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Looking for local Bird Hides or good walks... resource/where to locate?

Hi All

Here's something that - if well documented - I am sure many of us here would be interested in.

I have been searching on Google et al for Local Bird Hides in my vicinity, but with limited luck, in fact, with almost no luck at all. I guess most of the bird hides are perhaps not open to the public, or are owned by the local Wildlife Trust and one has to be a member to gain access to the locale and entry itself.

So, does anyone know how I might find out where there are 'local' (being relative of course) hides that one can visist...? I went to Slimbridge with Jen and Heather during the Christmas break, and there were several hides on the levels of the Severn that were excellent. It was a fair distance away from me though and would like to locate something a little closer if possible.

So perhaps we could use this thread as a reference / list of;
  1. where we can find 'resources' which will help anyone in the UK locate local hides and watches
  2. the location of hides we are already aware of
Goo idea...? maybe so, maybe not, but thought I'd give it a go to see if we could collate some useful information for us all to benefit.
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Re: Looking for local Bird Hides or good walks... resource/where to locate?

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One of my best friends, Dennis Furnell, wrote the guide to the Nature Reserves of Britain. I have his book here.

I also have other guides.

Give me a clue where in Wales and I'll give you his recommended sites.

And the local groups are enormously helpful if you look in their sites or talk to them. Many reserves are for public access even if they have to restrict at times.

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Re: Looking for local Bird Hides or good walks... resource/where to locate?

Hi Peter

WOW - that's cool, and great news eh!

Specifically for me it would be any hides in Newport, and the broader Gwent area. We have the Gwent Levels for Marsh Harriers and many type of waders, and I'd also like to find out what is about in Monmouth, Hereford and the river Wye areas. I know there are Peregrine Falcons nesting there each year and visited the RSPB site there a few years ago - well before I got my camera though!.

Then finally, there's the Brecon Beacons (loads of predatory and heathland birds there) and Mid Wales (Red Kite, Goshawk and Sparrowhawk territory).

I am also taking a trip to Skomer Island in the springtime - thousands and thousands of cliff/sea birds and the Manx Shearwaters.

Any info on these would be most welcome. Thanks Peter.

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Re: Looking for local Bird Hides or good walks... resource/where to locate?

Hi John

Try these and the links pages from such


http://www.gwentbirds.org.uk/
http://www.glamorganbirds.org.uk/links.htm
http://www.cardiffnaturalists.org.uk/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southeast/sites/reserves/

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Re: Looking for local Bird Hides or good walks... resource/where to locate?

Thanks Andy - I did read your PM the other day, thanks for that.

I took a look at the one site that makes reference to a reserve in Newport in Alt-yr-yn, and when I visit the Gwent Wildlife trust site it references the location as: Allt-yr-yn 20ha. ST 299888

What does that mean...? How do I find it? I know where Alt-yr-yn is, don't live that far from there, but no idea what this reference means... can you help?

Also:
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Sat 08-Dec-2007 08:00 Ynys-y-Fro Meet DB and AP at the 14 Locks car park for a moderate 3-hour walk. ST279 886 [171]
Is the AP = you...?
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Re: Looking for local Bird Hides or good walks... resource/where to locate?

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Thanks Andy - I did read your PM the other day, thanks for that.

I took a look at the one site that makes reference to a reserve in Newport in Alt-yr-yn, and when I visit the Gwent Wildlife trust site it references the location as: Allt-yr-yn 20ha. ST 299888

What does that mean...? How do I find it? I know where Alt-yr-yn is, don't live that far from there, but no idea what this reference means... can you help?
See

http://www.sewhgpgc.co.uk/os.php

or

http://mapzone.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/.../easypeasy.pdf

if you are really lost with ordnance survey.

Or paste ST 299888 into multi-map.

Some GPS systems let you enter map references as well.

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Re: Looking for local Bird Hides or good walks... resource/where to locate?

John,

These grid references are used by walkers and or navigators to pinpoint precise locations and to find their way across fields, rights of way, and access land. Very common to use in conjunction with a compass. The reference is from the 1/25 OS Explorer map most typically used by walkers.

It is well worth getting the OS Explorer map for your area as they reveal immense detail about your local area that you never knew existed. The great thing is that in an emergency you could give that grid reference and your rescuers would know exactly where to find you, rather than something like " in a field near a hedge 20 minutes from the big hill!"

Basic map reading and references is fairly easy, so if you are going to be looking for hides then it will certainly benefit you. The maps are inexpesive at about 7-8 quid a piece and your local newsagent will have one.

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Re: Looking for local Bird Hides or good walks... resource/where to locate?

Thanks Nick and John for the info, very helpful.

Here's a reference to somewhere not far from me (read on another forum), it's the walk between the two Severn Bridges;

Google Map here

Apparently one can see Merlins, waders and some wildfowl on the walk between Redwick (just North of Second Severn Crossing - new bridge) and Aust Warph (just South of old Severn Bridge)
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John

One of my best friends, Dennis Furnell, wrote the guide to the Nature Reserves of Britain. I have his book here.

I also have other guides.

Give me a clue where in Wales and I'll give you his recommended sites.

And the local groups are enormously helpful if you look in their sites or talk to them. Many reserves are for public access even if they have to restrict at times.

Peter
John

have spent a while copying it all to pdf and have emailed to reflecting me email. Let me know if it doesn't arrive!

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