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 Post subject: Disabled birders
PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:08 am 
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Which are the best sites in Lincolnshire for birders who are either unable to walk or who can only walk very short distances from their cars?

In his posts, 'Max' has sometimes described the challenges he faces, so it might be worth drawing up a list for the benefit of those in a similar situation.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be wealth of information on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's website.

I would imagine most LWT reserve hides are not easily accessed and their car parks may be located away from the main 'action'.

In Cleethorpes, various seafront car parks (notably the one at the leisure centre) might be productive at certain times of the year for coastal waders/ wildfowl and gulls (though sadly not shearwaters or skuas).

The car park at the Humberston Fitties pools also has merit, especially for watching feeding little egret, with the chance of waders on passage and, in winter, little grebes, shoveler, wigeon and Brent geese aplenty in flight. Short-eared owls and marsh harriers are also seen occasionally, and relative rarities such as pectoral sandpiper and black-necked grebe have also been recorded in recent years.

Unfortunately, the car park at Cleethorpes Country Park doesn't overlook the lake which is usually the main focus for birders.

We won't all be nimble for ever. Disability is always a possibility, so it might be helpful if there could be a register of county locations that are friendly to disabled birders, both those living within the county and visitors.


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 Post subject: Re: Disabled birders
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:14 am 
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Well said Jim!

My favourite coastal site is perfect for those who cannot or have problems walking, and that's Grainthorpe Haven :D .

The only times I get out car is either to take photos/videos if its too awkward to do in car, have a natter or a pee.

Scotton Common Reserve is almost the same as above for me.

Saltfleet Haven I rarely get out car and if I do it's usually for a leak.

Chowder Ness no need to walk.

Keb Wood[/b] I never leave car.

My favorite inland site Black Bank and Carr Dyke again only need to keep within the few yards of car.

Bonby Carrs and Appleby Carrs no need to leave car.

Horkstow Bridge. These have mentioned have maybe changed since my visits.

Nebraska Wetlands only a short stroll to hide but I prefer to watch from my mobile hide.

Have you noticed a theme going on here?

If as is usual in the past, I doubt very much if the well known birders put owt on this thread, so prove to me am wrong, go on help the disabled and maybe we may find new places to visit one day.

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 Post subject: Re: Disabled birders
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:52 pm 
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Thanks, Max, for taking the trouble to draw up that list - I am sure it will be invaluable for any birder who is permanently or temporarily disabled (or recuperating from injury or illness).

Subject to committee approval, perhaps the list might be worth having a dedicated section of its own on the LBC website.

On the same subject, has anyone attending the AGM noticed what a problem it is to access the meeting room at Horncastle's Admiral Rodney Hotel for those who are unsteady on their pins who struggle for breath as they climb the stairs? It's not known as the Top Deck suite for nothing.

And what if there were a fire?

For the sake of disabled attendees, future AGMs meeting should surely be held at ground floor venues?


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 Post subject: Re: Disabled birders
PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:36 am 
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I'd like to suggest that a section could be made available for sites to visit for those with walking difficulties etc. Or if that is asking too much why not on the Venues section add the word Disabled Birders and as a sub-heading places to visit once we have clicked on the section. I notice it is hardly used these days, so I think that is a good idea. But the powers that be may not agree.

I'll start the ball rolling with the sites I mentioned earlier if the Webmaster agrees.

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 Post subject: Re: Disabled birders
PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:50 am 
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As expected no one added to my list, not much changes does it [-X

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