Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Old Moor RSPB reserve

Tuesday was dull and windy in the morning and early afternoon. We made a spur of the moment decision to visit the RSPB reserve at Old Moor near Rotherham. Never having visited the RSPB web site was used to plot the location of the reserve on our Sat Nav and off we went.

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It was still cloudy and windy when we arrived and it seemed sensible to take precautions against any sudden showers that might descend on us as we walked around the reserve. The reserve is on the site once occupied by a colliery.
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It’s hard to believe that this was once an area decimated by colliery spoil. There’s plenty of hides around the small lagoons from which to view the birds.
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We had a look from most of the hides which have views out across the water. My favourite spot though was the hide just outside the main RSPB building. Here the super large bird feeders were visited by many birds including this bullfinch.
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After our walk around the reserve we popped into the café/restaurant for a cappuccino each. We may have to visit again and try the lunchtime menu which looked very appetising. As we left the café after our cappuccino it was just starting to rain. Our timing had been just right as the rain continued to fall from late afternoon into the evening.


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