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  • Blog Post: Wet, wet, wet - land

    After 4 weeks of hard graft a new wetland haven has been created down at IMF. On land adjacent to Burton Mere Fisheries over 5 hectares of abandoned arable land has been transformed into a network of pools, islands, spits and bays perfect for waders and wildfowl such as lapwing, snipe, teal and pintail...
  • Blog Post: Aerial Antics

    Those that joined us on Sunday's Raptor Watch at Parkgate were treated to a special treat as the wintering birds of prey showed off like never before. Immediately upon arrival a juvenile peregrine was perched upon a piece of driftwood no more than 500m away and there it did stay until sunset....
  • Blog Post: Getting on with the job

    The hard work is continuing down at "Inner Marsh Farm 2" with one big job complete and another big job on going the landscape is changing quickly. Several sluices have been installed which will allow us to effectively control water levels on our new shallow pools. Meanwhile a 2.5Km predator...
  • Blog Post: Raptor Watch 19th December

    Sunday's "Raptor Watch" again produced the goods with a fantastic display of hunting from a local barn owl..... After several close passes the owl decided to move on and off it went to nearby pastures ... A solitary woodcock flew out of the marsh heading in the same direction ...
  • Blog Post: Hen Harriers are back

    Up to three hen harriers are back on the Dee Estuary already so get yourself down to Parkgate this weekend from 12 noon to see them. Look for the green "Love Nature" marquee on the promenade at Parkgate and you could get views like this .... Female Hen Harrier by A. Davis
  • Blog Post: Parkgate High Tides - will they or won't they?

    With exactly one week to go before our first Parkgate high tide event of the year, there is much excitement in the air as numerous phonecalls, emails and enquiries begin to ask the familiar old questions. Where is the best place to go? What is the best time to be there? What is the best day to come?...
  • Blog Post: Farming for birds

    If you look beyond the reedbed and over to the far side of "IMF2" you will notice a big change in the landscape as over 8 hectares of land is being prepared to be planted with a barley crop. This area is too dry to be part of the wetland so we got our heads together and came up with a plan...
  • Blog Post: Once Bittern ...

    Wetland conservation strikes again! About 4.20pm last pre-evening I was watching for the great white egrets coming into roost when I got a flash of a large brown bird in the corner of my binoculars. Now we don't get many large brown birds around here so my mind knew what it could be. I quickly...