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  1. DorsetBoy
    02-03-10 12:13 PM - permalink
    Hi Dick. I was reading your message from last October about you playing music in the museum. The penny has just dropped! You were saying about Sparrowhawk Fledglings & a Jay in the trees in Castle Park behind the museum. I have never though of looking there & it's just across the road from the bus stn, where I am in & out all day. I could have a look if I had a short break one day. Cheers. Pete.
  2. DorsetBoy
    18-10-09 03:09 PM - permalink
    I opened the local newspaper only to find that my concerns, unfortunately were justified.....some person or persons had burnt down the hide! It's such a shame!
    This has turned out to be one of my diatribes again! lol. What I was trying to say at first was that I really liked the photo's of your birding location.
    Kind regards.
    Pete....The Dorset Boy.
  3. DorsetBoy
    18-10-09 03:05 PM - permalink
    continued....I wondered how long it would be before it was vandalised as it is open all the time? The last time that I visited the place there was a long piece of wooden rail missing & polystyrene chip cartons & paper, etc strewn about. I said to my wife that it puts me off visiting the place again as I don't like to see vandalism...I see enough of it as I am a bus driver. I wrote to The Ulster Wildlife Trust to thank them for making such a lovely place for people to visit & also to voice my concerns about vandalism creeping in. I didn't get a reply...
  4. DorsetBoy
    18-10-09 02:58 PM - permalink
    continued...I have often been over to Ballymacormick Point with the dog & to sit down on a small hillock & chiill out the stress & watch the birds. It's a lovely place....even better if people would clear up after their dogs as I always do. We have to protect these lovely locations & keep them as we find them when we leave.
    There has just been a 7.75 acre wetlands area created about 1 mile from where I live. It is near a council housing estate & an industrial estate. I first visited it a few months ago but it looks like it's not established yet? It has 2 lakes & a scrape pond. They must have spent loads of money on it as it has a hide & plenty of boardwalks complete with hand rails & also wooden decked areas where you can sit near the edge of the lakes.
  5. DorsetBoy
    18-10-09 02:56 PM - permalink
    I have missed out on so much because there was so much of a variety of places to go around Dorset to watch birds. Brownsea Island (Branksea Island as we used to call it) is a very good place for birds & wildlife. Poole Harbour to Radipole Lake near Weymouth the list seems endless.
    I have been here since 1989. I first came over for a holiday in 1979 as my brother lived here & I fell in love with the place & the people. I met my wife in 1988 whilst on holiday & now we are just about to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversay on Wednesday 21st Oct.
  6. DorsetBoy
    18-10-09 02:55 PM - permalink
    Hi Dick.
    Many thanks for your reply. It looks like a lovely place where you live...out in the country? I am a country boy at heart but my wife is a confirmed "townie", hence..I live in Bangor. I was actually born in Poole, Dorset, but always loved the countryside. I lived out in the sticks for many years & wildlife was always around me. Unfortunately, although I loved wildlife I wasn't so interested in birds as I am now. Yes, I used to feed them, etc. to be continued..
  7. DorsetBoy
    14-10-09 11:27 AM - permalink
    Hi Ptarmigan, welcome. I live in Bangor & often go to The RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve or Ballymacormick Point between Ballyholme & Groomsport. It's nice to see someone else from Ireland on here. Kind regards. Pete.
  8. Neil Rigby
    11-10-09 10:29 PM - permalink
    Neil Rigby
    Hi Ptarmigan! Good to see another person from Ireland joining us. Keep your eyes peeled for the others. Looks like you've got plenty to discuss.

  9. clydebirder
    11-10-09 03:30 PM - permalink
    Hi Ptarmigan, welcome to the forum. You've had an interesting mix of employment, looking forward to your contributions to the forum

    cheers, John
  10. Twitcheruth
    11-10-09 02:04 PM - permalink
    Welcome to the forum Ptarmigan!

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