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    Manor Farm Park, Northfield

    Popped in this afternoon to see how much progress had been made with refilling the pool after the sluice work. This has been ongoing since March (I believe it may have started just before Lockdown 1 kicked in) but little sign that it's heading for completion. The sledging hill behind the pool...
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    Otmoor - red flag days

    Does anyone know whether it's possible to find out in advance whether the reserve will be partly closed on a particular day due to the rifle range next door? Considering a first visit but would ideally like to explore as much of the reserve as possible.
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    Madeira - bird list?

    I've been right back through all the threads on Madeira here. Some really useful info, thanks to all who've posted. In one of the older threads was a link to a Maderia bird list, but the link is dead. I'd be very much interested in this or something similar - both the native breeding species...
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    Ferruginous Duck - Alvecote

    Anyone know whether the Ferruginous Duck at Alvecote is the real deal or an escapee?
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    Nearest site for winter geese

    This thread should probably be elsewhere on Birdforum, but I'm asking here as most of the regular posters are Midlands-based. Possibility of a trip out in a couple of weeks time. Does anyone have any thoughts on the nearest reliable spot to the West Midlands to find, for example, Brent and...
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    Decent tripod for less than £100?

    'Father Christmas' has requested some guidance on my request for a tripod. I was fortunate to pick up an Opticron MM3 60 on ebay earlier this year for a very reasonable price. Even that was pushing my finances though, so I went with a cheap tripod from Amazon (£16). For the money, it's been...
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    Book recommendations

    Planning ahead for a family holiday next year. 'Santa' has asked for some help. Can anyone recommend a bird ID guide for Brittany and the Atlantic coast? Likewise a guide to good birding sites in these areas would be more than useful as a first-time visitor. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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    South Birmingham misc sightings

    I tried to post these in threads relevant to the areas in question, but seemingly old threads are locked. Ravens over Highbury Park this morning, before it started tipping down. Also 20+ House Martins. Barnacle Goose x 2 at Bournville Boating Lake around 4pm.
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    Tawny Owl - Bournville

    Tawny Owl calling loudly for the last half hour along Heath Road in Bournville. This is the second time in three days at around 10.30pm
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    Birding sites in Normandy

    Can anyone recommend good birding sites on the Normandy coast? We're staying near Arromanches. From what I've read so far, heading west to the area around Utah Beach and Carentan sounds like a good bet, as does heading east to the estuary at Ouistreham. Anything closer to Arromanches...
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    Normandy coast

    Can anyone recommend good birding sites on the Normandy coast? We're staying near Arromanches. From what I've read so far, heading west to the area around Utah Beach and Carentan sounds like a good bet, as does heading east to the estuary at Ouistreham. Anything closer to Arromanches?
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    Early access at Slimbridge

    I've seen a few comments that it's possible for members to gain entry to Slimbridge before 9.30am via a side gate. Can anyone tell me how this works please? I am a WWT member and an opportunity to visit is on the horizon.
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    Lifford Reservoir and nearby canals

    Hi Looking for somewhere to post sightings as a relatively new birder (3 years), hopefully I'll have something useful to contribute. Still on a steep but very enjoyable learning curve. For the last few weeks, I've been doing a regular walk from Kings Norton Park, along a short stretch of the...
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