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Old Sunday 18th April 2010, 17:08   #1
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middleton lakes 18th April

Between 2 and 5p.m. today we saw at Middleton Lakes, a barn owl, little egret, sedge warbler, 1 dunlin, 1 green sandpiper, 1 ringed plover, 3 little ringed plover, 2 oystercatcher, 1 redshank and one female pintail, and a couple of common terns. Pete, Sandy & Barry

We met a couple of experienced birdwatchers we knew, who had heard a grasshopper warbler reeling from Fishers mill Bridge but we were unable to find it later but have no reason to doubt the report.
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Old Sunday 23rd May 2010, 16:42   #2
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Is this open to the public now?
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Old Sunday 23rd May 2010, 19:14   #3
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There has always been a public footpath through the lakes. Had an organised walk there in February. Work was going on a pace and there were big plans ahead.

Are any of the hides/viewing screens in place?
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Old Monday 19th July 2010, 17:48   #4
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There has always been a public footpath through the lakes. Had an organised walk there in February. Work was going on a pace and there were big plans ahead.

Are any of the hides/viewing screens in place?
No hides or screens when i last popped over about 2 weeks ago, in fact no sign of any work going on at that time.

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Old Monday 19th July 2010, 18:15   #5
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Where are Middleton lakes please.
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Old Monday 19th July 2010, 18:33   #6
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Where are Middleton lakes please.
Its on the Coleshill Rd (A4091) just outside Fazeley. Not really open to the public yet though.
Main entrance is via Middleton Hall.
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...13733&t=h&z=16

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Old Wednesday 15th December 2010, 17:55   #7
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Its on the Coleshill Rd (A4091) just outside Fazeley. Not really open to the public yet though.
Main entrance is via Middleton Hall.
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...13733&t=h&z=16

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Hi i've looked on google maps and found it hard to locate the lakes, can you pinpoint roughly where they are please.
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Hi i've looked on google maps and found it hard to locate the lakes, can you pinpoint roughly where they are please.
Hi denny
I have put a marker (i think) where the lakes are, looking at the map taking the top of the map as north the lakes are north east of Middleton hall... its all the lakes in the strip, both north and south of my marker.

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http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=52.5...,0.013733&z=16
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Old Thursday 16th December 2010, 11:15   #9
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Denny - Check out my blog. There are maps with all the sites on there.
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Thank you so much spuggyhawk and Periwinkle, this is why i hold birdwatchers with such high regard, always helpful and polite.

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 16:43   #11
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It won't be long before this reserve opens to the public.
I hadn't been here for over a week and I was surprised to see how much everything had grown and come into leaf. The Bluebell wood looked great,however all the paths were bone dry.
Highlights for me were my first 2 Swifts of the year,these being the 132nd species for the year for the reserve (not all seen by me). A pair of Garganey were still on the north pit and there were a nice selection of waders including Oystercatcher,LRP,Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing chicks, 3 Ruff,6 Redshank and a Greenshank.
It was also good to see Kingfisher and Yellow Wagtail, a Cetti's Warbler was singing from across the river.
Adam Archer called the reserve 'The Minsmere of the west midlands' which isn't far from the truth.

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New in today was a Black-tailed Godwit. The 3 Ruff and 1 Greenshank were still on north pit. A Cuckoo called briefly, 2 Grasshopper Warbler sang by Dosthill Lake and 4 Swift flew north.
I may have seen the Honey Buzzard fly northeast but didn't get enough on it to be sure,watched from the Dosthill Lake Bund hill (thanks Steve and Tom for the prompt text).
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No new waders in today except 1 Snipe,my first of the month. The pair of Garganey were still on north pit, 9 Swift flew north.
Highlights for me were a Hobby hawking insects,a bright male Wheatear on north pit,2 Ravens being mobbed by Crows and a Cuckoo was seen and heard.
Dragonflies seen were a few Large Red Damselflies and a Banded Demoiselle.
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Just a thought, If the Bluethroat has left Upton Warren,then Fishers Mill Pool looks ideal for one at the moment. Worth a look.
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Just a thought, If the Bluethroat has left Upton Warren,then Fishers Mill Pool looks ideal for one at the moment. Worth a look.
Sounds like a good place you have there, the new Minsmere of the midlands ..OK then Geoff we are the new Cley here at Upton warren
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Sounds like a good place you have there, the new Minsmere of the midlands ..OK then Geoff we are the new Cley here at Upton warren
Like it, However,it would have to be a mini Cley.
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The drake Garganey was still here this afternoon with 9 species of wader including 1 Ruff,1 Snipe,1 Greenshank and a Dunlin was new in.
My first Garden Warbler of the year sang by Bassett South pools.
The work party were busy putting up a signpost by Fishers Mill Pool so no need to get lost now.
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New in today was a Turnstone, a Ruff was still here otherwise quiet in the strong wind.
Nice to see a Small Copper butterfly.
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Plenty more this evening - see mt blog for details.
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Plenty more this evening - see mt blog for details.
Yeah plenty more !! wish i could of got down today

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A good selection of waders again this morning,mostly on the north pit. The Wood Sandpiper and Turnstone were still around plus 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin and 2 Common Sand. A late Snipe was still on Fishers Mill pool.
A male Whinchat was a nice find on the RSPB play meadow. Pity I missed a Marsh Harrier and 2 Little Gulls.
I'm now off to Lincs for 5 days but will be back for the May 7th bird count, looking forward to it but hope the rain keeps away as we still have no hide on the reserve.
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Just checked up on the year list for the reserve, I reckon we've seen 112 species in April and the year list stands at 138.
Not too bad I would say. Anyone seen a Barn Owl yet?
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I agree regarding no hide on the north pit, do u know if there are plans for one in the near future?
A raised hide in the right place would give some great views of the pit.

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I agree regarding no hide on the north pit, do u know if there are plans for one in the near future?
A raised hide in the right place would give some great views of the pit.

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A hide is planned,getting the money to pay for it is the problem.
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A hide is planned,getting the money to pay for it is the problem.
Always the same...Money !!
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