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 St Helens
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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Queens Park Site Guide

  
Site guide by Colin Davies

OK, I own up - this is a bit tongue in cheek. Queen's Park is NOT a wonderful place for wildlife. Please do not plan your holiday around this site. It is included to show that you don't have to go as far as Reed's Moss or Bold Moss, to see some decent wildlife. If you open you eyes and look, it's all around you.

Access
Queen's Park is a small park not far from the center of St. Helens. It is surrounded on all sides by rows of  terraced houses, and access is completely open at all times of day and night. It has tennis courts, bowling greens and rugby / football "pitches", all in varying states of disrepair. In one corner of the park there is a stream which mysteriously disappears underground, but does at least provide some variation of habitat for wildlife. 
At the time of writing (November 2002), there have been all kinds of rumours about the park being bought by private leisure companies, and turned into a leisure complex.


Birds

The bird list is not long, but birds are about. Resident species include still good numbers of House Sparrows, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes, and Mallard are on the stream. The status of Tawny Owl is less certain, but they are often heard calling in spring. 
Flocks of Starlings appear in the winter, and usually at least one Grey Wagtail takes up residence at the stream end of the park. Up to 100 Common Gulls feed on the playing fields in winter, and small flocks of Goldfinches are usually present. Redwings and Fieldfares are less frequent visitors to the park itself, but it's almost impossible to walk through the park in winter and not hear their calls as they fly high overhead.
Flocks of 100 of more Pink-footed Geese are regular overhead in winter, and a Kingfisher is often on the stream.


Moths

I wouldn't advise anybody to moth trap in the park. Unfortunately, at 2 in the morning you are likely to attract a lot more than just moths. However, I regularly run a trap adjacent to the park, close enough in my view for the records to be considered as being from Queen's Park. Over 250 species of moths have been recorded, with three exceptional records in 2002. The first was on 29th June, when I caught a Blotched Emerald. This was the first record ever in St. Helens, only the 7th in Lancashire, and the first since 1998. Then on 18th July I caught a Buff Footman, only the second ever in St. Helens and the second for the Vice County (VC59). Finally, on 4th November, I caught a Barred Sallow, the first ever in St. Helens, only the third ever in Lancashire, and the first since 1995.



Mammals

Hedgehogs are in the park, but very rarely seen.




 

 

 



 

 

 Selection of Photos from
the
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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