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Old Friday 26th June 2020, 22:01   #39751
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Today I received a detailed explanation of the Trusts position with regard to Upton. It is primarily a legal issue of Health and Safety of employees and all others on site....and that's good enough for me!...
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Old Saturday 27th June 2020, 14:35   #39752
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Was stuck in traffic on A38 just flying off the moors wood pigeon. C.Crow.BHG. Dunnock. Highlights 2 collard dove.common tern flew over shell petrol station towards webbs.☺
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Old Monday 29th June 2020, 12:49   #39753
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Aerial Skirmish over Worcester.

Not UW but very high over Worcester this morning. 3LBBGs taking on this BoP which seemed to be holding its own. Pic 2 is for comparison of scale - one very raucous gull- not sure who was being chased. Miserable weather overcast and dull but exhilarating watching the flights. Some amazing views of birds over the area including peregrines and sparrow hawks and buzzards.
On a different note all my very best wishes to Vern and his family with the added hope that his recovery now is both swift and without any after affects.

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Old Monday 29th June 2020, 16:26   #39754
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Mike had a Black-headed Gull sporting a black leg ring with white code 2ATJ at the Flashes yesterday, presumably from Marsh Lane NR.
(From report 11/7/2019 #38315.)
This bird was seen again today at the Flashes, ringed in 2016 at Marsh Lane Warks I believe? It must like it here.

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Old Monday 29th June 2020, 19:35   #39755
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(From report 11/7/2019 #38315.)
This bird was seen again today at the Flashes, ringed in 2016 at Marsh Lane Warks I believe? It must like it here.
There are a few returners from Marsh Lane fairly regularly now. Some only post-breeding or on migration. At least one has stayed to breed this year per info from John.
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Old Tuesday 30th June 2020, 13:08   #39756
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[quote=Phil Andrews;4019977]Unfortunately the reserve remains closed with no target date for reopening communicated yet by the Trust. As some of you may be aware the Trust have asked the two volunteer (unpaid) Reserve Managers - Paul Moseley and John Belsey - to keep an eye on the reserve since the commencement of lockdown. Their tasks have included monitoring the livestock for their welfare, deterring anti-social behaviour, undertaking breeding bird surveys, monitoring and adjusting the water level as appropriate, undertaking low-grade maintenance work etc.


Big thanks to Paul & John for doing all this work. It's great that someone is getting collecting breeding records for the reserve: with regard to the Common Terns did you manage to get the Tern rafts out or did the Terns just opportunistically find somewhere on the existing lslands to attempt their breeding? Tremendous breeding record for BH Gulls presumably down to recent management work, weather and lack of disturbance.

Sorry to hear you have been ill Vern hope you are making a good recovery and the same to anyone else who has been unfortunate enough to contract this dammed virus.
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Old Tuesday 30th June 2020, 21:24   #39757
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(From report 11/7/2019 #38315.)
This bird was seen again today at the Flashes, ringed in 2016 at Marsh Lane Warks I believe? It must like it here.
Who saw this Gull? I was under the impression the Flashes is closed and off limits,except for the 2 wardens
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Old Wednesday 1st July 2020, 02:02   #39758
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It wasn't closed in 2019 which is when the report is dated
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Old Wednesday 1st July 2020, 23:20   #39759
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Who saw this Gull? I was under the impression the Flashes is closed and off limits,except for the 2 wardens
Viewing from public footpath I gather.
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Old Saturday 4th July 2020, 15:02   #39760
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So disturbing breeding birds isn't a crime then? Depressing how utterly thick some plods are, especially ones who claim to be birders.
Sorry to disappoint you but I am not a police officer. Today is the first time I've seen this as I've finally got a day off work. Yes I will grant you that the young avocets may well have been disturbed by this, fortunately they would probably have been off the nest, and that is a crime. It is unfortunate though that this will not be responded to by the police as an urgent incident, it simply will not figure high enough up the list of priorities. There are far too many other emergencies and far too few police officers for them to respond. And that was my point, the two volunteers going to the reserve are on their own and in a difficult position. I have never criticised the individuals, I have criticised the Trust for putting them in that position. As I said in my earlier post what was important to us, was simply not important in the grand scheme of Covid.
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Old Saturday 4th July 2020, 23:02   #39761
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Another colour ringed Black-headed Gull was seen on the 3/7/20 from the public footpaths around Upton Warren, (Yellow 2KTV). I have had a reply from the ringers - Ringed in Essex in March 2015 as a 3rd year old or older, in 2016 and 17 it was in Latvia, 2018 it was seen around the West Mids and Glos.
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Old Wednesday 15th July 2020, 21:22   #39762
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Q. What is the current position regarding public access to the Upton Warren Reserves please following/during Covid 19? No updates appear to have been issued since 29 June 2020?

