Date: Saturday 15th June 2017
Weather: Warm Sunny
Leader: Graham Thomas/John Wilson
Party Number: 13
Distance and Time: 4 miles. 4 hours
The party of 13 set off from a point half a mile south of Torver and just off the A593 on a grass verge. We had been here last June with The Lancaster RSPB where a local lady had been our guide. This had given me the inspiration of bringing The Preston Society.
I think that the long journey up was justified at such a fantastic habitat.
After passing a house we forked left down an old lane were some oaks and a barbed wire fence were places to look for Redstarts and Flycatchers. We saw a female Redstart on a fence. When the walled lane opened up onto the common we took a path to the left. The common is open undulating land interspersed with scrub Juniper and Gorse. Ideal areas for wildlife.
We continued walking on a well defined path to a small pool with Water Lilies. It was here that we saw the first pair of Whinchat. On the way we heard then saw one then two Cuckoo's fly to a wood.
A path going left took us to the east then south and eventually came to the reservoir and sat down for lunch in the same place as last year. The water was higher so no mud which had been good for feeding Wagtails and Dragonflies.
Back along a track then a path on right took us around the bottom of reservoir and along to Inkling Knott, an outcrop of exposed rock. We continued up and over a hillock and back to the small pool then retraced steps to the lane then the cars. On the way we watched a Cuckoo fly to a bush being pursued by a small bird.
Some of the party drove down to Broughton in Furness, a delightful village with a square.
We sat in the rear beer garden of The Old Kings Head.
A lovely day for everyone and a great habitat.
Pheasant h ?
Blk Hd Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Great Spotted Woodpecker