GNS Field Meeting at Brim’s Pill, Awre (12 December 2010, contributed by Juliet Bailey with pictures by Sheila Lisster)
This GNS walk was at the Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association reserve at Brim’s Pill and was led by Mike Smart.
It was foggy and frosty, and the hoped for waterbirds were hardly evident. There was the occasional Lapwing appearing out of the mists, and Redshank and Curlew calls, but the ice and fog, with bursts of watery sunlight from time to time, made it a most atmospheric meeting. We walked across the field where channels have been dug to turn the field back to saltmarsh, by frozen rhynes lined with golden reed, through secondary woodland of a failed dockside railway development, and out onto the Severn-side pastures where stacked metal putchers witness the last remnants of the once thriving salmon fishery. The pictures below show the GNS group, the reed lined rhyne and the metal putchers.