Attenborough - At Fifty Part 02
w/e 15 May 2016
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Keith Corbett Memorial Hide

The last image in Part 01 of this walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve shows that the Keith Corbett Memorial Hide is, in essence, a large elevated shed with a small platform at one end. The board at the foot of the steps that lead up to the hide shows that it was opened in 2009 to the memory of the wildlife lover who was one of the campaigners in the early 1960s whose aim was to establish the site as a Nature Reserve. Inside the hide there are slit windows providing views over the Reserve above which are images and information to assist in identifying many of the birds that can be seen. There is also a map of the site on the door which indicates the location of other hides.

Kingfisher Hide

One of those other hides, the Kingfisher Hide, can be seen through the windows across Clifton Pond in the trees to the right whilst in the distance the Power Station at Radcliffe On Soar is clearly visible.
Gravel Island

I don't profess to be an ornithologist at all but those that are would benefit greatly from a pair of binoculars to view the many birds on a small gravel island in Clifton Pond which appears to be a popular nesting spot.
Clifton Pond

Looking from the hide to the south east across Clifton Pond, the hedge line in the distance marks the position of the River Trent whilst the trees on the other side of the river are at Brandshill Wood. All of the reedbeds on the nearside of the pond are named Millennium Reedbeds which surely must indicate when they were established.
Greylag Geese

A pair of Greylag geese with a family of three chicks were making the most of the fine weather at the edge of the reeds. I said I'm not much of an ornithologist but these can be distinguished from the more common Canada geese by their orange bills.
Wheatear Field

As we left the hide, this view from the platform is to the north towards the church in Attenborough Village and over Wheatear Field and Tween Pond. Between the two is another reedbed known as Tween Pond Reedbed. The information board we passed earlier in the walk on Wet Marsh Path includes a lot more detail in a section headed "Life amongst the reeds".
Wheatear Field Scrape

We returned to the Wet Marsh Path from the Keith Corbett Hide passing the area on the right known as Wheatear Field Scrape to turn right onto the path that leads to Barton Lane which is the main access to the site, the Visitor Centre and the car park.
Visitor Centre

As that path rises to cross one of the bridges over the water there is a good view of the state-of-the-art eco-friendly Visitor Centre which sits on an island in Conneries Pond.
Nature Study

On this occasion we didn't visit the Centre but turned right at the entrance near the end of Barton Lane to follow Church Path between Church Pond and Tween Pond. Regular events and activities are held and on this particular day there was one for toddlers to find out more about nature. One youngster certainly didn't need much encouragement to make friends with a swan on Tween Lake.
Church Pond

We continued along Church Path enjoying lovely views through the trees of the blue waters in Church Pond. This was in marked contrast to the grey day last September during the Autumn Footprints walk.

St Mary's Church

Unmarked GravesChilwell Explosion PlaqueChurch Path is joined on the right by Brookside Path which would have taken us back to where we started the walk but we opted to continue along Church Path through Education Wood into the village and the church of St Mary. Before returning home we paid our respects in the churchyard at the unmarked graves of some of the 139 victims of the Chilwell Explosion that took place on July 1st 1918.

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