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
for more details of other activities for 2022.
What the attendees thought:
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
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.