21 February 2017

Blakehill:  Jack Snipe, at least 19 Common Snipe, 2 Teal, Brown Hare, c100 Redwings, c15 Fieldfares, c14 Meadow Pipits, 8 Stock Doves.    Robin Griffiths

Whelford Pools NR: 9 Goosanders (6m,3f); 2 m Goldeneye; m Gadwall; 2 Little Egrets; 2 Little Grebes; Marsh Tit     John Durell

CWP 6:   34 Tufted duck, 6 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 23 Coot, 2 Black-headed Gull, 5 Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested grebe, 2 Snipe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Long-tailed Tit and 1 Treecreeper.    Kim Milsom

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20 February 2017

CWP 74:  Lapwing 230, Golden Plover 80, Green Sandpiper 2, Oystercatcher 1, Shelduck 4, Buzzard 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Goldeneye 6 (3 males & 3 redheads). Little Egret 1, Bullfinch 1, several Song Thrushes in song in the area.    John Grearson

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19 February 2017

CWP 57:   Twitter is reporting the male Scaup still present on 57.    Paul Ritch.

CWP 41:  2 Great White Egret.   Clive Scarlett.   (Les Ditchburn –Twitter)

CWP 59:  Little Egret over, Jay, 2 Great SpottedS Woodpeckers drumming,
the following singing – 3 Song Thrush, Blackbird, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Wrens, Chiffchaff, 2 Chaffinches, 4 Reed Buntings.  Spring in the air..     Jon Mercer

CWP 74:  200 Lapwing and 1 Sparrowhawk.    Ken Cypher

CWP 68a/b:   140 Pochard.    Ken Cypher

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18 February 2017

CWP 57:  Drake Greater Scaup, 67 Tufted Duck, 14 Pochard, 12 Great Crested Grebe and Oystercatcher.  Singing Cetti’s Warbler and 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker.   Nigel Pleass.   Trevor and Sue Clayson. 

CWP 74: 2 Great White Egret (on bank of scrape in the afternoon).   Jim Day.   John Grearson.

CWP 41:   11 Goosander (inc mating pair),  8 Goldeneye, 69 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard,  27 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 2 Siskin, 35 Goldfinch,   2 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Mute Swans, 2 Cormorants, a Little Egret, 150+ Wigeon, 8 Shoveler,   3 Mallard, 17 Coot & 10 Black-headed Gulls.    Nigel Pleass.   Trevor and Sue Clayson. Robin Griffiths.

CWP 44:  4 Drake and 7 redhead Goosander. 2 Mute Swans,  40 Red-crested Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck & a Great Crested Grebe.  Nigel Pleass.    Trevor and Sue Clayson.

CWP 6: 2 Goldeneye. Reed Bunting. 2 Mute Swans, a Cormorant, 36 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 6 Coot, a Moorhen & 4 Black-headed Gulls. On the cafe feeders a Greenfinch, Blue, Great & Long-tailed Tits, Robins, Dunnocks & Blackbirds. Jim Day.  Trevor and Sue Clayson.

CWP 29: 7 Mute Swans, 15 Great Crested Grebes including a displaying pair, 16 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons nest building, 37 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 8 Wigeon, 6 Mallard, 15 Coot, a Moorhen, a Green Woodpecker & a Sparrowhawk flying over.  Trevor and Sue Clayson.

CWP 28A – 23 Tufted Duck, 3 Mallard, 4 Coot & a Moorhen.   Trevor and Sue Clayson.

CWP 28: – 3 Mute Swans, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, 21 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard & 11 Coot.    Trevor and Sue Clayson.

CWP 30 – 3 Mute Swans, 6 Cormorant, a Grey Heron, a Canada Goose, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, 56 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 21 Coot & 2 Lapwing over.   Trevor and Sue Clayson.

CWP 35 – 4 Great Crested Grebes & 10 Tufted Duck.   Trevor and Sue Clayson.

CWP 38 – a Shelduck, a Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a male Goldeneye, 13 Tufted Duck, a Mallard & 2 Coot.    Trevor and Sue Clayson.

Swillbrook:.  At least 20 Siskin in the alder along the brook and by 58.   Robin Griffiths

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17 February 2017

CWP 30: 3 Smew (1m, 2f)  Roger Gillespie

CWP 28A: 1 Goosander (f)   Roger Gillespie

CWP 57:    Male Scaup on far side of lake.   Graham Watson

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16 February 2017

CWP 305:  A pair of Goosander, a pair of Bullfinches and c700 Lapwing   Ken Cypher

CWP 74:  150 Shoveler, 11 Goldeneye and 1 Snipe    Ken Cypher

Blakehill NR:  A pair of Stonechat    Ken Cypher

North Meadow, Cricklade: A single Little Egret on the meadow.  Robin Griffiths

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Hailstone Lake

It is with a heavy heart that I am having to make this entry on this website.

Sales particulars have been released for the sale of Hailstone Lake.   For details see: http://webbpaton.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Hailstone-Lake-Particulars.pdf

Hailstone Lake is owned by the Cotswold Water Park Trust and is known to birders as Lake 68a/b.  It is the central and possibly largest element of Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve.    Offers for purchase have been requested by mid April.  It has always been known that the lake should be developed for low key non impactive water sports but the sales details clearly identify the potential for triathlons, dragon boat racing etc.  The new owner would also acquire the sporting rights on this land.

This has appeared in the public domain without volunteers or members being made aware and as at the time of writing nothing has appeared on the Trust website.

The statement made by the CWPT board is as follows:

The Cotswold Water Park Trust seeks partner to develop water activities at Cleveland Lakes

The Cotswold Water Park Trust purchased Cleveland Lakes in 2003 with the purpose of developing the site into the Cotswold Water Park’s top wetland nature reserve and to provide facilities for both visitors and water activities, including rowing.

Since 2003 the Trust has been carrying out major restoration works that have greatly enhanced the site’s value for wildlife and opened up public access.

The Trust has recently concluded that while it possesses the necessary skills to develop the wildlife side of the Cleveland Lakes project, it does not have the capacity to realise the potential of the proposed water activities lake.

Accordingly, the Trust has taken the decision to market the Water Activities Lake (Hailstone Lake) in an attempt to engage a potential partner with which it can continue to realise the potential of Cleveland Lakes.

Responsibility for the Wildlife Lake, the newly created reedbeds and other wetland habitats will remain with the Trust.

I anticipate a number of responses being made by readers of this website.  This website operates independently of the Trust and I know no more than I have been able to explain above.   Please could any responses be made direct to CWP Trust rather through this website.   Bob Philpott

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