April 30, 2017

As a birthday treat for my friend and her husband we took them for a walk around Thornton Reservoir as they had never been before; we set out walking around half past 12, as we were taking them for lunch (included in the treat).

It was extremely windy and the  water was very choppy. There were a lot of families and dogs but the walking is easy.

It didn't appear very promising at first, we had parked in the Reservoir Inn (lunch venue) and taken the path through the church yard. We walked clockwise around the water and soon spotted about 15 tufted ducks, some Coots, a couple of Moorhens and then the little family of Mallards. There was a tree a bit further on with some little birds flying in and out but I'm not very good on bird song and my eyes were watering with the blowing wind so couldn't focus with the binoculars! Next I spotted what I think were two Little Grebes, can't confirm as my friend's husband had gone off with his decent camera. We were accompanied all the way round by a Robi...

April 25, 2017

Sixteen BBC members gathered on our Sunday outing on a beautiful Spring morning, the sun shining with a blue sky and cotton wool clouds, starting in the picnic area listening to the chorus of a dozen different bird songs. A real treat for this birder was the reeling song of Grasshopper Warbler, what a way to start the day.

We spent time on the boardwalk looking over the pond and feeding station, together with the usual suspects in that area good views of the nesting Heron’s and Little Egrets in a large Oak.

Continuing on (past a number of Cockerel and Hens from the farm scratching around the footpath for titbits looking splendid in an array of colours) listening to singing Goldcrest, Blackcap, Robin & Wren, good numbers of Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler from the woodland path.

At this time of year were looking for our summer migrants returning, and after a early start to the season with the warm March weather the recent cold Northerly winds seem to have slowed the expected numbers, so we...

April 20, 2017

Sunday's walk will be a lovely spring walk at Middleton Lakes

Nestled in the beautiful Tame valley, just south of Tamworth on the Staffordshire/Warwickshire border, Middleton Lakes is the RSPB's latest nature reserve to open to the public.

Good weather is shown for the day, although this can change on a whim!

Middleton Lakes is off the A4091, just six miles from the M6 and four miles from the M42, north-east of Birmingham. By car, take the A446, the AA4091 and then Bodymoor Heath Road.

  • Postcode: B78 2AE

  • Grid reference: SP192967

Meet at Middleton Lakes at 09:15 am

Those requiring pickup from the Sapcote base, there is 2/3 seats available with Lee Loveridge, contact him to arrange pickup.

Standard entry is £3 but RSPB members go free.

April 6, 2017

Dear Members,

The speaker at our next meeting 10th April will be Mark Hope-Urwin on Butterflies and Moths. This should prove to be an insight at the start of the season for these insects, which provide a large part of the diet for many birds and thus greatly affect the food chain.

This is a change from the talk previously advertised for this month, but you won't be missing out on Jim Almond as he will be with us in May.

I'm sorry that I can't be there at either meeting. However, you will be in the capable hands of Lee, who will make sure that all runs smoothly.

Please don't forget that this will be one of the last opportunities to bring in tombola for the Burbage Common Open Day on Sunday May 7th. We have already collected 60+ prizes, but if we can get to 100+ we will hit our fundraising target. A big thank you to all those who have contributed so far. Julie Brown will be there to collect any new tombola. We would also welcome any volunteers to help with the stall or bird walks on the da...

April 2, 2017

The onset of the glorious spring sunshine on the first Sunday of April prompted my Wife, Son and I to go for our first family walk of the year.

This first walk was a later start than last year, but this was necessitated by our young Son who is harder to protect from the elements.

The venue for our walk was local favourite Coombe Abbey and Grounds situated just down the road a stones throw from Brandon Marsh.

Whilst this is a typically busy venue, early risers will find that the crowds do not appear until around midday.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable walk, plenty of species to be seen including a breeding pair of Egyptian Geese. The hide was good for a few fishing birds including Egrets, Cormorants and the odd Heron. Due to its proximity I would recommend this venue for a stroll and stop of around 2-4 hours.

This site does charge for parking, 1-2 hours is £2.00 and 2-4 hours is £3.80.

Anyone else who would like to write pieces, please contact me and let me know.

See you all soon!

Lee Loveridge.

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