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LOCAL SITES!

Burbage Common and Woods.

 

0ur home patch, accessed from junction 1 M69 or off the Leicester Rd ,Earl Shilton to Hinckley Rd This is our favourite site with a interesting and varied habitat Consisting of mainly woodland, open common ground and meadow it provides us with some of our best records for the Hinckley and Bosworth area. These include Lesser, Greater and Green Woodpeckers, Little and Tawny Owls,Marsh,Willow and Coal Tits Skylarks, a large colony of Tree Sparrows;Yellowhammer,Linnet,Siskin,Lesser Redpoll, Garden, warbler, and a regular sighting of wintering Merlin, displaying Woodcock and Sparrowhawk.We also run regular guided walks around the site Our dawn to dusk day is one of the best .

Fosse Meadows,

This site situated on the Old Fosse Way is one of the best birding sites in the Blaby D C area This site is in its early days,  but has recently shown some real promise . Birds seen on recent trips have been. Curlew,Kingfisher,Little Ringed Plover,Woodcock,Skylark,Reed Bunting,Snipe and Linnets. If your in the area Fosse Meadows is worth a visit Search for the new pool & Wader scrape.

Bosworth Water Park.

Situated on the B585 one mile from Market Bosworth this water park can be very productive at certain times. Early spring or autumn are best when the crowds are much less.  Our sightings include Cuckoo, Turtle Dove, Common /Artic Terns ,Osprey, Black Necked Grebe, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Sandwich Tern , Osprey Hen Harrier and a lone Avocet .

Sence Valley Country Park

Situated at the village of  Ibstock 3 miles south of  Coalville  This is a disused open cast mine that has been turned into an attractive country park by the Leicestershire County Council. The area has recorded some excellent sightings including Short Eared Owl. Quail, Hen Harrier, Red Footed Falcon, Whinchat & Stonechat. Many trees have been planted under the National Forest plan ;this in time will alter the open aspect this site offers, only time will tell. 

Groby Pool

A great  site situated off the A50 at Groby , Watched  regularly by county gull expert Andy. Caspian Gull is now a familiar sighting along with Peregrine, Mandarin, Common/Artic and Sandwich terns. If you are unsure of Caspian ID.   I am sure Andy will point you in the right direction.

Thornton

Our only large reservoir in the Hinckley &  Borough Area   .Accessed from the Desford /Merrylees Rd or Markfield off the A50 is an excellent winter site. During the angling season it can become very crowded. Regular records include Black Necked Grebe, Osprey, Little Gull, Grey Wagtail, Tree Sparrows (large colony worth looking for ) Tawny and Little Owls. We call it Coot City obvious when you visit. If your a bit of a batman this is an excellent site.

Stanford  

This large reservoir is a permit  only site which are available from The Northamptonshire Wildlife. However it can be viewed from the Stanford to Welford Rd Bridge that crosses the river Avon. A large gull roost is well worth spending time searching, .expect anything ,our sightings have been Little , Glaucous, Med, Caspian and Iceland Gulls. Winter Duck sightings can be in large numbers. We have recorded up to 90 Goosesander, 1500 Wigeon, 145 Goldeneye and many interesting species inc Black Tern and Wryneck. No boats and limited angling contributes to the success of this site.

Bagworth Heath & Woods

This site has risen from the ashes of a Coal mine and I'm sure that the old miners would definitely approve. It is in its early days with thousands of young trees forming part of the National Forest. Being a high location with heathland it has attracted many birds that thrive in this environment. Sightings of Ring Ouzle, Short Eared Owl, Stonechat, Wheatear , Skylark and Peregrine have been reported. We will be spending more time @ this site over the next few years to get a better picture of birdlife in all seasons