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Apart from Geoff, I don’t know how many of you know of Woolston Eyes, but it’s a real hidden treasure where my teenaged son spends most of his weekends.

 

http://www.woolstoneyes.com/

 

It’s been nominated by Chris Packham as Nature Reserve of the Year in the annual BBC Countryfile Magazine awards:

 

http://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/articles/20043/1/Nature-reserve-nominated-for-national-award/Page1.html

 

The reserve is the only nomination which is run completely by volunteers who work incredibly hard to manage and maintain the extensive site (just controlling the spread of Himalayan Balsam is a constant and full-time activity!).

I’d be really grateful if you could take the time to support the nomination, which you can do here:

 

http://www.countryfile.com/awards2014-15

 

If you’d be interested in becoming a member, which only costs £10 a year (£20 for families) plus a one off £10 fee for a key to the site, you can print a form from here:

 

http://www.woolstoneyes.com/woolston-eyes/permits/

 

It really is a gem of a place and over the last year I’ve been lucky enough to see peregrine falcons, kingfishers, badgers, lots of bats and, only a few days ago, around 50,000 murmurating starlings, which was absolutely stunning.

 

And all this is right on your doorstep.

 

Thanks for listening.

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I lived in Woolston for nearly 20 years before I realized I was living right next to a full blown nature reserve. An old friend of mine (Dave Riley) is a warden there, you most probably know him.

 

It was exactly the same with Paddington Meadows. I was stunned to find there were rare breed cattle and horses grazing just a couple of hundred yards from my house. 

 

Bill :)

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I'd heard a few people mention Woolston Eyes in the past but I had no idea it was a nature reserve until I saw that it had been nominated for the Countryfile awards.   It looks a great place and we'll definately go there now we know and I've voted for it :D

Re Paddington Meadows... where's that Bill and how do you get to it? 

PS fugs your links work now :wink:

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I think you can get to in in several ways but I just parked up at the bottom of Larkfield Avenue and crossed over a small bridge.

Bit of a warning though, the last time I walked round there, I got bit by a horsefly that must have had ebola. I ended up in A&E.

 

Bill :)

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They are about half an inch long with an inch wingspan. Only the females bite aparently. They are active from may through to september.

 

 

Sometimes people talk about a horsefly sting. But a horsefly doesn’t sting, it bites. What do you have to do right after a horsefly bite to alleviate the pain and reduce the swelling?

  • Cool the area of the horsefly bite with a wet cold washcloth, a coolpack or some ice cubes in a washcloth.
  • Disinfect the bitten area by washing thoroughly with water and soap or treat it with (for example) alcohol. Disinfecting with vinegar is also an option.
  • Keep an eye on the bitten area for a few days. There’s a small chance a bacterial infection might occur. If the area stays red or you see little yellow crusts, then go see your general practitioner.
  • Treat the area with special medication. Your pharmacy sells several treatments for insect stings and horsefly bites.
  • Take an anti-allergy tablet (e.g. one you use for hay fever) to reduce the itching and allergic reactions(

(note that the alcohol should used externally and not internally) :wink:

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I'd add to that, if you end up seeing red / purple veins creeping away from the bite get it seen to right away because it's blood poisoning. 

I ended up getting a right rollicking for not going sooner and was told I could have died in another couple of days.

Then they tell you not to go to A&E with none life threatening problems and this was almost just an insect bite. You can't win!

 

Bill :)

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I remember a few years ago reading a magazine & there was an article about some one who'd been bitten by a very small fly or creepy crawly on a beach in Spain. The man ,who i  think was from Haydock, thought nothing of it ,dismissed it as a holiday inconvenience & was dead within two weeks. As Bill says you can't be too careful.

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Apart from Geoff, I don’t know how many of you know of Woolston Eyes, but it’s a real hidden treasure where my teenaged son spends most of his weekends.

 

http://www.woolstoneyes.com/

 

It’s been nominated by Chris Packham as Nature Reserve of the Year in the annual BBC Countryfile Magazine awards:

 

http://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/articles/20043/1/Nature-reserve-nominated-for-national-award/Page1.html

 

The reserve is the only nomination which is run completely by volunteers who work incredibly hard to manage and maintain the extensive site (just controlling the spread of Himalayan Balsam is a constant and full-time activity!).

I’d be really grateful if you could take the time to support the nomination, which you can do here:

 

http://www.countryfile.com/awards2014-15

 

If you’d be interested in becoming a member, which only costs £10 a year (£20 for families) plus a one off £10 fee for a key to the site, you can print a form from here:

 

http://www.woolstoneyes.com/woolston-eyes/permits/

 

It really is a gem of a place and over the last year I’ve been lucky enough to see peregrine falcons, kingfishers, badgers, lots of bats and, only a few days ago, around 50,000 murmurating starlings, which was absolutely stunning.

 

And all this is right on your doorstep.

 

Thanks for listening.

 

Thanks for the heads up fugtifino and reminder - Voting closes at the end of the Month so please get voting.

 

I've yet to visit the Eyes but read and heard so much about it and the members are very enthusiastic and keen.

 

To gain access you will need to become a member and have a key to get through the gate and across the bridge - look at the web site for more details and make contact :mrgreen:

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Back in the days I used to go there wasn't any key required but I think there'd been some vandalism at the hides.

 

Shame you need to be a member now so I guess I'm never going to see it again given I'd only maybe go once in a blue moon.

 

Yet again the vandals spoil it for everyone. :x

 

Bill :)

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£10 a year is only the price of a few pints in the pub on a Friday night Bill.

How does it work if you want to go for a wander with a friend or other family member though.... do they have to have a membership too or can they go in with you ?  

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Evil Sid with a coat like yours that shouldn't be a problem.

 

The thing about the Eyes is that you will definitely meet loads of enthusiastic birders who I'm sure won't mind spending a few minutes to describe the widlife. Yes there maybe a charge but it will go back into the Eyes.

 

BTW did you know that Chris Packham is the patron or president?

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