Cropston Reservoir - Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 41.306 W 001° 12.172
30U E 621467 N 5839126
Quick Description: A pair of viewing portals made in a wall which overlook Cropston Reservoir. A pair of bird identification tables help to identify any 'regulars' that may be there.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/4/2018 12:27:09 PM
Waymark Code: WMY20H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bear and Ragged
Views: 2

Long Description:
A pair of viewing portals made in a wall which overlook Cropston Reservoir. A pair of bird identification tables help to identify any 'regulars' that may be there. Located near the visitor centre in Bradgate Park where refreshments are available.

According to the The Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society (LROS) website:

"Bradgate Park is relatively uninteresting ornithologically, the Redstarts, Whinchats and Wood Warblers that formerly bred having all disappeared. Little Owls are fairly common, particularly in the old oaks around the ruins of Bradgate House (SK 534 102), and small numbers of Stonechats can usually be found in the winter in the same area. Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are occasionally seen in the various spinneys, but Green Woodpeckers are much more obvious as they feed on old ant hills. The River Lin, which flows along the southern edge of the park, is good for Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher, with occasional Redpoll and Siskin in the alders there. Several pairs of Tree Pipits breed, and recently Ravens have been seen.

The inflow of Cropston Reservoir used to be good for waders, but in recent years the water level has been kept high, and the reservoir generally has been very disappointing. As with any inland reservoir, though, interesting birds can turn up at any time, and recent highlights have included Little Egret, Ferruginous Duck, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian, Black-necked & Red-necked Grebes and Eider.

Bradgate Park is situated some seven miles north of Leicester; there are car parks (parking charges: £3.00 weekdays, £4.00 weekends & Bank Holidays) at: Newtown Linford (SK 523 097); Hunt's Hill (SK 523 117) & Hallgates (SK 542 114). The latter is the nearest to Cropston Reservoir: follow the road through the park to view the western shore and inflow; alternatively park in the small layby on the B5330 at SK 551 111. The park can get extremely crowded at weekends."

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Park Name: Cropston Reservoir and Bradgate Park

Sponsoring Organization: Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Website: [Web Link]

Parking Coordinates: N 52° 41.854 W 001° 11.965

Entrance Fee: Not Listed

List any Hides, Birding Towers, or other structures to assist in Birdwatching found at the location: Not listed

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