I remember Dom posting a few photographs of the Claypit being flooded last year to make a lake similar to Blashford Lakes.
Michael mentioned the other week it was flooded as high as its probably going to be but there hasnt been any mention of it opening?
Perhaps they are building a nice hide close enough for the public+Photographers to view the wild fowl when it arrives.
If any of Arne staff could enlighten on when it might open it would be nice!
Capturing the Light with an original perspective displayed in every Photograph..perhaps
I don't think there's an awful lot of wildlife to be seen at the moment but I could be wrong. May take some time for the waters to settle.
Think it will be lucky if it gets like Blashford Lakes.
you never know..be nice to see what its like...Hint Hint Dom..:-)
I did mean to pay a visit at the weekend but my poor little legs wouldn't take it.
Michael had the 4 wheel buggy saturday..you could get a lift if you cant manage the walk..:-)
It's the walk back that kills ya.
Take your bike..:-)
Haven't got one. Not sure if bikes are allowed on the reserve...?
I see them riding up the main road..but not on the reserve,so I guess its a no-no..pity dogs are allowed as some people dont head the notices..I personally think it would be better without dogs!
Think Paul and Rob got on top of the dog problem as it was really bad about 3 years ago but have not seen anyone with a dog off lead for a couple of years.Don't think they can be stopped altogether because footpaths probably but they do little damage if on lead.
Usual story, irresponsible minority, same goes for some parents too, I'd like to see footballs banned as well!
The clay pit is indeed nearly full up, but as Dom says it is pretty barren of wildlife and will be for a while. It is still not owned by the RSPB (neither is the clay road up to it) so it is still out of bounds for the forseeable future.
We do plan to open it up to the public at some point but it will depend on how successful the project is for wildlife and how we can minimise the impact on the heathland surrounding it.
We shall keep you posted.
Why are we all worried about that though when there are displaying firecrest in the carpark!!!!!!!!!! If they breed here this year it will be jaw droppingly amazing!
The claypit will be a great source for wader birds and wet fowl..I like to get some nice photographs of these birds and I am hoping that the clay pit will be a realiable source for similar to what you find at Blashford Lakes near ringwood..I was just curious Robert..and yes its great the firecrests might breed there this year..if you can ever find the little B's..:-)