Access to the Wetlands Project at Bogg Hall
Bogg Hall comprises an area of private farmland tenanted by Potter Brompton Farms Ltd. Potter Brompton Farms have signed up to a Higher Level Stewardship agreement primarily focused on wetland options and is part of the Cayton and Flixton Carrs Wetland Project. The agreement includes habitat management options designed to encourage breeding waders, in particular Lapwing, Curlew, Snipe and Redshank. In addition there are also options that help support Tree Sparrows, Reed and Corn Buntings and a variety of other farmland species of conservation concern.
As an area of private farmland with no public footpaths crossing the farm, there is no right of access for members of the public. At present the best areas of wetland habitat are not viewable from any existing public roads, tracks or public footpaths. Chris Bradshaw, our appointed birder, has permission to access the farm, he undertakes bird ringing activities and also monitors the bird populations (including targeted Breeding Bird Surveys and Lapwing Productivity Monitoring). Despite the recent very dry conditions some good wader habitat exists on the farm and it is likely that interesting birds will drop in during the course of the spring.
Chris has permission to invite birders to visit the site on condition that guests are accompanied. In practical terms this means that if he discovers any unusual species that are of wider interest then he will make the necessary arrangements and details will be publicised through the Scarborough Birders text service. This happened recently when the Common Cranes arrived, but fortunately they chose to spend much of their time on more easily viewable land at Ruston Carr Bridge. In addition if any birder is particularly keen to see the site they are welcome to contact Chris in order to see if a visit can be arranged.
In the longer term it may be possible for wider access to be allowed, however this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Therefore please respect the existing arrangements and do not attempt to visit the site unless invited to do so. Failure to do so will result in interesting sightings not being publicised and access will not be arranged in order to view any rarer arrivals.
Everyone with permission to access the area holds a Permit.
Contact Andrew Wrigley
Contact Chris Bradshaw