Reply. Thank you for your email. Upton Warren is still closed unfortunately.
I will mention the update on website to communication.
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Old Friday 24th July 2020, 13:24   #39763
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Update 23rd July 2020
We are aware that many people wish to visit Upton Warren, which currently remains closed along with Lower Smite Farm. Whilst we recognise that people really want to get back to this wonderful nature reserve, we do not believe that it is currently safe to re-open it. We need to consider the safety and protection of all our staff, volunteers, neighbours and visitors and our reasons for keeping Upton Warren closed, for now, include but are not limited to:

We lack the resources to regularly clean the hides to reduce the chances of Covid-19 transmission
We lack the resources to provide a booking system to ensure those who travel to Upton Warren will be able to spend time in the hides or will be able to socially distance in the limited viewing areas outside of the hides at both The Moors and The Flashes
We are unable to ensure that socially distancing and the wearing of face masks is taking place
We need to take into account the needs of Aztec Adventure, whose land has to be crossed in order to reach The Flashes
We understand that people may be comfortable with the personal risk they may encounter should we open the reserve. However, as the legally responsible owner, we have to balance our ability to provide a safe place to visit based on our legal responsibilities and the capacity to meet those requirements. At the moment, we don’t see an option to safely open Upton Warren. As things change we will continue to review the situation and will advertise any changes here.

Thank you for your understanding.
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Old Friday 24th July 2020, 13:33   #39764
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2 sp. Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Green Sandpiper still a dozen Avocet + young and a third pair of Common Terns has raised two chicks. Several Lesser Whitethroats recently fledged in hedgerow by farm.
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Old Tuesday 28th July 2020, 12:44   #39765
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Flashes 28 July 2020:

Three Cattle Egrets on the Flashes at 12.30 viewable from the John Corbet Way public footpath.

IF VISITING PLEASE STICK CLOSELY TO THE PUBLIC FOOTPATH AND DO NOT WANDER OFF THE PATH WHICH COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH FARMER (ARTHUR ALWAYS SAID SHE COULD BE FUNNY!)
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Old Tuesday 28th July 2020, 13:41   #39766
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Flashes 28 July 2020:

Three Cattle Egrets on the Flashes at 12.30 viewable from the John Corbet Way public footpath.

IF VISITING PLEASE STICK CLOSELY TO THE PUBLIC FOOTPATH AND DO NOT WANDER OFF THE PATH WHICH COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH FARMER (ARTHUR ALWAYS SAID SHE COULD BE FUNNY!)
Egrets have left Flashes. They have been seen locally in Stoke Prior feeding amongst cattle and are likely commuting between the cattle field and the flashes.
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Old Tuesday 28th July 2020, 21:01   #39767
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CATTLE EGRETS......led me a merry dance all afternoon.....finally got them in the fields behind the School at Stoke Prior ...still present at 7pm....
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Old Tuesday 28th July 2020, 21:04   #39768
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CATTLE EGRETS......led me a merry dance all afternoon.....finally got them in the fields behind the School at Stoke Prior ...still present at 7pm....
Good for you and if they are a lifer then Congrats!
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Great Keith and John,

I am - of course! - on holiday on Dartmoor!
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Good for you and if they are a lifer then Congrats!
Thank you..yes my 1st ever ...3 a bonus.....
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Frog on the menu last evening...
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CATTLE EGRETS......led me a merry dance all afternoon.....finally got them in the fields behind the School at Stoke Prior ...still present at 7pm....
That is one brilliant photo.
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Flashes this morning- 2 Spotted Flycatcher by the muck heap and 1 seen later by the 3rd flash,4 Common Sand, 2 Green Sand, 9 Avocet, 8 Curlew and a few Common Terns. 2 Red Kite and a Redstart were reported.
Seen from public footpath, reserve is still closed until the virus goes away probably in the next 2 or 3 years?
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Middleton is open - what is the difference? #askingforafriend

Laurie -

P.S. i emailed an enquiry about an historical aspect of another Trust reserve..........in April - pray what are they actually doing during ‘lockdown’?
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