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Something for nothing? 

17 Jan 18

The recent changes to the list of species recorded in Britain has been a real pain in the BTM for those of us anoraks who keep a range of site lists ( I have to keep one for the Marsh and Mere in order to do the blog and as well as my life list I …


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January 16th A second day off sick. My congestion was better,… 

17 Jan 18

January 16th A second day off sick.


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January 14th – Still awful, but hoping to be better for work… 

17 Jan 18

January 14th – Still awful, but hoping to be better for work next day, I pushed myself up the canal to Chasewater to try out the TZ100 instead of the Canon I’m getting very accustomed to.


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Frozen in time 

31 Dec 17

I’m pleased and delighted to have been contacted once more by top local photographer and friend of the blog Peter Booth, who this time has sent me some images of Chasewater – some taken from the ‘lighthouse’ structure on the old pier in what I …


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December 28th – A ride out in ice, after overnight light snow. I… 

29 Dec 17

December 28th – A ride out in ice, after overnight light snow.


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December 26th – I met this interesting fellow on the way back… 

28 Dec 17

December 26th – I met this interesting fellow on the way back from Chasewater.


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Missed! A bird I need for my Chasewater List 

13 Dec 17

Some information has been relayed to me via Mike Pittaway to say that A low flying Red Kite was seen at Chasewater yesterday! That’s something long overdue for my site list so if it sets up a pattern, I might have to trudge up through the snow anyway…


News
IRONMAN Announces New 70.3 Staffordshire Course 

13 Dec 17

THE new course for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire has been officially announced.


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December 10th – I continued from Chasewater up around Engine… 

13 Dec 17

December 10th – I continued from Chasewater up around Engine Lane and down to old railway trail to the old cement works bridge overlooking the council depot, where gritters and ploughs were coming and going in a constant stream.


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December 10th – They say things come to those who wait, and… 

13 Dec 17

December 10th – They say things come to those who wait, and overnight between Saturday and Sunday someone turned on the celestial snow machine.


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Chasewater to continue to host swim as new 2018 Ironman Staffordshire course is unveiled 

12 Dec 17

A new course for the Staffordshire Ironman race has been confirmed – but Chasewater will still host the swim section of the popular event.


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Creature feature 

8 Dec 17

Here’s one to check out if you’re up at Chasewater in the week, or maybe this Sunday at the Christmas Fair – a great looking exhibition by local Artist Lesley ‘Will’ Littleton, which runs at the Innovation Centre until December 21st 2017, open from …


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2017 Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday! 

7 Dec 17

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (10th December 2017) –  there’s the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.


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Any road up? 

4 Dec 17

I’ve been busy with real-world work most of this weekend, so apologies for the reduced power in transmission, but here’s the first of two interesting articles I’ve had in from Ian James, both regarding the history and physical geography of Chasewater.


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Gailey and Chasewater – very quiet for birding! 

26 Nov 17

I had been looking forward to today as my old mate Dave Glover was coming down for one of his occasional visits and we were going to try and push his year list tally.


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November 35th – I passed through Chasewater in a splendid, cold… 

26 Nov 17

November 35th – I passed through Chasewater in a splendid, cold golden hour, hoping maybe to catch some red deer.


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That Tina Turner! Shes never around when you need her. 

17 Nov 17

Yep, I don’t expect it will take you too long to work out what today’s star bird was, always noteworthy on the Mere and my first for this winter, a beautifully marked female Goldeneye .


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October 29 – Three dear were still resting in the warm afternoon… 

30 Oct 17

October 29 – Three dear were still resting in the warm afternoon sun on the practice pitch at the Rugby Club near Chasewater.


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October 28th – There was another trip out though – with only… 

30 Oct 17

October 28th – There was another trip out though – with only moderate success.


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October 28th – A busy day, and I returned at dusk through… 

30 Oct 17

October 28th – A busy day, and I returned at dusk through Chasewater – where the deer were still loafing on the Rugby pitch and seem to have taken up permanent residence.


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Please keep an eye out for this lost wedding ring 

28 Oct 17

Reader Claire Mason has been in touch yesterday to ask if I would share the following somewhat sad appeal – Her husband has lost his wedding ring somewhere between Chasewater and Brownhills West.


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Chasewater Railway – ride the Ghost Train this evening! 

28 Oct 17

I note Chasewater Railway have Halloween ghost trains running this evening (28th October 2016) with prizes for fancy dress, ghostly fun and games and much more spooky fun for all the family! Continue reading…


Weather
Steam day weather (WS7 weather report 8-10-2017) 

8 Oct 17

It is a drizzly start to the day but the good news is that the satellite images are showing that there will be some thinning (after 09:30 hours) and even, possibly, breaks in the cloud bed.


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Chasewater Railway Coal Train event this weekend 

7 Oct 17

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Coal Train event this weekend (Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2017) with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings, demo trains and working plant.


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Fancy joining work parties at Chasewater? They start today and run through October 

2 Oct 17

A quick appeal here for folk to join work parties at Chasewater starting today (Monday 2nd October 2017) helping the rangers clear the raised beds around the innovation centre and south shore that have become such a mess.