Ogston - The Reservoir
w/e 02 November 2008
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

The latest images for the four weeks in October this year pretty much took care of themselves with Autumn Footprints, Ilkeston Fair and the Stapleford Town Walk but as we neared the end of the month, I hadn't planned anything so it was a spur of the moment decision that took us about fifteen miles north of Ilkeston to Ogston Reservoir. A bright and sunny morning gave way to a cloudy afternoon and a cold north wind made it feel more like January than late October but here are a few shots from our visit anyway.

From the North Bank

There are three public car parks around the banks of the reservoir and this image from the one on the north bank into the hazy sun's rays reflecting off the water is looking across towards the Ogston Sailing Club.
Sailing Club

Another car park on the west bank is adjacent to the Sailing Club but separate from it. It was here on Ogston Reservoir that Derbyshire born and round the world record breaking yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur began training for her sailing career.
Guided Birdwalk

Ogston Reservoir was originally created using water from the River Amber by flooding the valley in 1958 destroying most of the village of Woolley. It was created to supply the National Coal Board's Carbonisation Plant at Wingerworth but is now used in conjunction with the nearby Carsington Reservoir and supplies water for the local area. Covering an area of 220 acres, it holds 1300 million gallons of water and much of the land around the reservoir is off limits to the general public being a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There are areas though which are accessible to members of the Ogston Bird Club and regular guided walks start as this gate just off the west bank car park.
Stone Structure

Another path from the car park leads to a stone built structure at the edge of the reservoir and this is open to the general public.
Bird Hide

The structure is in fact a hide from where ornithologists can pursue their bird watching from the relative comfort of wooden benches and through narrow windows. Over 220 bird species have been recorded at Ogston.

STWA Notice

Inside the hide are a number of informative and educational notices of which the above produced by the Severn Trent Water Authority is one.

And this is what the ornithologists come for - a view through one of the windows showing a variety of the birds that make the reservoir their home. The glass in the windows is somewhat grimy as you would expect in such an exposed position but the windows can be opened and secured to allow clearer views of the waterfowl. Opening a window for this shot also exposed us to that cold wind again and although the birds have to make the best of the conditions whatever the weather, we decided to resort to the warmth of the car for our return home.

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