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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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Carr Mill Dam Site Guide

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


Status / Site of Community Wildlife Interest

Carr Mill Dam is situated approximately 2 miles to the north of St Helens at SJ 525 985. Its western boundary is Carr Mill Road, with the Carr Mill / Clinkham Wood housing estate beyond. To the northwest there is agricultural land, and the northern boundary is a farm track (Otterswift Road) which has a fishing pond adjacent to it. This pond is what remains of the once bird-rich digpits. The northeastern banks are adjoined by agricultural fields, whilst half way along the eastern side, Carr Mill Dam meets the Goyt Valley. This site is particularly rich in flora and is one of the few areas of ancient woodland in the borough. In the southeast corner of the dam is the St Helens to Wigan railway line, which has a link with the Sankey Valley Park running underneath it. The southern bank of the dam runs parallel with the A580 East Lancashire Road.


Access

There is a large carpark at the south end of the dam, close to the Waterside Inn. This is reached by turning right off Carr Mill Road, just north of the A580 East Lancashire Road traffic lights. Birds on the dam are best viewed from a path that runs up the western bank to its furthest northwestern arm. There is another road that runs from the dam’s southeast corner, north up its eastern side. This provides access for houses and the power boat clubhouse, and it is advisable to walk this stretch as there is a chance of vehicles being locked behind a metal gate. It is hoped that safe pedestrian access to the dam’s northeastern bank will once more be possible when new boardwalks are erected. It is worth noting that none of the footpaths around the dam are definitive and it is only thanks to British Waterways, Lancashire Power Boat Club and St Helens Angling Association, that public access is allowed around the site.


Birds

Carr Mill Dam is one of the largest and deepest areas of freshwater in St Helens. It is one of the last lakes in the area to freeze in particularly cold weather, which leads to an increase in both its species and number of birds. Very often, in such conditions, its open pockets of unfrozen water attract unusual and locally uncommon species that have included Smew, Glaucous Gull and Dunlin. It has also proved to be a magnet for wind blown birds from the Irish Sea, and in periods of strong westerly gales it is always worth checking. Such species in the past years have included Guillemot, Shag, Kittiwake, Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck. On 3rd January 2010 a Slavonian Grebe one was present and then a Black-necked Grebe present on 16th September 2013. From 16th April 2013 a Red-breasted Merganser was present for a few days. The latest duck of interest was a Common Scoter photo, originaly found 19th March 2015, first seen down along the Sankey Brook, but later refound at the bottom of the overflow allowing very close up views, the duck was taken into care at 1.00pm the next day by the RSPCA.

There is no overnight gull roost of note on the dam in winter, but species do bathe and rest-up regularly before heading for the Mersey and possibly the coast.
Mid-afternoon is perhaps the best time to check the gulls and 10 species have so far been recorded. The dam is home to one of the biggest Great Crested Grebe populations in Merseyside and Kingfisher, Little Grebe and Grey Wagtail are seen all year round. The dam’s wooded edges have attracted all three woodpeckers as well as Willow Tit, Sparrowhawk and migrant Pied Flycatcher and Wood Warbler. For more details regarding Carr Mill Dam contact the Groundwork Trust, 14 -27 Shaw Street, St Helens, and for bird information, St Helens Ranger Service, Sankey Valley Park, Blackbrook, St Helens.

 




 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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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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