Tag: The Swan at Choppington

NEWT’s Dawn Chorus – 12/05/2012

by on May.03, 2012, under Birdwatching, Choppington Woods, Northumberland

After 3 years of leading Dawn Chorus walks at Lee Moor Farm, we decided that this year we’d stay a bit closer to home.  Choppington Woods is very close to our hearts – it’s the view from our office window, it was the area I walked every day when I was recovering from knee surgery, and a lot of the improvements that have made it such an excellent community resource (boardwalk, improved paths, education pack for local primary schools) came about after I gave a presentation at the participatory budgeting event back in 2009.

One thing that makes a good Dawn Chorus event is good partners.  Ian at Lee Moor has been an outstanding host for the last few years, so we knew we’d have to find someone special…and we found 2 🙂  The Swan at Choppington will be the post-walk breakfast venue for our clients and we’re really excited to be delivering the event in association with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

Numbers are strictly limited for this event, and the cost of £15/person includes a guided walk and breakfast at The Swan  – check the NWT link for what’s included in that – it will be delicious 🙂  Give us a call on 01670 827465 to book your place before they’re all sold out!

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Pretty in Pink

by on May.16, 2010, under Family and friends

No, not a homage to the Molly Ringwald film , or the Psychedelic Furs track that inspired it, but the latest step in Sarah and Kirsty’s training plan.

With showers forecast for this morning it looked as though the Cancer Research UK Race for Life in Gateshead could be a bit damp.  As it turned out, the rain didn’t start until well after the girls had finished the race.

They were pretty relaxed, but both quite excited as well, before the start.  I went along as sherpa to the Northern Experience/Swan at Choppington duo.

Colder than it looked!

Birdwatching interest was provided by a family of Mute Swans on the lake

Mute Swans with 7 cygnets

Participation in the pre-race warm-up was enthusiastic.

"Put your hands in the air if you're a runner rather than a jogger"

Faced with the option of runner/jogger/walker they opted for ‘runner’.  Despite both Sarah and Kirsty having been ill, and unable to train, for the last week they crossed the finish line after 33mins 1sec.

Nearly there 🙂

Then they had a well-deserved sit down (and some Jaffa Cakes).  The girls exceeded their fund-raising target and I think they should feel justifiably proud of their achievements; they completed the race in a good time and raised money for a good cause.

Now we’re on our way to The Swan for Sunday lunch.  I think they might be wearing their medals 🙂

Done it!

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