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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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Sherdley Park Site Guide

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


Location

Sherdley is a public park to the south of St Helens, and lies in a triangle between Marshall’s Cross Road, Elton Head Road and the St Helens Linkway and is bordered by a golf course to the west. 


Access

Access by car is via the score from Elton Head Road. Sherdley Park has an interesting range of predominantly woodland.


Birds

The Beech trees bordering Marshall’s Cross Road and Sutton Community High School often hold Chaffinch flocks, with variable numbers of Brambling during the winter. Marsh Tit, a scarce bird in St Helens, has also been seen here feeding on the beechmast. Lake Wood has oak, willow and alder trees as well as the dam, which can have interesting water birds. Round Wood also has a small pool, and is carpeted with Bluebells in spring, as are most of the other areas of woodland in the park.
The formal Gardens have many rhododendrons, which regularly attract a large roost of finches during the winter. Nearby the feeding station by the gardens / animal collection attracts tits and finches, and can be a good place to see the range of wintering birds at this park. Delph Wood is predominantly beech and oak, and has a marshy area with willow and birch trees. Redpoll can be seen here in winter feeding on birch seeds, as well as Grey Wagtail along the stream and Snipe in the marsh. Lake and Delph Woods sometimes hold wintering Woodcock especially in hard weather. Migrants pass through the park in spring and early summer. Some of which stay to breed such as Willow Warbler and Blackcap. Rarer spring visitors have included Wood Warbler and Redstart stopping off briefly in the park before continuing their migration to their usual haunts further north.

The first record for Nightjar in St Helens in May 1984 was flushed by a birder walking his dog in Sherdley Park





 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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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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