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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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Old Coach Road Site Guide

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


Status / Permissive right of way

The Old Coach Road starts out of the borough at its northern end near Bickerstaffe and travels 3.5 miles to end at the A580 East Lancashire Road (SD 448 024 to SJ 971 458). It is tarmaced for all of its length but has private vehicular access. It passes through farmland and open fields dotted with tree plantations of differing sorts.


Access

Access to the coach road is best on foot only, as most of the surrounding roads and the coach road itself are only open to private vehicles. It can be reached from Rainford village by public footpath and there is a carpark at Sidings Lane LNR. There is a countryside walks leaflet available from the St Helens Ranger Service and from local libraries, that shows how to get from this carpark to the coach road. This walk is called the Rainford Loop and lasts for 6.5 miles.


Birds

The coach road is an extremely pleasant walk and is particularly favoured by birds of prey. Species such as Honey Buzzard, Peregrine, Hobby, Merlin, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier and Hen Harrier have been seen, as well as Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. Good views of the areas Pink-footed Goose flock can be had in winter and large flocks of finches regularly feed in adjacent fields. These fields have also attracted Dotterel on a few occasions, whilst the nationally rare Arctic Redpoll has been recorded in birch trees next to the coach road.


Mammals

A number of interesting mammals have been recorded in the fields or woods adjacent to the Coach Road. Brown Hares are quite common, as are Weasels, Stoats and Foxes, though they are not easily seen. In September 2001,  the only known St. Helens record of a Red Squirrel was seen near the junction with Mossborough Hall Lane. The bats of the area are unknown, but certainly some are present.



 


 

 

 



 

 

 

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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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