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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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Sutton Mill Dam Site Guide

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


Status / Local Nature Reserve



Access

Sutton Mill Dam is an area of open water bordered by Clock Face Road, Leach Lane and Mill Lane, in the south of St Helens. The Dam has a marshy area at the west end, which has been colonised by willow scrub and enhanced by tree planting especially of alder. Below the Dam is Mill Brow and the wooded valley of Pendlebury Brook flowing east towards Mill Lane and beyond. The whole area is accessed at several points, and has a linear footpath.



Birds

The marsh area holds roving tit flocks and Reed Buntings. The Dam has a coarse fishery and holds the usual waterbirds, including Mallard, Coot and Moorhen. Occasional visitors include Canada Geese and Mute Swan. Common Sandpiper is seen rarely on spring passage. Grey Herons fish the stream below the Dam occasionally. The Kingfisher can be seen in winter flying across the Dam or along the stream. Grey Wagtails also visit the area in winter, as do Water Rail.

During summer the Dam attracts feeding flocks of Swallows and House Martins hawking over the water. Spring migrants filtering along the river valley include Warblers and Flycatchers en route to wooded areas to the east. It is well worth visiting in spring to check the Dam and stream for migrants as they are in song and more easily detected. The return passage of these birds can also be observed in the autumn, though it is less noticeable then. Redpoll and other finches are present in the area and some of the Warblers may stay to breed.




 



 

 



 

 

 

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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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