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 Night Heron
Night Heron
Carr Mill Dam
 22nd May 2016
© Derek Williams
 
 
female Black Redstart
Black Redstart
female
Brookfield St
Earlestown, NLW
17th February 2015
     Little Egret
Little Egret
Arches
Carr Mill Dam
© Derek Williams 

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Newton Lake
7th April 2014

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Newton Lake
7th April 2014
 

Ring necked duck
Ring-necked Duck
Newton Lake
7th April 2014

© Steve Bond

 
American Black Tern
American
Black Tern 

Eccleston Mere

© Colin Davies

 
Adult Summer Med Gull
Med Gull
 Newton Lake, NLW 
 
Arctic Tern
Arctic Tern

Eccleston Mere

© Paul Brady

 

male Pied Flycatcher 
Pied Flycatcher
male
T
aylor Park
© Damian Pendlebury
 
 
Waxwing
Waxwing
Andover Road
Haydock
 
Bittern at Carr Mill 
Bittern
Carr Mill Dam
© Dennis Eagling 
 
Bittern at Carr Mill 
Bittern
Carr Mill Dam
© Dennis Eagling 
 
Bittern at Carr Mill 
Bittern
Carr Mill Dam
© Dennis Eagling 
 

Juv Arctic Tern
Juv Arctic Tern

Eccleston Mere

 
 
Waxwing 
Waxwing

Napier Close
Town Centre

© Paul Brady

 
 
Ring Ouzel 
  Ring Ouzel

Billinge Hill

 
   
 
 
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 Bold Moss Site Guide

 This site guide reproduced with permission from the St Helens Wildlife Recording Group

 
Access

There are numerous entrances onto the moss and a leaflet is available from the Groundwork Offices. 


History

This reclaimed colliery spoil heap at SJ 545 940 which stands on mosses and wetlands, was acquired from British Coal in 1990 by Groundwork, supported by the Countryside Commission, who have subsequently transformed the area into an urban common. Tipping stopped at Bold Moss in 1973, and nature is now taking over. Click here for more details.


Wildlife

The area now boasts a distinctive range of plants, including wild orchids and cotton grass. As the site matures, bare land is giving way to rough and flowery grasslands, with woodlands of willow and birch emerging. Remnant areas of wetlands, raised bog and marsh remain on the edges of the Moss, with several areas of reedbeds where Reed Warblers can be found. 


Birds

This is an excellent place to see the nationally declining Skylark, with Reed Bunting also present. The ground-nesting Snipe can be seen in the damp, marshy areas of Bold Moss. With the planting of over 40,000 trees, the creation of several pools and over 3 miles of footpaths, this once derelict land has become an important wildlife sanctuary.

Over 80 species of birds visit the moss. It is also a superb area to see good numbers of butterfly and dragonfly species, with 16 species of dragonfly and 18 species of butterfly being recorded at this site, making it the top site in St. Helens for dragonflies and butterflies.


Moths

Moth trapping was started on Bold Moss in 2000, and virtually every visit produces a new species for St. Helens, and it is well on the way to becoming a top site for moths in the borough.

 

Recently, a new section has been developed to the south of the original site. This area is accessible via a bridge over the railway line, which was opened in 2000.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 Selection of Photos from
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Red-crested Pochard, male
Red-crested Pochard, male
Eccleston Mere
13th February 2017
© Colin Davies
 

Dunlin
Dunlin
Carr Mill Dam
© Derek Williams

Peregrine
Peregrine male
on roof top opposite
my house
14th July 2015

Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Sankey Valley
© Steve Bond

Redpoll
Redpoll

Wagon Lane 
Sankey Valley

Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Stanley Bank
Sankey Valley

male Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk
male
my back garden

Great Spotted Woodpecker
 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Sankey Valley
Visitor Centre
 

 Male & Female Mandarin Ducks
2m-2f Mandarins
Linkway Retail
Park Ponds

 Little Grebe
Little Grebe

 

 The Dream HDR computer effect 
The Dream
HDR image


Avocet
Avocet
Marshside NR RSPB

 Dipper
 Dipper 
nr Carmarthen
Wales

Wood Sandpiper
 Wood Sandpiper
Pennington Flash

Shag
Shag
Farne Islands

Med Gull
 Med Gull 
Great Yarmouth Beach

Billinge Hill  

Billinge Hill

Rainford

Nine Arches, NLW
Nine Arches
Newton le Willows
 

Comma Butterfly
Comma Butterfly

Peacock feather
Peacock feather 

 

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