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« on: February 19, 2020, 01:26:04 pm »

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Commuters at a railway station in Bristol are getting used to sharing the platform while waiting for their trains - with a brood of chickens.

Bemused rail passengers getting on and off trains at Montpelier station, in the heart of inner-city Bristol, have been taking pictures and wondering why the facilities on the single platform include half a dozen hens, casually rooting around in the undergrowth.

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Felix the Huddersfield station cat gets own apprentice
A famous Yorkshire railway station cat has now got her own apprentice.
Felix, who can be found patrolling Huddersfield Station, has recently been joined by Bolt.

Any others you know of?  Cheetahs at Chessington South?  Seals at Kyle of Lochalsh?
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2020, 02:53:59 pm »

Any others you know of?  Cheetahs at Chessington South?  Seals at Kyle of Lochalsh?

When I took my daughter to Mallaig last June, she was fascinated by the number of Gulls nesting between the tracks of the sidings - several sitting on eggs and others actually with youngsters. I guess that - with Mallaig being a fishing port - this is hardly surprising.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2020, 03:21:49 pm »

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Commuters at a railway station in Bristol are getting used to sharing the platform while waiting for their trains - with a brood of chickens.

Bemused rail passengers getting on and off trains at Montpelier station, in the heart of inner-city Bristol, have been taking pictures and wondering why the facilities on the single platform include half a dozen hens, casually rooting around in the undergrowth.

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Felix the Huddersfield station cat gets own apprentice
A famous Yorkshire railway station cat has now got her own apprentice.
Felix, who can be found patrolling Huddersfield Station, has recently been joined by Bolt.

Any others you know of?  Cheetahs at Chessington South?  Seals at Kyle of Lochalsh?
Probably swans at Gloucester, Worcester, Chepstow and other stations close to the Wye and Severn just at the moment.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2020, 04:44:10 pm »

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Commuters at a railway station in Bristol are getting used to sharing the platform while waiting for their trains - with a brood of chickens.

Bemused rail passengers getting on and off trains at Montpelier station, in the heart of inner-city Bristol, have been taking pictures and wondering why the facilities on the single platform include half a dozen hens, casually rooting around in the undergrowth.


Apparently they want to catch a train to Henbury, but thanks to the sustainable transport budget being chicken-feed they'll be waiting till the cows come home.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2020, 09:46:44 am »

We don't have any farmstock being kept at Oldfield Park, though the embankment garden could be an ideal place for chickens to be left on the run (thinks, there's an idea...).

However, I am always amazed at how many apples are left to rot there, when so many passengers stand right by the trees and then, no doubt, go to buy their apples somewhere in town.
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2020, 01:47:06 pm »

Any others you know of?  Cheetahs at Chessington South?  Seals at Kyle of Lochalsh?
Probably swans at Gloucester, Worcester, Chepstow and other stations close to the Wye and Severn just at the moment.
Dolphins just east of Slough.
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2020, 03:20:43 pm »

Unfortunately, it seems that Percy the Okehampton Station cat has been found alternative accommodation during the recent uncertainty at the Dartmoor Railway.
I did see a snail at Redland Station recently though!
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2020, 03:41:40 pm »

I did see a snail at Redland Station recently though!


Are you sure it wasn't a Turbo in disguise ?
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2020, 03:58:46 pm »

We don't have any farmstock being kept at Oldfield Park, though the embankment garden could be an ideal place for chickens to be left on the run (thinks, there's an idea...).

However, I am always amazed at how many apples are left to rot there, when so many passengers stand right by the trees and then, no doubt, go to buy their apples somewhere in town.

The people probably think that apples from trees are unhygienic, due to the proximity of birds and insects. Proper apples come in plastic packs from Tesco.
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2020, 06:04:56 pm »

We don't have any farmstock being kept at Oldfield Park, though the embankment garden could be an ideal place for chickens to be left on the run (thinks, there's an idea...).

However, I am always amazed at how many apples are left to rot there, when so many passengers stand right by the trees and then, no doubt, go to buy their apples somewhere in town.

The people probably think that apples from trees are unhygienic, due to the proximity of birds and insects. Proper apples come in plastic packs from Tesco.

Undoubtedly, but I suspect most just don't see them at all, despite them being piled up right on the platform edge, as they are too busy staring at their phones.
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2020, 06:46:18 pm »

Quite often see Badgers at Sea Mills !..
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2020, 08:10:43 pm »

In our part of the world, there are rookeries alongside platform 4 at Tilehurst and platform 1 at Goring & Streatley.

My bird list from the train over the years includes both Peregines and Curlew flying alongside trains coming into Reading, Little Egrets feeding in the Blackwater near Sandhurst and Barn Owl near Gatehampton Bridge.

Reading used to have Starlings before it was rebuilt, that often fed between the tracks on the old platforms 4A and B. Guildford also still has them. They seem to breed in the roof of Ranger House next to Platform 2. However I have seen the slightly gruesome sight of crows picking off the young just after they have left the nest on the platform.

I have also seen Peregrines at both Guildford and Reading Stations. They don't seem to have had any effect on the pigeon problem at the latter where some aspects of the new roof design seem to encourage pigeons to nest.

Plenty to see if you keep your eyes open (and off your screen !)
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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2020, 10:42:27 pm »

Apparently there's a unicorn burrow at the foot of Temple Meads Station incline, which could easily be turned into a tube station...
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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2020, 11:17:39 pm »

Apparently there's a unicorn burrow at the foot of Temple Meads Station incline, which could easily be turned into a tube station...

Knowing Bristol, it was probably one of these:


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