Martin Mere

I know it's not RSPB but we had a great day out yesterday at the WWT reserve at Martin Mere watching several thousand Pinkfoot geese grazing on the marshes.For me as a raptor fan the highlight was good long views of 3 Peregrine,Marsh Harrier,Buzzard,Kestrel and Sparrowhawk with only Merlin missing from the expected raptors.It was a great day and worth a trip to foreign parts for us "Yorkies".Not a complaint but have others had problems using scopes in WWT hides ?I struggled with a straight though scope but others found it almost impossible to use angled scopes or was it just me ?Great cafe though and helpful vols,well done folks well worth a visit.

Pete

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  • Sounds good, Seaman. I haven't been to Martin Mere but did find most of the hides at Slimbridge WWT a bit of of a trial.

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  • In reply to aiki:

    Excellent Seaman! Been a while since I went there! I don't use scopes so can't comment!

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  • In reply to Rockwolf:

    I presume these are two of the hides you're refering to.

    Swan Link hide

    Gladstone hide

    I only have exterior shots of the other hides.

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  • In reply to Rockwolf:

    Sounds like a good day out, Seaman. I've not been there although I have been to Slimbridge but not in the hides. What was the issues about using scopes - the height of the openings?

    EDIT. Galatas just posted photos of interior. I can see the problem.

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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    I managed to cope using my very old scope with a straight eye piece and a home made hide clamp (having visited before) but some members of our party found they could not use their angled eye piece scopes in some hides and only with difficulty in other hides and they said it took the edge off their pleasure.It could be us "yorkies" are just the wrong height/shape,it does not seem so long ago that most of us managed with only bins any how.Please don't let my little rant put you off from visiting it is a great place to see great birds and staffed by great people.I was impressed how accessible it was for those not so mobile to me they seemed well catered for.

    Pete

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  • Wendy S said:

    I know it's not RSPB but we had a great day out yesterday at the WWT reserve at Martin Mere watching several thousand Pinkfoot geese grazing on the marshes.For me as a raptor fan the highlight was good long views of 3 Peregrine,Marsh Harrier,Buzzard,Kestrel and Sparrowhawk with only Merlin missing from the expected raptors.It was a great day and worth a trip to foreign parts for us "Yorkies".Not a complaint but have others had problems using scopes in WWT hides ?I struggled with a straight though scope but others found it almost impossible to use angled scopes or was it just me ?Great cafe though and helpful vols,well done folks well worth a visit.

    Sounds an excellent day out Pete, RSPB or not, its still nature, and worth posting.

    Mike

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  • In reply to Galatas:

    Those look enormous hides!

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  • Mike it was 9 years since I first posted this thread, how time flies !! I reckon it will still be a good spot to visit for myself I usually prefer WWT reserves in winter for the fantastic numbers of wintering geese

    Pete

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  • In reply to Seaman:

    Wendy S said:
    Mike it was 9 years since I first posted this thread, how time flies !! I reckon it will still be a good spot to visit for myself I usually prefer WWT reserves in winter for the fantastic numbers of wintering geese

    I've just noticed that!

    Mike

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