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Old Tuesday 25th August 2020, 11:28   #39776
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Middleton has wide paths and the capacity for a one way system on the narrow paths. There is no ability for a one way system at UW and the paths are not wide.
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Old Wednesday 26th August 2020, 11:01   #39777
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With all due respect Julie i have been using UW for over 40 years and have never had a problem negotiating the paths. They are like any other path or track - if you are walking towards one another there are plenty of pull-ins to get out of the way. There seems to be plenty of non-birders using the place from what i hear so maybe more actual birders present will augment the 2 appointed ones?

Closed hides doesn’t mean you cannot bird if you really want to have a mooch.

The Trust should stop Petal-dicking imo - other organisations have listened to their subscribers whilst they still subscribe.

How long is this piece of string going to be?

I will now look for my Tin hat

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Old Wednesday 26th August 2020, 15:57   #39778
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The WWT need to get the volunteers back to cut the hedges in places to see over and cut the grass to widen the paths then the reserve could be reopened, surely the hides could be used safely if notices were put up to say keep 1-2 metres apart? there is no problem using the hides at Belvide. If people think the paths are too narrow then they should look at the public footpath around the flashes, now that's narrow but is gradually being widened.
Birds seen in and around the flashes this morning included 3 Avocet, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Curlew, 2 Green Sand, 3 Common Sand, 1 Common Tern, several Sand and House Martins, 3 Redstart, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff and 4 Spotted Flycatchers.
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Old Sunday 30th August 2020, 18:32   #39779
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Just wondering which is the preferable approach for the public footpath - from the A38 or from the south?
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Old Sunday 30th August 2020, 20:57   #39780
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Just wondering which is the preferable approach for the public footpath - from the A38 or from the south?
It's probably nearer from the A38 but parking is a problem at either end, it's a pity the reserve carpark isn't open. I believe some park at Webbs.
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Old Monday 31st August 2020, 20:44   #39781
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It's probably nearer from the A38 but parking is a problem at either end, it's a pity the reserve carpark isn't open. I believe some park at Webbs.
Thank you for your reply Geoff! We viewed the Flashes from the public footpath yesterday and it was a bit of trek from the A38 side so I was just wondering if it would be closer (and with less stiles) from the other side of the footpath. We had distant views of Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Common Snipe, Avocet, Lapwing, Curlew, Grey Heron, Gadwall, Shoveler and BH Gulls. A Peregrine was on one of the transmitters.
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Old Tuesday 15th September 2020, 07:02   #39782
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The results from the West Midlands All-Day Birdwatch on Saturday 5th September when a new record of 32 sites participated, producing a further record of 140 species observed (Curlew Sand at UW missed off the spreadsheet).
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Old Tuesday 15th September 2020, 15:40   #39783
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The results from the West Midlands All-Day Birdwatch on Saturday 5th September when a new record of 32 sites participated, producing a further record of 139 species observed.
Once again Phil, thanks for all the time and trouble to prepare the above info, brilliant, very informative.
I dont know if it`s too late to add to the list for Sutton Park, but went to see the RB Shrike on the 5th Sept, didnt see half those birds listed but did see a Sparrowhawk, which is NOT listed for Sutton Park.

By the way what was the "withheld species" if your now at liberty to say?

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Old Wednesday 16th September 2020, 06:30   #39784
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Once again Phil, thanks for all the time and trouble to prepare the above info, brilliant, very informative.
I dont know if it`s too late to add to the list for Sutton Park, but went to see the RB Shrike on the 5th Sept, didnt see half those birds listed but did see a Sparrowhawk, which is NOT listed for Sutton Park.

By the way what was the "withheld species" if your now at liberty to say?

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I will let the Sutton Park guys know of your sighting. Unfortunately I am still not at liberty to mention to withheld species.
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Old Wednesday 16th September 2020, 23:02   #39785
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Update in the Trust website:

"Update 16th September 2020

Thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s*Heritage Emergency Fund, we have funding to help support us and address some of the*impact of Covid-19 on Worcestershire’s natural heritage.* As part of this fund, we are pleased to announce that we are*recruiting short-term staff*to help visitors to our nature reserves to fully appreciate and discover more about the wildlife that lives there.*

Upton Warren
Our intention is that our new temporary staff will help us to partially reopen Upton Warren, initially for two days a week under controlled conditions.* This will include a booking system to manage numbers.* We will provide further details on our website once our staff are in post. Upton Warren remains closed for now."
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Old Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 08:38   #39786
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Okay NOT taken at UW but in my reasonably close neighbourhood. Worcester area.


Can someone identify this for me please? I know what I would like it to be but the more i learn the less I know. Over to some kind person. Pretty please.

