby school, St Ambrose. I would hope that you can raise awareness of this concern in your own fashion.
One way or another we are on to all the potential problems that have raised their heads recently. These include new housing developments in Hale, Halebank and Speke, the new airport development, a new road between Speke and Hale and the new barrage proposals. Each of these individually are an enormous threat to the wildlife and well-being of our area. They all seem to have come at the same time and create a lot of hard work.
Thank you for drawing our attention to it. Everyone can help by writing to local councils etc.
Be assured we will do all we can as individuals as well.
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