Sunday, 3 July 2011

My patch.... a walk round my local nature reserve

Northwich Woodlands.
I have already made a few posts about my local Nature Reserve.
Lets give it a proper review.

Ashtons Flash... the baron area is usually a pool but we are having a very dry year
This whole reserve is accessible on foot from the town centre and is only two miles from my own doorstep.
Reclaimed from industrial land and landfill the area covers over 350 hectares and includes flashes formed by subsidence due to brine (salt) extraction and includes Marbury Country Park once a stately home (the house has been demolished) and Anderton Nature Park which includes the world famous Anderton Boat Lift (restored at a cost of around £11million).
Neumanns Flash
The nature reserve is very well sign posted.
 Boards around the reserve offer plenty of information about the wildlife and upcoming events.

Northwich Woodlands Part 1
Neumanns Flash

The diverse range of habitats includes mature woodland, flower-rich grassland, wetland and open water. The wide range of habitats the area offers is vital to its overall conservation quality.
The distinctive flora and fauna is influenced by the areas heritage, with many rare and unusual species thriving on this legacy.

The Trent and Mersey Canal (completed in 1777) runs through the reserve.
Close by is my favourite spot....Haydn's Pool

Northwich Woodlands Part 2
Haydn's Pool

A beautiful area to visit... and as mentioned within walking distance of my home.
The balding bloke walking to and from No.1 hide at Neumanns Flash in the first clip!!
I did a circular route from the car park at Witton Brook over Marbury Lane to Neumanns Flash. I then walked through Dairyhouse Meadows to the Trent and Mersey Canal before visiting the hide at
Haydn's Pool before rejoining Marbury Lane for a short stroll back to my car.

Click on the image below to see more lovely birds.
 World Bird Wednesday XXXIII



texwisgirl said...

andrew, enjoyed that tour very much. nice to hear the birds and see them enjoying the waters. the coot was really neat! :)

i'm glad you said that was you - i was going to ask if that was you 'rambling with a camera' in that first video. :)

Jean said...

Andrew, I really like your "patch"! You should be rewarded/paid well for promoting your "patch" online!!!

Marias Teater said...

I just see all the birds that you can meet there. Wonderful atmosphere at your videos!

Fotokarusellen said...

Most be a very beautiful place. Great post and a wonderful presentation.

Bob Bushell said...

A nice area that you live in, birds everywhere.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

How neat this is so close to your home. I would love to have a place like this to snap photos. Well done, Andrew. :)

eileeninmd said...

Andrew, nice tour and photos of your patch. I enjoyed the videos.

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JM said...

Thank you for this lovely walk! The sign on top
is pretty cool.

grammie g said...

HI Andrew..been visiting my daughter for a few days so a little behind...I want to thank you for your lovely and funny comment on my foxglove post!!
Excellent place well marked and maintained and the videos make the visit even better...I did see that bloke walking there,but I think you shouldn't refer to yourself as that bald bloke,
nothing wrong with that!!
Hope you hae a good is or 4th of July independence day holiday!!

Denise said...

Thank you Andrew, this has been a wonderful post, and very enjoyable photos and videos. I would feel very blessed to live near a place such as this.

holdingmoments said...

A great patch Andrew. If I ever get up there, I'd love to explore it. It looks my kind of place.

Jim said...

Really got a 'sense' of your area....the clips were very good! Something about a canal that is very appealing to me......maybe the peacefulness.

Leontien said...

Well, i woudn't mind going there once in my life!

Thank you for your sweet comment on my post!


Springman said...

You keep a pretty good pace up on those walks Andrew. A patch like this takes a lot of involvement and planning. Hooray to your community for understanding the value of such a place and thank you for showing it off!

Gary said...

Wonderdful tour Andrew!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

Some interesting and varied habitat there. And the variety of birds is really great. Nice photos and video.

Fjällripan said...

What a great place to take a walk, beautiful :)

Frank said...

Thanks for sharing a review of your local beat Andrew. said...

How wonderful to have such a lovely nature reserve so close to home. The walking paths look so inviting. Great photos and videos! I love the diving Coot!

Sondra said...

How wonderful to have such a great spot so close at hand..I can see why you enjoy it so much, I would too!!

Arija said...

Loved to see you and your favourite haunt Andrew. Delightful sweep of the old canal, just a pity that barges are no loner horse drawn.
Nice little videos too.

Hilke Breder said...

Andrew, you got yourself a little piece of paradise! Lovely shots and enjoyable videos. I wouldn't mind staying there for a week's vacation.

BirdingMaine said...

Looks like a beautiful place to relax and look for birds. Really like the signs that the reserve uses. Very nice photos and video!

Bill S. said...

Sounds like a wonderful place to visit and it is well taken care of. Great post.