Circuit training

I’ve been trying to get a walk in the dunes at Ainsdale in each lunchtime this last week or so – in a daft, hectic schedule I reckon I can still squeeze a circuit in that takes about 45 minutes south of Shore Road.
Don’t manage it everyday, but enough to keep me sane…ish.
After all, if your office is just a few steps from the most exciting dune system in England, it seems wrong not to play with it.
Today was kinda typical, six Willow Warblers singing (but none particularly strongly), which is an increase from the four when they all started up on Sunday.
The week has provided a Peregrine, a few Wheatears, and territorial Mipits too of course.
Newly vocal Chiffchaffs sing at Dempsey Towers just after dawn, fresh and clean as cut crystal, but the wintering Blackcap has gone.

Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange Tip and Green Veined White were on the wing today, and a survey visit to two pools I’m down to cover, revealed good numbers of Natterjack Toad tadpoles and some new spawn strings, despite the frosty nights.
The cold air and the blue, blue skies means there doesn’t seem to be much on the move – although lunchtime is probably the worst time possible to go looking after all – but at least Swallows and a House Martin were struggling through today.
The local Buzzards wheel about everywhere, and the odd Redpoll and Siskin head north, but I still live in expectation of Spring really exploding.
Plenty of time yet… but sooner rather than later would be good!

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  1. Despite a relatively mild winter, this spring has been cold and slow to bloom. Now that it has, it is the perfect time to discover one of the best bluebell woodlands in the region this Easter – at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, near Neston. Each spring, the nature reserve’s Gorse Covert – an area of ancient woodland, bursts into colour with a blanket of blue.
    Dan Trotman, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Dee Estuary reserve, said: “It’s one of my favourite times of the year, when the woodland floor gradually changes from its dull winter green and brown to the vibrant blue hue, signalling the start of fresh life across the reserve. Since opening in 2011, more and more visitors have visited Burton Mere Wetlands specifically during bluebell season to admire the spectacle. The contrast of the deep blue against the greenery of the trees, surrounded by birdsong, creates a lovely setting for a relaxing stroll.”
    Families visiting the nature reserve this month can enjoy a self-guided quiz trail to learn all about bluebells, whilst the reserve team have recently revamped the den building area and added some additional wild play features. For the most avid nature explorers there are also backpacks to hire containing everything needed to get that bit closer to the reserve’s array of wildlife.
    Dan added: “We’ve gradually been adding to the range of activities aimed at families here, and this year it is better than ever for encouraging children to get close to nature. From our Wild Challenge quiz trail, to the bigger and better den building zone and improved Explorer Backpacks, plus the scenic garden which makes a perfect picnic spot, we hope local families will enjoy spending time here more than ever.”
    The family quiz trail is available every day from 9.30am-4pm, and costs £1 per quiz sheet (normal admission charges apply for non-members). Explorer Backpacks are available at the same times, at £3 each.
    The reserve, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year is also delighted to be trialling an RSPB shop outlet in Burton Mere Wetlands’ visitor centre. Visitors can browse a selection of items including binoculars, bird food and feeders, then order on site for convenient home delivery.
    For more information on the reserve and its activities, check out the website, phone 0151 353 2720 or email


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