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.
dear friends of pickerings pasture.
i would like to draw your attention to the unauthorised development of the former roger haydocks site next to the reserve. Backhouse developments have recently cut down in excess of 50 mature trees on the southern boundary next to the walkway. The landscape on that side has changed for ever with no approval from halton council.
The haydock site is heavily contaminated with asbestos and there is a prohibition notice in place not to enter. friends please take care when using the walkway next to the site.
Thank you for your comments. We have been aware of this problem from its outset and immediately contacted Halton Borough Council. There is quite a bit of coverage on the Latest News page of the website.
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.
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.
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.
Hi, recently found your site after visiting Pickering Pasture. It is a beautiful place. On reading some of the reports could I just update you when you find a hedgehog. Recent discovery has found that mealworms, sunflower seeds, or peanuts are harmful to them. The is a link between phosphorous/calcium ratio and metabolic bone disease in hedgehogs. Also dried fruit should be avoided as it gets stuck in their teeth and causes decay. The best thing for them is water and dry cat buscuits. This is all relatively new information and most internet sites have yet too update their information. Thank you for reading.
Are there any plans for groups to try to reduce the amount of gathered plastic on the shoreline? Could Halton provide us with some orange bags which would not be classed a fly-tipping? While the water level is high it might be possible to get some of it cleared away. I know it’s a drop in the ocean, but maybe we could arrange a regular clean-up??
Ros, At last we are able to update you re the dates for the Friends Group Work Parties. They are on the front page of the website at the moment.
We have noted your suggestion and some of the group have tackled this problem themselves. It is now on the list of "Things that need doing".
We hope at some point you may like to join us.
Enjoyed my first visit on Saturday and was delighted to see a seal moving upriver for about an hour before it turned back (with the tide?). Wonderful
Pleased you managed to see it. None have been reported this year.
We were there on Saturday too and my husband thought he caught a glimpse but it didn't reappear while we were watching.
They often come up on the tide.
Hi, thank you for all the hard work you do. The pasture looks lovely. We’re lucky to have such beautiful green-space on our doorstep. Your website is great by the way. Would you mind if I posted some of your pictures on my new Facebook page? It’s called Halebank Residents. Regards, Jay.
Sorry, somehow we missed your lovely comments about the Pastures. Thank you.
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Last week I was on my usual walk at Pickerings when I suffered an injury to my big toe, caused possibly, by Giant Hogweed. A huge blister, like a chemical burn, appeared.
I always take the steep path out of the car park, drop down to the picnic bench and follow the unsurfaced path that runs parallel to the fields.
Today I spotted what might be the offending plant, on the left of the path, just as it leaves the meadow on the left and narrows to go through woodland on both sides.
I would hate for anyone else to encounter it.
Hi I run the cafe at W/B boat club @ spike island I would like to ask about the availability of the cafe at pickerings pasture For rental Many Thanks Zena
Hi. The cafe is in a state of abeyance while Lynda is unwell and covid19 prevails.
The friends use the centre for meetings, planning and work. The cafe has been pop-up and will remain so.
Thanks for your interest but must decline.
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Dear friends of Pickering Pastures, I was an old friend of Lynda Broad, your Chairperson who sadly died 21st Feb. I would like to make some form of dedication to her life & I wondered if it would be possible to dedicate a tree to Lynda in Pickering Pastures. I know the National Forest do this but as Lynda was so involved in Pickering Pastures it would make it more personal.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.