Saturday 12 February 2022

BIKING BIRDER VI 2022 4th February, Through Worcester and Tewkesbury, with an Acorns Children's Hospice visit!


Donations : Acorns 

Many thanks to . . . 

Lindsey Moore, Anonymous, Lindsey Barthorpe, Julie, Sue, Julie (Upton Warren), Ian "Seagulls" Morris, Larraine Tayleure, Andrew Bayes, Andy Pitt,Andrea, P & P, Moira, Jackie Griffiths, Bob, Keep U, Rosie, Jayne Grosvenor, Jane & Andy Revell, Louise, Stuart Griffiths, M & D Shaw, Dave & Sue White, Janette Lowndes, Bart, Lise Hanson, Maria Hill, Phil V, Chris Elmer, Sue Murphy, Nicky, John Hague, Mike, Kimberley Bills, Norma Hines, Rob Gilbert, Julia, Colin Graham, Sarah Moreton, Lizzy, Lisa Hillier, Rob Leech, &P.

And also many thanks to the person from Llandudno who sent money directly to Acorns Children's Hospice, stating 'The Biking Birder' in the letter. Brilliant! Thanks. 

Acorns Children's Hospice 

Total so far . . . 

£810 plus gift aid


Donations : RSPB 

Many thanks to . . . 

Lindsey Moore, Julia, Nicky M, Karen and Richard Blackburn, Paul Moseley, Susan, Jim Royer, Anonymous, Foz, anonymous, Phil (Upton Warren), Dad and RSPB Badges sold, P & P, Moira, Jill from Dorking, Nicky M, Terri Akers, Anne Beckett, Maria Hill, Mark Carter, P

Gary's RSPB Justgiving page link

Total so far . . . 

£446 plus gift aid


4th February 2022         To Gloucester

          On the road again after a night sleeping in a bird hide, I am so lucky not to be soaked! I wake in the morning to find that the only part of the bird hide floor not wet from incoming rain, is the spot where my mattress and sleeping bag lie!

          Through Droitwich and on to Worcester, the going is fine and I stop at Worcester Cathedral for a short break, sandwich and drink.


           Cycling out of Worcester, I come across an Acorns Children's Hospice! Now I did know there was one in Worcester somewhere, there are three Acorns Children's Hospices, one in Walsall/Black Country, one in Birmingham and this one in Worcester but I didn't know where in Worcester. There it is!

          Of course I call in!

         Fabulous to meet Treena, Sue, Brian and Toby but I decline their kind offer of a coffee. I have a long way to go and with such a beautiful day weather-wise, cycling is a pleasure.

          Nostalgia time for me as I reach Tewkesbury. Back when I was a teenager, I used to go for a week or so to my Grandparents' caravan in Tewkesbury. So I spend an hour or so going to spots I remember from those long off days.

           The past photograph shows where they had their caravan and is the spot I used to love to spend time fishing from.


Charity Pledges 

These are the names of people who have made a pledge to pay so much per bird species seen at the end of the year to either one of the charities I am supporting or to both.

Lee Dark, Mary & Brian Prescott, Joshua Prescott, Rebecca Prescott and Les Oxley-Stoker, Donna Prescott. 

Massive thanks to everyone who has either made a donation or made a pledge.


If anyone would like to make a pledge, say 1p for every bird specie I see this year, with the thought that I think I will see around 280-90 different species, then please message me. It would be fabulous to hear from you. Thanks.


Biking Birder I - 2010  

          There is one of the crew from the past who is missing from this year's Biking Birder adventure, Barnaby the Geography Association Bear.
          Back in 2010, Albert the RSPB Albatross was on the bike, as was Sid the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust rainforest frog. They are both with me now, together with new friends.

          Barnaby though is not. I gave Barnaby to some children who were travelling with their Mum and Dad on the ferry over to the Outer Hebridean island of Harris. On their way to a new life, the family were moving there from England. This was back in 2015. I wonder how they are and Barnaby?

          Anyway, here's a few photographs of Barnaby the Bear from 2010 . . . 

          Barnaby Bear with Gordon Barnes' Great Bustard, a story for next time.


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