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Green sandpipers

Posted by Jon Carter 
Jon Carter
Green sandpipers
December 05, 2004 03:24PM
2 green sandpipers were on the large pool in the field adjacent to the Fairfield Millennium Orchard, Lancaster, this morning.
For those thinking about NY Day listing, if the weather gets really cold and the ponds at Aldcliffe are frozen then I suggest checking this site first as it's fed by a spring and in previous winters the sandpipers have been regular here - along with good numbers of snipe.
Re: Green sandpipers
December 05, 2004 03:54PM
Directions, please, can't find it on my Street Atlas.

Jeff Butcher
Re: Green sandpipers
December 05, 2004 11:02PM
Hi Jeff,

From the one-way system in Lancaster:
Turn left at the traffic lights by Waterstones onto Meeting House Lane. Continue past the railway station and turn left onto Ashfield Aveune, then onto Sunnyside Lane. This road reaches a dead-end at Edenbreck Farm. Continue straight ahead on the footpath signposted 'Fairfield Millennium Orchard' for c.150 metres until you can see fields on the left. The pool frequented by the Green Sandpiper(s) is partially obscured by a hawthorn hedge and a 'scope would be useful (Grid ref. SD470610). The fields to the left of the path through the Millennium Orchard are part of what the Fairfield Association hope will become an urban nature reserve in the near future.

Pete Crooks
Re: Green sandpipers
December 06, 2004 09:13AM
Thanks,Pete.

There is an obvious assumption that most people reading messages know where places are. When "official" names appearing on maps are used, there is little problem finding them. However, locally used nicknames or non-map names appear and newcomers like me have no idea where people mean. The site map also helps, but it is not detailed enough to cover all places mentioned.

Jeff Butcher
Re: Green sandpipers
December 06, 2004 04:32PM
Agreed - I got pulled up over Heysham outfalls the other day -so easy to be presumptuous re-missing out "power station"
bit.

That is also why we have standardised the gravel pits and avoided the term "Dockacres"
other than an all-inclusive term "Dockacres complex". Its a bit awkward when fishing interests re-name places!

There is one birder in this area who missed the Whiskered Tern on 'Babydoc'(now Tewitfield) due to going to the wrong pit; Dockacres back pool, referred to by some as Little Dockacres! (now Borwick Lake) at the only spare time he had - a school lunch break + journey to & from Morecambe.
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