Sunday, 3 October 2010

Inner Wet Marsh Farm extensions

The group were very lucky today to have a behind the scenes trip to the new extensions at RSPB Inner Marsh Farm at Burton. If you thought watching the rain at the Ryder Cup was bad then this trip was ideal for wadering birds.

We were met by Jeff the deputy warden who quickly showed us the new wader scrapes and the site for the new hides. Over 100 snipe were wheeling around with lingering swallows and house martins.

This new extension or what used to be Burton Fisheries has now created a huge reserve, which links Parkgate all the way round to Point of Air.

The plan for a 3 mile boardwalk around the site will be fab but we will have to wait till 2012 for the finished reserve. This new extension and plans will create a reserve that we will all want to visit time and time again.

Thanks to Laura for organising it and Jeff for turning out and showing us round. We will be back!!

1 comment:

Liverpool RSPB said...

All signs point to this being a really FAB site. Work on the new pools and scrapes is now complete, hides and boardwalks work starts January.
Reserve reports this year have included Bittern, Long billed Dowitcher 5 types of Raptors, Kingfisher on the fishery ponds,large flocks of waders and Black, Marsh and Whiskered Terns. Other inhabitants of note: up to 15 types of Dragon/damselflies, Water voles and polecats! The White Egret roost had 50 young this year.
The new site will include a large Visitor centre/picture window hide, a purpose built Sand Martin bank, a screened bird feeding area and pond dipping facilities for the kids.