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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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Sankey Valley Site Guide

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


Status / Country Park with numerous sites of Community Wildlife Interest

The St Helens stretch of Sankey Valley Park starts at the southeast corner of Carr Mill Dam and heads southeast for approximately 5 miles, passing through Blackbrook, Parr, Haydock, Earlestown and Newton-le-Willows. It ends at the Cheshire border, close to Newton Brook at SJ 527 977 to SJ 585 934. For most of its length it follows the line of the old St Helens Canal, which, in turn, runs parallel with the Sankey Brook. The park is made up of a variety of habitats, which include both still and running water, deciduous woodlands, alder, willow and birch scrub, hedgerows, meadows and open grassland. It is close to housing in some areas and is surrounded by farmland in other stretches. It is managed, monitored and patrolled by St Helens MBC Rangers who are based at a Visitors Centre at Blackbrook, close to the Ship Inn.


Access

The northern section of Sankey Valley can be reached from the carpark at the south end of Carr Mill Dam or just off the A58 at Blackbrook where the Visitor Centre and carpark are situated. Other carparks can be found at the southeast end of the park, but it is possible to walk the whole of its length via an extensive network of public footpaths. Local Ordinance Survey Maps are advisable and the rangers have produced a wide range of leaflets, available from the Visitor Centre and local libraries.


Birds

Due to its length and mosaic of habitats, the park has an extensive and varied species list. These include most common woodland birds, which are mainly at the north end in the more mature woodland areas. Also here is the Willow Tit which is a local speciality. Good numbers of breeding summer migrants can be found with colonies of Reed Warblers perhaps the most notable. The nationally declining Skylark can still be found around the park, with flocks of up to 50 seen in winter. National and local rarities occur fairly regularly and amongst the list are Alpine Swift, Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest, Great Northern Diver, Marsh Harrier, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Short-eared Owl and Quail. For more details regarding Sankey Valley Park, contact the St Helens Ranger Service, Sankey Valley Park, Blackbrook Road, Blackbrook, St Helens.


Mucky Mountains

Mucky Mountains is an old alkali waste tip in Earlestown, which has a whole host of interesting flora which is unknown elsewhere in St. Helens, such as the locally rare Pyramidal Orchid and Quaking Grass.


 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 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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