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Rarity Photos
 
 
 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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Newton Lake Site Guide


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


 
History

Newton Lake at SJ 595 958 is owned by Legh Estates, and was constructed in 1853/54 by Thomas Legh, Lord of the Manor, Lord Newton. It was formed by building a strong embankment across the valley through which Newton Brook flowed. This brook was in turn filled by both Millingford and Eccars brooks. As the valley filled with water, a lake of about 6.47 hectares was formed. At the southwest of the lake is Willow Park, a very pleasant area of mature trees and grassy areas, overlooked by the nearby St Peters Church. To the northwest of the site are fields that stop at the busy M6 motorway. The entire east bank of the lake is private, whilst at the southern end, below the dam, extensive management and landscaping work has been carried out. Newton Brook leaves the southwestern corner of the lake. St Helens Ranger Service patrols and monitors both areas.
 


Access

There are numerous access points to both main sites. The best one for the lake is off Southworth Road at the southern end, whilst the park is reached by entrances at each side of St Peters Church on Newton-le-Willows High Street. Limited parking may be found in surrounding roads but do not park in the church carpark. It is possible to walk up the whole length of Newton Lakes west bank and on under the M6 motorway if desired, though this is not a definitive footpath.



Birds

The lake attracts a good variety of water birds, which include Mute Swan, Grey Heron and occasionally, Kingfisher. In winter the northern end of the lake, which is partially silted, attracts large numbers of Teal. Their number has exceeded 200 in recent years, by far the biggest concentration of this Species in St Helens. Tufted Duck, Pochard and occasionally Goldeneye also visit the lake in winter and Grey Wagtails can be seen at this time on the stretch of Newton Brook. The lake has attracted locally uncommon species such as Pintail and the introduced Ruddy Duck has bred here in the 1980s. A Great Northern Diver was also apparently shot here at the end of the 19th century.
On 15th July 2013 an adult Mediterranean Gull photo was present for a short period.
A Mega Rarity turned up for one day on Monday 7th April 2014 when i found a Ring-necked Duck  photo, with the small group of Tufted Ducks. More photos of the Ring-necked Duck can be found on the St Helens Photo Gallery.

The wooded areas of Willow Park attract most of the common woodland birds as well as Nuthatch and, on rare occasions, Lesser-spotted Woodpecker. The trees behind St Peters Church contain a thriving rookery, an uncommon sight in St Helens. For more information contact the St Helens Ranger Service.




 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 Selection of Photos from
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Photo Galleries

 

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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