February 20th, 2009, 11:44 PM
Hello from Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK
Having posted quite a few shots into Surfbirds galleries over a few years, I thought it was about time I joined the forum as a registered member!
I've had an interest in wildlife and photography for quite a few years now. I've travelled around the country quite a bit over the years but tend to concentrate on my own local patches more nowadays - I even manage to find the odd reasonably 'good' bird occasionally (almost anything slightly scarce counts as 'good' around SW Leicestershire ).
February 21st, 2009, 04:14 AM
Hi Adey, thanks for the intro. Nice to meet you on the forum.
February 22nd, 2009, 07:50 PM
hi adey, welcome. where are your local spots?
February 22nd, 2009, 10:20 PM
Originally Posted by michael23
Within walking distance of my home is Burbage Common and Woods http://www.lros.org.uk/burbage.htm which is more or less exactly what it says in being old common land and a cluster of old woodland sites, fully open to the public with all the attendant issues with lots of people, etc., but many of the birds have adapted to this and are quite easy to see. If you want a close encounter with Nuthatches or Marsh Tits then with a handful of sunflower seeds, this your place! (no need for a hide of any sort)
The village (Sharnford) where I grew up, about 4 miles away has this site: http://www.lros.org.uk/fossemeadows.htm in this case, former farmland that has been turned into a 'nature park' again with lots of visitors but still plenty of space to find wildlife.
A few miles away is Croft Hill and Croft Quarry (sorry, no links to any site descriptions yet). The whole area around here is promising, the quarry company has laid out a nature trail near to the quarry (which itself holds a couple of interesting breeding birds - nudge nudge, wink wink, etc!) and the local river floods regularly meaning farming is curtailed near to it and it attracts various species. Within walking distance is a long-established sandpit complex with sand martins, etc., a boggy area with over-wintering snipe, an old grassland site and a field with old hornbeam trees and the like. All in all there's always something to see or hopefully find (no major rarities yet, but we keep looking!). As the area covers a number of parishes it's difficult to give it a single site name to encapsulate the whole area in one phrase but it's turned up most of the better species that we've seen in the whole district. 'We' in this instance is my mate Carl Baggott and I who have watched all of these sites regularly over a number of years. We do get 'gazumped' from time to time, though - we missed a spring Pied Flycatcher on Croft Hill last year and then an autumn one as well before finally finding one of our own in late September just to even the score!
Oh, and the current avatar that I'm using is one of several redstarts that we had last autumn on Croft Hill
Last edited by Adey Baker; February 22nd, 2009 at 10:22 PM.
February 23rd, 2009, 04:50 PM