Hi, just wondering if any of the local users have visited Middleton Lakes since it opened last year? As a volunteer, who spent many hours rushing to get it ready in time, I was just getting some feedback about what people think of it? thanks
I popped over to Middleton Lakes on Saturday 10th March (on the reccomendation of my barber who had spotted a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker the week before).
Access: A little rough and confusing around the quarry buildings, although the signage helped. Got lost on the way out and ended up exiting past the old house !
Parking: I arrived about 09:30 and parked with no problem. I left around 11:00 and the carpark was definately nearly full, with cars parked on the access road.
Hospitality a: Very welcomming and enthusiastic staff. Having not been before, was greatfull of the free map.
Pathways: Easy to follow and well signposted. Wooden walkways add "interest" to the dirt trial I can see a lot of time and effort has been put in by the volunteers.
My preference is to photograph woodland birds, so I walked the path, over the canal, to the lakes before retuning along the same path.
Sightings: You can't miss the Herons (as you have to walk past the Heronry), or the noisy Rooks. Only really saw Blue and Great Tits at the feeders. Came accross a group who were stalking a Woodpecker, but I did not see it. Was pleased to finally photograph a Treecreeper though. Also saw Chaffinch and Pheasant.
A pleasant morning out and I shall be returing soon.
Thanks for the detailed feedback, it is good to get an idea how the public rate the reserve, and I am glad you will be returning. I know what you mean about the confusing entrance, although I am glad the signs came in useful because I put those in myself!! I agree too that the car park does fill up quickly, it was a real struggle trying to judge how many visitors would be coming, and hence deciding how much space to devote to the car park.
With time, hopefully there will be further areas open to the public, incuding a large area over the other side of the Tame, which should add more sites of interest.
Thanks again for the review, and I hope you see plenty more on your next visit!
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