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Just found a likely comparison pic. What threw me was the 2 lines coming from its eye. Think its not an escape - think its young and female of the variety. Found 3 pairs and several singles on a adjacent pool in 2018 - it was suggested they were escapes!! Not convinced. Haven't seen any since but plenty of hiding places etc etc. Not rare!
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Old Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 09:03   #39787
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Okay NOT taken at UW but in my reasonably close neighbourhood. Worcester area.


Can someone identify this for me please? I know what I would like it to be but the more i learn the less I know. Over to some kind person. Pretty please.

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Just found a likely comparison pic. What threw me was the 2 lines coming from its eye. Think its not an escape - think its young and female of the variety. Found 3 pairs and several singles on a adjacent pool in 2018 - it was suggested they were escapes!! Not convinced. Haven't seen any since but plenty of hiding places etc etc. Not rare!
Looks like a Mandarin Duck
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Looks like a Mandarin Duck
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Old Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 12:03   #39789
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Thanks to you and Albional for your replies. What I was curious about was the fact that the bird has an extra white line coming from its eye and I can find no real explanation for this and only one other photo on line.
I had the feeling that this was a young bird and wondered if it had flown in from somewhere close having perhaps been bred locally.

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Old Wednesday 14th October 2020, 18:57   #39790
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The Trust has now announced sessions for the reserve, bookable via their website. Salient points are:

- Moors Pool only
- Access limited to Trust members only (not clear if Worestershire Trust only or all Wildlife Trusts)
- Two days a week (Thursday and Saturday)
- Two sessions a day, each with 12 people
- Morning session 10am to 12:30pm
- Afternoon session 2pm to 4:30pm
- Can only book 1 session every 3 weeks
- Starts Saturday 24th October
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Old Wednesday 14th October 2020, 21:01   #39791
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The Trust has now announced sessions for the reserve, bookable via their website. Salient points are:

- Moors Pool only
- Access limited to Trust members only (not clear if Worestershire Trust only or all Wildlife Trusts)
- Two days a week (Thursday and Saturday)
- Two sessions a day, each with 12 people
- Morning session 10am to 12:30pm
- Afternoon session 2pm to 4:30pm
- Can only book 1 session every 3 weeks
- Starts Saturday 24th October
Sounds like a bit of a waste of time.
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Old Thursday 15th October 2020, 10:11   #39792
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Sounds like a bit of a waste of time.
The morning session could do with starting a bit earlier, not suggesting sunrise but perhaps 8.00 or 8.30?
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Old Thursday 15th October 2020, 14:45   #39793
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Why is The Moors only able to open on TWO days ---"Thanks to Heritage Fund" as per Worcs Birding Twitter.
Does this require additional funding that the Trust cannot afford?
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Old Thursday 15th October 2020, 18:14   #39794
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Sounds like a bit of a waste of time.
They need to do much better than this if they expect us to renew subscriptions.
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Old Friday 16th October 2020, 10:38   #39795
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Everyone knows that Covid has rest periods ...Thursday and Saturday.......between 10.30 and 12.30 and again 2 to 4.30. It also remembers anyone that it sees but this lapses after 3 weeks....SO THESE ARE REALLY GOOD MEASURES TO STOP PEOPLE CONTACTING COVID......nice one....

Why do "powers that be " loose all common sense when called on to administer it ?

Is that right you can walk on public footpaths regardless of width ?
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Old Friday 16th October 2020, 15:57   #39796
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[quote=Phil Andrews;4073886]The Trust has now announced sessions for the reserve, bookable via their website. Salient points are:

- Moors Pool only
- Access limited to Trust members only (not clear if Worestershire Trust only or all Wildlife Trusts)
- Can only book 1 session every 3 weeks ???

I booked for Sat 24th before I realized that I already had a previous committment.
Then made a booking for the following Thursday. The system allowed me to do this before I had cancelled the first one.
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Old Friday 16th October 2020, 21:40   #39797
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I'm afraid I don't think I will be visiting Upton again as the Trust are a joke.
Good luck to all the volunteers and everyone who works here.
The trust don't really want members do they as they have shown a total lack of respect to the ones they still have.
Sorry but I had to say it
Goodbye Upton once a great place.
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I'm afraid I don't think I will be visiting Upton again as the Trust are a joke.
Good luck to all the volunteers and everyone who works here.
The trust don't really want members do they as they have shown a total lack of respect to the ones they still have.
Sorry but I had to say it
Goodbye Upton once a great place.
It Still will be , the birds and other fauna and flora will still be there. I am just a member of the Trust. This means to me protecting nature in the county/country, they may get somethings right and fail on some occasions. I hope they succeed. I hope in 100 years time, future generations can still enjoy a walk in the woods.

I would like to send a thanks to the volunteers/staff who have battled to keep the Trust going.
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I was having a go at the JOKE called the trust not the people or the reserve
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I was having a go at the JOKE called the trust not the people or the reserve
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