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Old Friday 2nd March 2012, 20:43   #1
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Clifton Pits Info?

I'd like to pop over to Clifton Pits for a spot of birdwatching, but I haven't been before. I know pretty much where they are (right off the A38 south of Kempsey), but after that, I don't really know anything about the site.
Where is the best place to park?
Where is the best access?
Do I need anyone's permission to visit the site?
Where are the best spots to see birds there?

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Old Friday 9th March 2012, 08:41   #2
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I'd like to pop over to Clifton Pits for a spot of birdwatching, but I haven't been before. I know pretty much where they are (right off the A38 south of Kempsey), but after that, I don't really know anything about the site.
Where is the best place to park?
Where is the best access?
Do I need anyone's permission to visit the site?
Where are the best spots to see birds there?

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Old Friday 9th March 2012, 09:33   #3
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Best parking is here. Please park carefully near the gate.

Public footpaths as marked on the above map will lead you to the main pit and the smaller pits to the south. The main pit attracts the most birds including reasonable numbers of both Goosander and Goldeneye along with a few Green Sandpipers.

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Old Friday 9th March 2012, 16:12   #4
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Old Sunday 11th March 2012, 17:25   #5
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Best parking is here. Please park carefully near the gate.

Public footpaths as marked on the above map will lead you to the main pit and the smaller pits to the south. The main pit attracts the most birds including reasonable numbers of both Goosander and Goldeneye along with a few Green Sandpipers.

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We went over to Clifton Pits today (Sunday 11/3/2012). We saw loads of Pochard and Tufted ducks, around 10 Gossander and a single male Goldeneye.
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Old Saturday 17th March 2012, 21:08   #6
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Dropped in Clifton today. As previous reports in the main. 70 Tufted Ducks, 12 Goosander, 1 Grey Heron, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting and loads of Pied Wagtail.

Very enjoyable walk but not easy walking for anyone going for the first time.
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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 19:03   #7
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seems a long time since anyone posted here, so just in case anyone has a look, 7 Cranes have been around, superb in flight.
thanks Dave for letting me know.
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A video clip of the Clifton Cranes here.

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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 19:57   #9
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seems a long time since anyone posted here, so just in case anyone has a look, 7 Cranes have been around, superb in flight.
thanks Dave for letting me know.
No probem Paul - glad you saw them. You might be one of the last to do so as they were much more mobile today, having been initially spooked by dog walkers. They were last seen flying south west and couldn't be relocated by dusk per Birding Today. Tomorrow will tell if they are still in the area.
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Watched them fly from north to south, passed over the pits. Good views of them in flight, but not so good for my camera. Others were there with long lenses, hope they post some shots.
here's mine.
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Watched them fly from north to south, passed over the pits. Good views of them in flight, but not so good for my camera. Others were there with long lenses, hope they post some shots.
here's mine.
Another flight shot of one of the Cranes from Tuesday here.

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Old Saturday 26th January 2013, 12:45   #12
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just had our first visit to Clifton Pits and what a morning, thought we had missed the cranes,as we arrived at main pool and just got the goldeye and Mary spotted them flying in and they settled in a ploughed field for a while then flew off towards the wood on the other side of the river but look like they landed.many thanks to Adam and Mike.
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7 Cranes flew SE over Stourton in Wiltshire this morning - presumably the Clifton birds?
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Anyone know the age split of the Clfton birds, as I note there were seven in Kent in the week?

Info was specific about 4ad/3juv or something like that.

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Anyone know the age split of the Clfton birds, as I note there were seven in Kent in the week?

Info was specific about 4ad/3juv or something like that.

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One immature, six adults. The seven were present in Kent concurrently with the Worcs birds at one point - so they are definitely different birds. As Phil Andrews suggests above, the Wiltshire flock could possibly be 'ours' but I don't have any further info that might be able to confirm this.
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One immature, six adults. The seven were present in Kent concurrently with the Worcs birds at one point - so they are definitely different birds. As Phil Andrews suggests above, the Wiltshire flock could possibly be 'ours' but I don't have any further info that might be able to confirm this.
Unfortunately the pager message re the Wiltshire flock didn't give any ages. They were flying in a SE direction; if you take a line NW of Wiltshire you roughly come to Worcs.
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Unfortunately the pager message re the Wiltshire flock didn't give any ages. They were flying in a SE direction; if you take a line NW of Wiltshire you roughly come to Worcs.
The odd thing about the Wiltshire report is that it mentioned the birds flying SE over the A417. However, this road only just skirts the northern boundary of Wilts and runs no where near Stourton.

But either way, its seems likely that these were the Worcs birds given the Kent birds were still in situ at the time.

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The odd thing about the Wiltshire report is that it mentioned the birds flying SE over the A417. However, this road only just skirts the northern boundary of Wilts and runs no where near Stourton.

But either way, its seems likely that these were the Worcs birds given the Kent birds were still in situ at the time.

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Yes - I couldnt work it out either (Stourton being in the SW corner of Wiltshire near Stourhead NT)
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WOW WOW WOW, paid my first visit to Clifton pits today, and what an awesome two hours birding.

To my total amazement there was a male ring ouzel I got amazing close up views, it was there on the far side of the pit with nice habitat having a drink, altogether I saw it three times

There was also a goldeneye, 7 sand martins, 2 green sandpiper and 27 wigeon, what a fantastic little place do go birding
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WOW WOW WOW, paid my first visit to Clifton pits today, and what an awesome two hours birding.

To my total amazement there was a male ring ouzel I got amazing close up views, it was there on the far side of the pit with nice habitat having a drink, altogether I saw it three times

There was also a goldeneye, 7 sand martins, 2 green sandpiper and 27 wigeon, what a fantastic little place do go birding
There are Sand Martins in Worcestershire?!? Brrrrrr
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There are Sand Martins in Worcestershire?!? Brrrrrr
Yes mate I was surprised too not as surprised as I was by the ring ouzel though, although they do like it cold
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Another productive couple of hours at this hidden gem of a place.

Added two more species to my year list with a LRP and a stonking male wheatear, also two green sand, 1 goldeneye, 1 redshank as well as the supposed usual suspects.

It amazes me this place isn't watched more
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