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A permit to Audenshaw Reservoir can now be obtained (via a long waiting list) from Ian Leech at email@example.com 01457 851080. A large Gull roost and a lot of passage migrants drop in, often only for an hour or two so this is an ideal patch.
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Breeding Grey Wagtail, Peregrine and Black Redstart all in the very heart of the city centre!
A well-watched patch with waterfowl in winter and a selection of passage migrants.
Etherow Country ParkInformation
Ignore the feral wildfowl and head up to the weir for Dipper and Grey Wagtail. In summer roding Woodcock, Cuckoo, Redstarts and Pied Flycatcher. Small car park fee.
Large numbers of Goosander in winter, also various passage migrants. Car park fee.
A new reserve built on the site of Leigh sewage works. A favourite haunt of Water Pipit in past winters, but sadly not for some time.
The visitor centre has a notice-board with recent sightings. A small reserve at Broad Ees Dole (SJ801931) holds Snipe and Jack Snipe in winter but it has become overgrown. Nearby Chorlton Water Park (SJ820915) used to hold large numbers of duck in winter but these now seem to favour Salford Docks. All these areas are favourites with dog-walkers and day trippers so again an early visit is recommended.
The premier site in the area with over 230 species recorded. A 200ha country park with diverse habitats including a large flooded lake used for various leisure activities so an early visit is recommended. Small car park fee. In winter large numbers of waterfowl including the rarer Grebes and Smew, also Long-eared Owl, Water Rail, and Willow Tit can be seen daily. Passage birds include various waders, Little Gull and Black Tern. Summer brings nesting Common Terns. The top rarity here was a Black-faced Bunting - the first for Britain.
Similar to Pennington and birds interchange between the two. Bittern have been seen in winter in more secluded spots. Top rarity was a River Warbler which stayed for 32 days in the summer of 1995.
Number of bird species: 310
County Bird - Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
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WEA Adult Education classes
Local libraries or WEA District Office (0161 273 7652). Aimed at beginners but a chance to get out birdwatching with an experienced leader and useful if you don’t have transport.
Leigh Ornithological SocietyWebsite
The society was formed in 1971 by a group of enthusiasts, some of whom had been observing and recording bird life in the area since the early part of the last century. They submitted records annually from the late 1940s to regional bodies, initially to the Lancashire & Cheshire fauna Society for possible inclusion in Lancashire bird reports and, since 1976, to the editor(s) of the Greater Manchester Bird Report.
Welcome to my Greater Manchester County birding website, owned, designed, built and maintained by me, Ian McKerchar with the ever generous contributions from many county birders. I would welcome photographs, articles or other items of interest about birds and birding for the possible inclusion in this site...
North West Swan Study GroupWebsite
The North West Swan Study was formed in 1988 to study the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) population of the North West of England. This area encompasses Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside (north of the River Mersey) and the Isle of Man, a total of approximately 12,250 sq km.
RSPB Bolton Local GroupWebsite
The group aims to be a focus for existing RSPB members in the Bolton area and also for those new to birdwatching. Our programme of indoor meetings attracts over 100 people each month and runs from September to April. We also have outdoor trips locally and further afield; some of these by coach...
RSPB Greater Manchester Members GroupsWebsite
Contact details, etc...
RSPB Manchester Members GroupWebsite
Sheila Rydz (0161 434 2720). Quarterly newsletter and program of events. NB The RSPB was founded in Manchester as a protest against the use of Great Crested Grebe feathers in Victorian ladies hats - not a lot of people know that!
Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North MerseysideInformation
We are part of the Wildlife Trusts movement, the UK's leading conservation charity dedicated to all wildlife. We are your local charity, working hard to improve your local area for wildlife and for you. Since 1912, The Wildlife Trusts have been speaking out for nature in the UK. Our organisation is unique - while most of our work for wildlife takes place at local grassroots level, we have a national voice...
Bird Sanctuaries & Nature ReservesWebsite
Annotated List of the reserves in the area...
Broad Ees Dole Local Nature ReserveInformation
Broad Ees Dole is an important wildlife refuge in the busy Sale Water Park site. Although there are no footpaths leading through the Dole, the footpaths around the perimeter of the site provide excellent viewpoints to watch the bird life for which the site is so important...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
North West BirdsMinibreaks
Welcome to our web site. We have a passion for birds and we would like to share it with you - by taking you birdwatching on the edge of the English Lake District. We run minibreaks for very small groups with all in accommodation on a house party basis, with guests joining us at our home, Barn Close.
Patricia and Gerry Van Breemen's lovely bed and breakfast accommodation is situated in the heart of Bromley Cross, Bolton. The spacious family home is within easy walking distance of the surrounding moors and Jumbles Country Park. Dutch and German are spoken.
Geek Teacher's Birding ScrapbookBLOG
An online diary, photo album and scrapbook about me and my birding exploits in Wigan and beyond…
The Early BirderBlog
My blog from the North West and beyond - I have lived in South Manchester, close to the Cheshire border since 2003. With so many good wildlife sites on my doorstep it was not too long before I picked up the camera to see what I could capture. Nothing too fancy, but it gives me great enjoyment. I hope you enjoy them too. Oh, and I do go out very early in the mornings...
Many of our staff come from conservation backgrounds so know what environments and products your garden birds and wildlife will thrive with. Therefore we will only source the very best products for you. We will only source our wooden products from "FSC" (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified suppliers while reducing our carbon footprint on the environment as best we can by buying locally and British...
Birds, birders and birding in Greater Manchester - Welcome to my Greater Manchester County birding website, Manchester Birding, it is owned, designed, built and maintained by me, Ian McKerchar with the ever generous contributions from many county birders. Besides running this website I am also County Bird Recorder for Greater Manchester and one of the two administrators for the Greater Manchester Bird Recording Group...
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