Date: Monday 12th June 2017
Weather: Overcast. Dark. Breezy
Leader: Graham Thomas/John Wilson
Party Number: 20
Distance and Time: 2 miles. 2 hours
The party met at Hesketh Out Marsh and eventually ended up at 20.
Tony Baker, the reserve site manager suddenly appeared and told us about the history and development of the site from 2006 before we set off along the embankment walking to the west.
The shelter was no longer there. It had been blown away during the storms of last year. Our thoughts were that this is a good time to build a vandal proof hide but the manager said it would have a lot of problems including cost, and would need locking every night but it would be a godsend in winter and it would mean that people would stay longer if out of the weather.
We didn't reach the gate at the end of the embankment but turned back to reach the car park before the light started to fade.
This reserve has two habitats. The outer marsh that is still being established, and the arable fields and hedgerows inland. All this is an excellent area for wildlife and there are always things to be seen.
This was a good evening for the society as the weather didn’t deter people.
Mute Swan 40+
Grey Partridge 3?
Little Egret 10+
Great Crested Grebe 2 pr
Black T Godwit
Black Headed Gull
Lesser Black Back Gull
Greater Black Back Gull
Sedge Warbler h
Reed Bunting h
Brown Hare 4+