Category: birding

The Lancashire Coast on the North West of England is home to seaside resorts like Blackpool and Morecambe, as well as Lytham St. Annes, Cleveleys, and Fleetwood, and a number of other regions. As well as the likes of the Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Tower, there are many outdoor activities that you can enjoy throughout the year. Enjoy time in the water, on the water, or by the water with the following activity ideas. Bay Sea School In Morecambe The Bay Sea School is a sailing and maritime school. It…

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It’s been a while since I’ve visited our local Wildlife Trust reserve, Mere Sands Wood but this morning I managed to dodge the frequent torrential downpours and thunderstorms to see how the rather damp summer has been affecting one of my favourite nature reserves.¬†To say everything is just a ‘little green’ would be to downplay the state of things. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much undergrowth and even the ‘scrapes’ behind the reserves visitors centre were awash with flowers and grasses. It is good that we are finally…

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We didn’t fancy anything strenuous last weekend and as it was Wendy’s birthday we arranged to stay at The Quay, Deganwy, a truly stunning hotel with a view out of our room that disproved the saying “money can’t buy a view like that”. Looking left we could see Conwy Castle and right, the River Conwy as it met the sea. A truly magnificent location with fantastic food and great service. Yes, it was expensive and not normally something we’d do but it was worth it. We also visited¬†RSPB Conwy, somewhere…

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Sometimes the weather or that annoying thing called real life can get in the way of our fishing or walking but even when busy it’s always great to get out and about, even if it’s for just a little while. We’re very lucky in Lancashire to have near by the WWT reserve, Martin Mere which, like all the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust reserves is running events throughout June to help showcase the work they do and enable everyone to enjoy some of the UK’s fantastic wildlife. The agenda for June…

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As the weather has been a little bit kinder to us recently I’ve started doing my daily walk through Queens Park in Bolton once again where it was great to see bulbs of wild Garlic starting to show some shoots. Not much unusual in the way of birdlife although I’ve seen the Kingfisher a few times this week flying up and down the River Croal, hopefully looking for suitable nesting sites, and on Monday I saw a Teal on the river, a new Queens Park ‘tick’ for me. Work is…

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After saying the weather in West Lancashire hasn’t been too bad mother nature threw the heaviest snowfall our way last weekend since I was a child. So, after struggling home on Friday night we did what any other like minded loony would do and went for a walk on the Saturday. We had such a good time tramping along the River Douglas through the snow I did it again on Sunday, this time with the ‘proper’ camera. Instead of just going along the river I spent some time wondering through…

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I didn’t get to go out sea fishing this weekend due to the weather being just too damn cold and wet although a few of the guys from the Wirral Sea Fishing website had a couple of sessions on Saturday, one at Seaforth and the other at Hall Road, Crosby. Not much was caught but credit due to them, they stuck it out in truly horrid conditions. The bravest I managed was a gentle walk along the banks of our local river, the Douglas to see if I could manage…

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With the weather being so fantastic this weekend and the skies being clear and bright I decided to have a quick visit to RSPB Marshside to see if I could get a shot of the Pink footed geese as they came in to roost. As I pulled into the car park, a drive of a whole 15 minutes, the Sun vanished behind the cloud leaving me and a few other photographers that had the same idea in the dark, literally. I did manage to get a few shots of Lapwings…

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I’ve not been sea fishing for a while, or any other type of fishing for that matter. Not for any specific reason just other stuff to do around the house and garden while the weather is good. But with the weather being so good this past weekend I couldn’t resist a walk along our local river, The River Douglas, to see what was going on. The river itself was quite quiet with the usual suspects bobbing along in the wakes of a few boats returning from sea fishing off Blackpool;…

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Anglesey is a fantastic place for any nature lover, in fact anyone who just likes being outside so while we weren’t fishing or just lazing about we did manage to go for the odd walk, more of a stroll really – didn’t want to tax ourselves after all… You can tell spring is finally here though as a lot of our avian friends that spend the winter months somewhere a bit warmer are finally arriving. Walking around the inland sea just to the southwest of Penrhos, on the other side…

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