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Fylde Coast WildlifeGalleries dedicated to the wildlife of the Fylde Coast
Stanley ParkBlackpool's Stanley Park is a busy urban park, it has a good sized boating lake which provides terrific opportunities for wildlife watching & photography. Great Crested Grebes nest here, their courtship display is not to be missed. Check out the parks woodland for Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Treecreepers, Nuthatch & many species of warblers. The park also boasts the largest heronry in any municipal park in the UK.
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Marton MereMarton Mere Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its bird populations, also supports a number of other nationally important species such as dragonflies, butterflies, bats and orchids. The site contains a diversity of habitats including open water, reed beds, grassland as well as pockets of woodland and scrub. Visitors can enjoy the area through following the designated footpaths around the site and visiting the bird watching hides.
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FleetwoodFleetwood, which is situated on the Wyre Estuary, has a few hotspots for wildlife. The resident Turnstones at the boating lake are a delight to watch, Fleetwood Marsh nature park is good for birds, Butterflies & Dragonflies, & the estuary & coast here is a great location for waders.
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Over WyreA large area that incorporates farmland, estuary and saltmarsh, with a diversity of wildlife on offer. The Wyre estuary & surrounding fields provides feeding & breeding habitat for waders, Curlews & Lapwing are numerous, the farmland is home to Owls, Pipits, Skylarks, Buntings & Yellowhammers etc
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North Shore Blackpool (Inc. NBPT)Images from around where I live, including images from North Blackpool Pond Trail, a project launched in April 2011
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Garden WildlifeWe moved to Bispham, Blackpool in Spring 2004. The garden at our new home was very neglected & initially we got few birds visiting. We put up several bird feeders as soon as we moved in & as I also enjoy gardening I started to plant shrubs & small trees to provide cover for birds along with plants that attract butterflies & bees - after a while the wildlife started to appear & we now get regular visits from a variety of wildlife, some of which I've photographed & you can see in my galleries.
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Fairhaven Lake & Lytham St AnnesFairhaven Lake is situated on the Ribble Estuary between Lytham & St Annes. The estuary, known as Granny's Bay at this point, is a good vantage point for seeing a variety of Waders, whilst the Lake is home to various Waterfowl.
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Glasson Dock & Conder GreenGlasson Dock is a small port on the Lune Estuary, the River Condor is one of it's tributaries. Both areas are good for waders & a variety of ducks, with occasional Little Egrets too.
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Todderstaffe HallThere's a small feeding station at Todderstaffe Hall which attracts Tree Sparrows amongst other usual suspects, in addition there is a small pond here that's great for Dragonfly sightings & photographs.
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River Brock and beyondThe River Brock is a shaded & fairly shallow stream making it ideal habitat for Dippers and Wagtails and allegedly the occasional Kingfisher.
I've included an album here from a visit to Abbeystead
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Newton Marsh & PrestonNewton Marsh, great for Wigeon, Shoveler & Teal in the winter months and Black tailed Godwits in Spring.
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Lightfoot Green Quarry & Brockholes Nature ReservePhotos from two new reserves around Preston
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Further afieldPhotographs from beyond the Fylde Coast, but still relatively local - places such as Leighton Moss RSPB & Martin Mere WWT
Leighton Moss RSPBThis is my favourite reserve, it provides a variety of habitats, including Reed Beds (the largest in the North West) Woodland, Meres & Salt water pools/marsh. The diverse habitat attracts a good variety of birds, some of the more exotic include Bitterns, Avocet, Bearded Tit, Marsh harriers & Kingfishers, all of which breed at the reserve.
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Martin Mere WWT reserveThis is my wifes favourite reserve, there tends to be little if any sitting around waiting for something to appear here. Visit from October to February & you'll be blown away by the sight of 1000+ Whooper Swans, together with the thousands of geese on the main mere waiting to be fed.
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Mere Sands WoodMere Sands Wood is a Wildlife Trust reserve near Rufford & just a stones throw from Martin Mere WWT reserve. It's a beautiful reserve, with a good selection of woodland birds, plus there's always a good chance of seeing a Kingfisher.
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Heysham Nature reserveA wonderful little reserve, especially for Dragonflies & Butterflies, nearby is Port of Heysham, where the helipad plays host to a large numbers of roosting waders at high tide.
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Sunderland PointThis is my favourite venue for waders. If you time it right, as the tide is pushing the birds in closer & closer to the road you can get some really great views (& photographs) of waders right at the roadside - likewise when the tide is going out - BUT - beware high tide as the road regularly floods here, as I once nearly found out to my cost.
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Warton Crag & Carnforth
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Red Kite Feeding Station @ Bellymack Hill FarmThe Red Kite feeding station at Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston is well worth a visit. Farmer Ann Johnstone feeds the kites at 2pm every day, the Kites continue to feed on and off for a few hours.
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South CumbriaA pal of mine has given me a few guided tours (with more to follow I hope) around the area where he lives on the southern border of Cumbria & it's an absolute wildlife utopia with a diversity of habitats - Cheers for the tours Dave!!!!
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RAF Donna NookAtlantic Grey Seals use the sand dunes around Donna Nook RAF bombing range to breed in late autumn & winter each year. What a fantastic spectacle they make as they haul themselves up to within a few yards of the footpath. The cute young seal pups look on whilst the bull seals battle it out for a mate.
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Marshside RSPB reserve
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RSPB Bempton Cliffsa selection of my photos taken at the superb RSPB reserve at the Bempton Cliffs seabird colony, a truly awesome spectacle
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Favourite shots from elsewherephotographs from our holidays in France
A few from our holidays
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