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Birdwatching

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month for a 10 o’clock start. We do a leisurely walk for a couple of hours at a reservoir or nature reserve. All venues are, as far as possible, within an hour of Hinckley by car.

Please bring your own binoculars or telescope. And make sure that you have suitable clothing and footwear. Beginners and experienced birdwatchers are welcome.

Clive Cooper
Group Leader

Seven of us met at Thornton Reservoir car park on Tuesday 4th July. After the introductions and role call, we gathered at the spillway to view the water birds. We then moved on up the reservoir to the visitor centre and a bit further. As is usual at this time of year, we heard more than we could see in the wooded areas. But a bird identification app. helped with telling us what these might have been. The perimeter of the reservoir is about 2.5 miles, but my step counter told me that we had walked 1.5 miles. That was ¾ of a mile from the car park and the same back again. So the birds kept everyone well interested in them; and not the walking. Which is how it should be! No-one was an expert, but everyone seemed to contribute something. And everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. In total, we saw 22 types of bird, and also heard a Wren. I think we all managed to see the Song Thrush in the middle of the path trying to remove a snail from it’s shell.

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