No Finer Life

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Date / Time Start date:  Wed, 28/02/2018 - 6:30pm - 9:45pm Time details:  Time: The performance will start at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm. The show will run for 1 hour 25 minutes including a 15 minute interval. There will be a 20 minute after show discussion on production, the issues of the countryside and life in Ambridge. Graham Harvey, writer of more than 600 episodes of The Archers, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero and an enduring romance. Set in the Oxfordshire countryside at the end of World War Two, rich in tradition and full of vivid, memorable characters, but this is no nostalgic, bucolic ramble. This is Elizabeth’s story… Summary: ...
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Knot update

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On the 22nd September 2017 519 Knot were colour ringed at Formby point (see previous posts).  In the first couple of weeks we received about 100 sightings from the local area with good numbers feeding in land at Caldy wildfowl collection.  I knew Black-tailed godwit fed on swollen grain readily however I had never heard of Knot doing this.In the 74 days since ringing we have now received over 860 resightings of over 350 individuals from 15 observers.  So far four birds have been seen in Ireland (Dublin bay and Wexford) and five to Morecambe bay with the remainder remaining around Liverpool bay. To put some some of scale on these data in the last 10 years a total of 328 Knot have been re-encountered (mostly retrapped) within the same estuary as their ringing site. In just over 2 months the efforts of 4 main observers have...
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Eider hit a new high but not a lot with them today

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
ChoughAlong the footpath fence at SW corner of horse paddock at least just before 10amNorth wallNothing doing on sandworks circuit (16 Linnet)Eider - 1710Common Scoter - 1 poss 2 femaleGreat-crested Grebe - 2Outfalls areaGrey Seal - 1

Cake, But No Hawfinch

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Yesterday morning I dropped Gail off at a cake decorating workshop at the National Trust property Sizergh Castle in south Cumbria. Gail went Christmas cake decorating and I took myself off for a walk for a few hours. By the way Gail's cake looked fantastic and you can see a picture of it below. I can't wait to get stuck in to it with a bit of tangy cheese! Gail's professionally decorated cake; very proud of her!It was a glorious crisp, frosty morning with clear skies. The views on my walk were superb with vistas out to the Howgills, Lakes and Morecambe Bay. Shortly after commencing my walk I walked through two large fields of unimproved grassland that were carpeted with ant hills, and sadly as you might expect they were an oasis in a Ryegrass desert! I made a note to myself to return in the summer and have a look at the profusion of wi...

Pinks Galore

Posted on - In Brian Rafferty Wildlife Photographer
Following on from my last posting I am now showing some of the many images I took last week highlighting the large numbers of pink footed geese present at the the very large gathering of pinkfeet and whooper swans at Pilling.I have never seen as many geese occupying a field.The images cannot show all of the geese but there were certainly many many thousands.It was an incredible sight and the sound of them all when they took to the air was memorable.I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to capture the spectacle and I made the most of the wonderful opportunity by taking a camera full of images.Hope you like the selection below but it was one of those occasions where you have to be there to fully appreciate what was happening.I will of course return to the location over the coming months hoping for more wonderful encounter...
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Nice selection on a quick trawl round

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Nowt seen yesterday, with the reason being the tide was half way in and the Chough wasn't in easy to watch locationsChoughAlong the fence in the horse paddock about 1000hrsNorth wall offshoreEider - 1675Scaup - ad m, 1CYm, 2 fGoldeneye - 2fRed-breasted Merganser - 6Great-crested Grebe - 3distant unidentified black things x 5 were probably Common ScoterRed NabMed Gull - large bird - not the Czech ad...

Buses, Boots, & Birds.

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First Snow On Clougha Pike. Pete Woodruff.Perfect yesterday for the plod along the coastal path from Lancaster to Glasson Dock from where I took this shot of the first snows on Clougha Pike with the Cafe 'd Lune and the newly painted old railway bridge over the River Conder in the foreground. On the River Lune off St Georges Quay, a pair of Goosander and Grey Wagtail seen. On Freemans Pools, a Goldeneye was close by, but any wildfowl on here were all at the far west end, amongst which a few uncounted Teal and Gadwall. In the field by Frog Pond, 15 Greylag and 10 Curlew were of note, and the Wildfowlers Pool which would currently be more appropriately called 'Wildfowlers Lake', held 4 Goldeneye three of which were smart drakes. There was probably up to 200 Canada Geese on Aldcliffe Marsh, but I didn't linger to count.One ...

Gee tha’s a cold wind

The Safari had a quick shuffy at our spreadsheets and discovered we'd not seen a Woodcock on Patch 1 before the other day making it the fortieth species we've found on the Patch so far this year. Not only that the Ring Necked Parakeet that flew over Base Camp on Wednesday was the 33rd species for the garden this year and the first of its kind ever! it came from the north...but from where??? We've heard one up at Monty's walkies field which is to the north of us, could it be that one and just how many are there around town now; three have been in Stanley Park now, an increase of two in recent days.Yesterday we joined the Wildlife Trusts Living Seas team for a rather chilly and very blustery two seawatch from the top of Rossall Tower. Storm clouds gathered and the sea tossed and turned but there was a good turn out despite everyone realising ...

Snippets

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Sorry, there‚Äôs no local news today.  Instead a couple of snippets for those interested in protecting birds of prey followed by a cautionary tale about a twitch that never was. Raptor Persecution Positive news from Scotland on protection of birds of prey as the Scottish National Party (SNP) very recently adopted the policy of supporting the licensing of shooting estates. On Saturday 2nd December at the National Council in Perth, SNP activists voted in support of a resolution calling for the licensing of shooting estates to be introduced in Scotland. This made it party policy to support licensing for driven grouse estates and adds weight to the campaign for the licensing of all shooting estates in Scotland. The Scottish Government recently set up an expert group to consider issues around grouse moors, including licensing...
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Wishing our trainees a bright future

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Release date:  Fri, 08/12/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  As our My Biodiverse Society trainees finish up, we wish them a really warm goodbye as they start their careers as conservationists. Here our Merseyside Trainee Officers Johnny Pescod and Mark Pritchard explain what the traineeship has meant to them. The 12 month paid training and work experience placements included a one month induction, individual personal development plans, personal projects and practical training and experience, to address skill shortages in surveying and to help trainees gain further employment within the conservation sector. read more...