Group Visits 2020

By | November 15, 2020

Before the Covid19 pandemic caused group activities to be suspended, two visits had taken place in 2020.

Thursday 12th February – Pennington Flash Country Park

The visit had been postponed from the Tuesday because of the atrocious weather conditions on the Tuesday.  The Thursday morning was a bright cold and windy Winter morning with just one short sharp hail shower.  Six members of the group attended and a total of 38 species were recorded.  A particular highlight was the large number of Goosander seen (c.15).

Tuesday 10th March – Martin Mere WWT

One of our regular visits, on this occasion seven members of the group attended and a total of 49 species were recorded.  It was a cloudy morning with some showers and strong winds.

As a result of the Covid19 restrictions the planned visits for the rest of the year were all cancelled.

The visits that had been planned were:

  • 14th April – Lunt Meadows LWT, Sefton
  • 12th May – Sizergh Castle NT / Leighton Moss RSPB
  • 9th June – Yarrow Country Park, Chorley
  • 14th July – Rivington Country Park, Bolton
  • 8th September – Brockholes LWT, Preston
  • 13th October – Speke Hall NT
  • 27th October – Burton Mere RSPB & Dee Estuary
  • 10th November – Marshside RSPB, Southport
  • 8th December – Mere Sands Wood LWT, Rufford

Click ‘Continue reading’ for the full list of species seen on the February and March visits:

Pennington Flash 12th February (38)

Species Number Seen Note
Blackbird Several  
Black-headed Gull Hundreds  
Blue Tit Several  
Bullfinch A few  
Canada Goose Many  
Carrion Crow Several  
Chaffinch A few  
Common Gull 1 Peter H
Coot Many  
Cormorant Several  
Dunnock 1  
Gadwall A few  
Goldeneye 3  
Goldfinch A few  
Goosander c.15  
Great Crested Grebe 3  
Great Spotted Woodpecker Heard only  
Great Tit A few  
Greenfinch 2  
Grey Heron A few  
Hybrid Duck Several Domestic Mallard
Lesser Black-backed Gull A few  
Little Grebe 5  
Long-tailed Tit Several  
Magpie Several  
Mallard Many  
Mistle Thrush Heard only  
Moorhen Many  
Mute Swan Many  
Oystercatcher A few  
Pheasant Heard only  
Reed Bunting Several  
Robin Several  
Shoveler Several  
Stock Dove A few  
Tufted Duck Many  
Willow Tit 2  
Woodpigeon Many


Martin Mere 10th March (49)

Species Number Seen Note
Avocet c.20  
Blackbird Several  
Black-headed Gull Hundreds  
Black-tailed Godwit Several  
Blue Tit Several  
Buzzard 2  
Canada Goose Many  
Carrion Crow Several  
Chaffinch Several  
Coot Many  
Cormorant 32  
Curlew Heard only  
Dunnock A few  
Feral Pigeon Several  
Gadwall 4 (Jean)
Goldfinch Several  
Great Black-backed Gull 2  
Great Tit Several  
Great White Egret 2  
Greenfinch Several  
Grey Heron 1  
Greylag Goose Many  
Jackdaw Several  
Lapwing Many  
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2  
Little Egret 2  
Long-tailed Tit A few  
Mallard A few hundred  
Marsh Harrier 1  
Moorhen A few  
Oystercatcher Many  
Pheasant A few  
Pink-footed Goose Hundreds  
Pintail Several  
Pochard A few  
Reed Bunting A few  
Robin A few  
Ruff Several  
Shelduck Many  
Shoveler Several  
Siskin 1  
Snipe 1 (Jean)
Teal A few hundred  
Tree Sparrow Several  
Tufted Duck Several  
Whooper Swan A few hundred  
Wigeon A few hundred  
Woodpigeon Several  
Wren 1


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