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Springing into Spring initiative




Location: Poolsbrook Country Park, Chesterfield

Attendees – 13


Dates of tours: 8th, 13th, 20th & 22nd Of March 2022

Number of species – 40


To try and encourage people to get out into the open air and to exercise after the pandemic Chesterfield Borough Council came up with an initiative called ‘Springing into Spring’.


One of the activities that was decided on was to organise some bird watching walks around Poolsbrook County Park near Staveley. I was asked to take around small groups of locals and show them what birds made the park home. Over 4 days spread throughout March 13 enthusiastic people from the Chesterfield borough joined me on a 2.5 km walk taking in the ponds and woodland that make up this very popular place. I must admit I was a little disappointed in the numbers, but all that attended had a great time and we listed 40 species in total over the 4-day period.


Birdwatching is the perfect way to help with both mental stress and physical wellbeing. The walks I run are always at a slow pace and plenty of time is taken so everyone gets to see the birds located. What better way to relax and forget about life for a couple of hours.


It was mentioned that more events and walks are planned so visit

https://chesterfield.gov.uk/explore-chesterfield/year-of-outdoors.aspx?from=menu

for more details of other activities for 2022.


What the attendees thought:





Species seen:

Mute Swan



Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Mallard

Tufted Duck

Cormorant

Grey Heron



Great Crested Grebe

Buzzard

Kestrel



Moorhen

Coot

Black-headed Gull

Herring Gull

Stock Dove

Woodpigeon

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker



Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Raven

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Willow Tit

Long-tailed Tit



Chiffchaff

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Song Thrush

Redwing



Robin

Dunnock

House Sparrow

Chaffinch

Goldfinch

Bullfinch





Poolsbrook Country Park is a great place to go to hone your ID skills and get really close to some wonderful birds. There is a coffee shop, toilets & kids play area too.


Don’t stay indoors when nature offers so much, and it’s all for free.


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