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  1. I'm not connected to any of these websites ash, so unfortunately I can't do anything about the size of the pictures. I think that this particular website was created by a group of university students asked to come up with various ideas as part of their course. I think that the site is so large that they are looking to incorporate as many attractions as possible similar to Rother Valley Country Park but without the large lakes. That idea sounds OK although I hate golf myself. Personally, if money was no object, then I would like to see an 'Eden of the North' developed there as a major national attraction.
  2. Although there are numerous problems facing Hillsborough shopping centre such as the state of the economy, local business rates, changing shopping patterns etc, by far the main problem is the ongoing traffic situation.
  3. Obviously when the landfill site is full and the tip has been capped there won't be any smell. Can you please explain what the rooftop protests were about and what connection that has with the proposed golf course? Thanks.
  4. Although we're many years away from the closure of the Parkwood Springs landfill site, discussions have started on what will happen to the 300 acre eyesore when the tipping comes to an end. As the site is obviously unsuitable for housing or other major development I was wondering what forumers thought should happen to the site. Here are some links on ideas that have already been proposed; http://www.bdr.group.shef.ac.uk/web_pages/project_outline_parkwood.html http://www.burngreavemessenger.org.uk/36nov03/parkwood.shtml http://www.otc.org.uk/news/feasibility.pdf Please let me know what you think of these ideas or feel free to suggest your own. Thanks.
  5. Thanks for the info guys. Hope things are OK. I'll try again in a week or two's time.
  6. Manns fishmonger shut today. The shop seems to be empty of stock. Is this temporary? Does anybody have any information?
  7. Photo of Royal Hospital on West St here; http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/picturesheffield.pl?_cgifunction=form&_layout=picturesheffield&keyval=sheff.refno=s07358
  8. What you pick out as Devonshire Green is in fact the site of the old hospital on West St that stood derelict for many years before the site was developed in the nineties as a block of flats.
  9. At home I usually have up to 4 Blackbirds visiting my garden to feed. I've seen much less of them this winter mainly due to this http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc104/sixxsix/?action=view&current=139.jpg in one of my neighbours gardens!
  10. ^^^I find that a bucket full of water thrown at them usually does the trick of scaring them off. They seem to remember the experience as well, for if they catch a site of me looking through the window at them they tend to disappear pretty sharpish. Or maybe that's just my general appearance.
  11. Had a fantastic day birdwatching at work (it's pretty slack during the hols.). The environment close to where I work is a mixture of parkland, cemetery, golf course, small pockets of woodland, rough grassland, suburban gardens and school playing fields and it's on these playing fields that there was an ornithological show the like of which I have never seen outside a RSPB reserve! After the snow of yesterday and from reading the posts on this thread I thought I'd buy some wild bird food and take my binoculars to work. As soon as I arrived at work (it was still dark) I spread the bird food round the edge of the playing field and waited with anticipation. 9am. Bloody Magpies! That was it:mad:. About 15 of them were feeding/squabbling for about 15 mins until they flew off to the other playing fields but luckily leaving most of the food behind (pretty stunning birds though when viewed close up). It seems that they ate all the sunflower seeds and left the less nutritious stuff. I'm glad I didn't buy just sunflower seeds. Between about 9.30am and 11am there was very little activity other than the usual Blackbirds and Crows turning up. I even managed to do some work which is more than I can say for my boss. Then from 11 till about 2.30, what a show. At first I saw a flock of about 30 Starlings but spread around the field were masses of Redwings. I lost count at about 60. Mixed in with these were 8 Mistle Thrushes and 2 Song Thrushes with 17 Blackbirds counted spread out around the area. The usual Pigeons, Crows, Gulls and Magpies were still hanging around. Smaller birds I counted were 3 Chaffinches, 12 Bullfinches, 6 Greenfinches, numerous Sparrows (Tree and House), 5 Great Tits, a squadron of 8 Long Tailed Tits but only 1 Blue Tit (?)! Also, no Robins! However the best show came in the form of a flock of about 20 Goldfinches which were accompanied by a pair of Goldcrests or Firecrests and stayed for most of the day until the grand finale which happened at about 2.30pm. All the birds were feeding on the ground close to the school perimeter fence which seperates the playing fields from a public footpath when everyone of them (except the Crows and Magpies) flew up and landed on the top of this 8 foot high fence. It was obvious that something had startled them and I thought it might have been somebody walking their dog but there was nobody to be seen. It was at this point that every single bird on the fence (about 300) flew into the air in all directions with the Goldfinches heading towards a small woodland further down the valley and out of site. At the same time I saw a glimpse of a large bird (bigger than a Kestrel, smaller than a Buzzard) come from behind me at breakneck speed and disappear into the woodland that the Goldfinches had just dashed to. At first I thought it might be a Sparrowhawk but from the speed it was travelling, the shape of it's wings and the generally grey colouring of them it was certainly a Peregrine Falcon! Whether it managed to grab a Goldfinch or not I don't know but that was the last I saw of the Tits and Finches. However the Crows and Thrushes carried on feeding as though nothing had happened. So, all in all, not a bad days bird watching!
  12. ^^^I find that a bucket full of water thrown at them usually does the trick of scaring them off. They seem to remember the experience as well, for if they catch a site of me looking through the window at them they tend to disappear pretty sharpish. Or maybe that's just my general appearance.
  13. Almost certainly. Birds won't chance it while there is still plenty of wild food out there. They may chance a cat infested environment when it gets very cold and wild food becomes rare. Basically.......get rid of the cats.
  14. Not a problem. Just buy as many different types of bird food and hangars/dispensers as you can afford, sit back and watch them come flocking especially when it's as cold as it has been. Oh...and don't forget to keep you're cats well away!
  15. While there seems to be so much paranoia going around about being flooded I thought I'd just add to it by showing you this excellent website about the real Sheffield Flood. http://mick-armitage.staff.shef.ac.uk/sheffield/flood.html Not sure about the music though!
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