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Brandon Marsh Nature ReserveSatellite View
The reserve is owned and managed by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. It consists of a combination of scrubland, reed bed, ponds and lakes. There is an entrance charge of £2.00p for non-members and facilities include a cafeteria and toilets. A number of paths network the reserve and there are also hides overlooking the main lake. The most important summer residents of the reserve are a population of Cetti's Warblers. The best place to find them is at the start of the nature trails, near the reserve map from where their distinctive call should be heard in the bushes. The reserve is also home to Grasshopper Warblers, which can be heard in the reeds and scrub but seldom seen. Recent unusual sightings have included Osprey, Spoonbill and Great Grey Shrike. It is also well worth having a good look around the car park area as recent sightings here have included Black Redstart and Stonechat.
Coton LakesSatellite View
This site is best in the winter months when it is home to various species of wildfowl. Smew have been present here for several consecutive winters. Other regulars include Goldeneye and Goosander. A Ferruginous Duck was present for several years up to 1998. The lakes are all close to the road so just park off the road and viewing is straightforward.
Draycote WaterSatellite View
This large reservoir, owned by Severn Trent Water is probably the premier site in Warwickshire. The easiest way to watch birds here used to be to drive around the perimeter road (approx 5 miles) and stop at convenient viewing points - but this is no longer allowed. However, you can park in the nature trail car park and walk. The site is best in the winter months when a wide variety of species of wildfowl are present including Goldeneye, Goosander and Wigeon. Other occasional visiting species include Smew, Scaup and Common Scoter, Slavonian and Black-Necked Grebes. Four Great Northern Divers over-wintered here during 1998/99. The reservoir is also a roost for large numbers of Gulls (50,000+) and these frequently include Glaucous, Iceland, Mediterranean and Little Gulls. The gulls can be viewed from several points around the perimeter but the best bet is to look for the other birders who gather in the evening (about an hour before dark) in the hope of finding something special. A good telescope is essential for this as the birds are generally fairly distant. The reservoir is also a stop-off point for passage migrants both in spring in autumn with visitors typically including various Waders, Black and Arctic Terns and Osprey. Half of the perimeter of the water is grass, which is ideal for grazing geese and ducks. The other half is a man-made bank of boulders, which is home to all three common species of wagtails and to kingfishers. Outside the perimeter road are trees, shrubs and a hedgerow that provide a home for all the species one would expect including treecreeper, woodpeckers and warblers.
Number of bird species: 307
Count Bird - White-tailed Plover Vanellus leucurus [as it was a UK first... ...plus it was used for the now very rare Warwickshire Birders car stickers!]
Birds noted at Ladywalk Reserveshort annual report obtained from the head warden, Steve Cawthray, 129 Greenfinch road, Chemsley Wood, Birmingham, B36 OQX firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Birds of the West Midlands...covering Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and the former West Midlands County - Graham Harrison and Janet Harrison 496 pages, colour photos, line drawings, maps. West Midlands Bird Club 2005
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Where to Watch Birds in West Midlands- Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Former West Midlands - F Gribble, G Harrison, H Griffiths, J Winsper and S Coney Series: WHERE TO WATCH BIRDS IN BRITAIN AND EUROPE: HELM SERIES 312 pages, 53 maps, 24 line drawings. Christopher Helm due June 2007
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Draycote Reservoir Recorder - John Judge
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Banbury Ornithological SocietyWebsite
Founded in 1952, the Society studies the bird life in the twelve 10km squares surrounding Banbury and includes parts of Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. Fieldwork is the core of BOS activity, however, the Society also holds regular monthly meetings, publishes a monthly newsletter and Annual Reports, manages 5 bird reserves and is pro-active in local conservation matters...
Nuneaton & District Birdwatchers' ClubWebsite
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Warwickshire Wildlife TrustWebsite
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is the leading local environmental charity, protecting wildlife and natural places throughout Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.
West Midland Bird ClubWebsite
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - The WMBC serves birdwatchers and ornithologists in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and the Metropolitan WM, with lectures, field trips, a bulletin and an annual report... - Local page for Tamworth: http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.com/tamworth
West Midland Bird Club - Coventry BranchWebsite
Serving Coventry & Warwickshire.
Brandon Marsh Nature CentreWebsite
Your visit to Brandon Marsh Nature Centre starts at the Visitor Centre, opened by Sir David Attenborough in 1998...
Site description, recordings, bird list, photos, contacts and more...
The Unofficial Guide to Brandon MarshWebsite
Brandon Marsh is a superb mosiac of open water, wetland and grassland that attracts a wonderful variety of wildlife. It is especially important for birds throughout the year, but also provides suitable habitats for many other plants and animals...
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Archie's British Birding Blog Deluxe EditionBlog
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BLOG from a birder in Warks...
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Welcome to Keith's Birding, a personal view and recording of birdwatching (or 'birding') in and around my locality. The main page is a diary, with accounts of my various trips, sightings and thoughts on nature near my home base of Wigram's Turn Marina - along with accounts of my conservation work at Brandon Marsh Reserve. There are also various links to pages giving more details about this site and some of my birding records...
Welcome to Warwickshire Birding this Blog will be updated on a regular basis and will include all news from the Warwickshire Birding scene. This site will be for postings of Bird or Bird related news only, no Gossip / Questions or Discussion Threads. Steve Seal...
Birds of Shustoke ResevoirWebsite
Shustoke Reservoir lies on th B4114 Coleshill to Furnace end road, south of the river Bourne. The site runs 1.5km west to east, the main pool is only 400mts across at its widest point. The water supply comes from the river Bourne which feeds the small pool of eight acres at the eastern end, the water is then transferred to the main pool of 92 acres. Disturbance at weekends from sailing boats can be a problem…
Log book, access details, and much more.
Gulls in the West Midlands RegionWebsite
This is a personal website which presents data and images relating to gulls in the West Midlands Region (the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the metropolitan county of the West Midlands).
All things birdy in Warwickshire including a species list and up to date information on sightings.
West Midland BirdingWebsite
Welcome to West Midland Birding, my new web page dedicated to birdwatching. This website describes some of the best birdwatching sites in the West Midlands area. A description is given of how to find them and which birds you are likely to see at different times of the year. Covers some sites in Warwickshire too.
Photographer - Ashley Grove Wild ImagesGallery
Ashley Grove is a semi professional photographer based in Worcestershire. Having a life long interest in wildlife, his images show that passion. With several lectures available to Birding and Photography groups, Ashley is a highly rated speaker...
Photographer - Brian McGeoughGallery
This is just an on going gallery to see how I can improve my birding pictures I will replace bad with good as I get better...
Photographer - Keith Burtonwood - Click on the WildsideGallery
We live in the beautiful Warwickshire village of Easenhall. The garden is flanked by an ancient hedgerow which I try to leave undisturbed. Some 35 species of bird and various mammals and plants are present throughout the year - species such as Nuthatch, Great Spotted and Green Woddpeckers, Tree creepers, Goldcrest and Fieldfare to name but a few...
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A growing portfolio of bird pictures...
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