22nd of February 2012

Draycote Water - Thurlaston - Rugby

Species seen 34.

Now that the mornings are getting lighter and indeed earlier each day, I can therefore look forward to longer walks before a day in my home office!  Arriving after 7.30am to be greeted by over twenty five Pied Wagtails hoping around the car park, was a good start.

My route produced the following notable sightings, Meadow Pipit, Possible Iceland Gull & Mediterranean Gull, Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe & Little Grebe.
Raptors, Buzzard, Kestrel & Sparrowhawk.

One noticeable thing is the further reduced water level since my last visit. However, Severn Trent Water has started on a new £500,000 scheme to boost water levels at the reservoir.

Because of low rainfall over the winter period, the reservoir, which supplies thousands of homes in Rugby and Coventry, is only half full. As a result, a new pipeline is currently being built to fill it by pumping water from the River Leam, near Leamington Spa, which is nine miles away!

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