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Explanation of Access Codes

The letter codes provided with each site are intended to give an indication of the range of access options available:
ABirding possible from a vehicle or its immediate surroundings. Suitable car parking available (may be formal car park or roadside).
BBirding possible from flat and good paths (suitable for wheelchairs), over limited distances. Suitable car parking available (may be formal car park or roadside).
CRough paths and various inclines (not suitable for most wheelchairs), but distances involved short (say <1km). Car parking may or may not be easily found adjacent to site.
DRough paths and various inclines and obstacles, with distances involved >1km. Car parking may or may not be easily found adjacent to site.
EMajor steep and/or long inclines that may have numerous obstacles and poorly maintained paths, and that may involve lengthy distances (>5km). Car parking may or may not be easily found adjacent to site.

Notes on the access codes

This is not a formal accessibility audit, and is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to path quality, inclines, obstacles or other factors which may influence ease of access. For the individual of limited mobility, further guidance may be obtained by accessing websites of formal reserves, and links to these are given on the spreadsheet and Google maps. Examination at high zoom of the Google map, including satellite view, for a site may show the likely terrain and distances involved. Exploring Google map tools will enable contours and gradients to be assessed.

There is no formal, accepted and simple grading system for access to the various types of site which are described. It is recognised that limited mobility can be of a myriad of forms, so the individual must make a personal decision, and we can take no responsibility for the guidance offered here.

The grading criteria are hierarchical: that is, anyone at ease of visiting a grade A site, but not a grade B site, are unlikely to want to fully explore grades C to E. Similarly, anyone comfortable with a grade E site, should have little mobility concerns at visiting grades A to D sites. Visits to many sites can be tailored to individual mobility, from sitting in a Visitor Center or having a limited local walk, to fully exploring the local environment. Consequently some sites have alternative grades (e.g. A/B), or a range of grades (e.g. B-E), dependent on an individual assessment of the exercise to be taken. This guidance is based on using personal vehicle transport. If public transport is used further investigation would be necessary, but bus stops and transport links can be viewed on Google map at high zoom.

Further websites that may be of help in identifying facilities such as available toilets (including disabled) are:

National Radar Key Scheme

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