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Pennington Flash Nature reserve and a Flying Dog !

February 9, 2015

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We we’re sooo lucky to have a great day out last week at the beautiful Pennington Flash.

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Pennington Flash Country Park is a 200-hectare (490-acre) country park located between Lowton and Pennington, Leigh in Greater Manchester. The flash is a 70-hectare (170-acre) lake created at the turn of the 20th century by coal mining subsidence, mainly from Bickershaw Colliery, and flooding. We spotted this kingfisher (from quite a distance away) who contrasted brilliantly from his red Dogwood surrounds. Pity it was too far to get a decent shot.

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There are quite a number of hides scattered around the edges of the flash. Ideal lookouts to see all kinds of birdlife.

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A sample of the local feathered friends we found there.

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Pennington Flash Country Park is nationally renowned for its birdlife and is a classic example of natural regeneration. A variety of well-maintained paths cater to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Apparently over 230 bird species have been recorded on site including: Black-faced Bunting, Nightingale, Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill and Leach’s Storm-petrel. Additionally, a wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies can be spotted in the area too. Perhaps when it’s a little warmer !

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A small collection of natural fungi and lichens.

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Of course wherever there’s a chance of free seeds, the squirrels will be there.

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It wasn’t just the birds who enjoyed their day out, here’s a little photographic proof that we have a very excitable flying dog !

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The light was strong and sharp, good for detail and highlighting.

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I rather liked this little hide warden, he reminded me of some of the Brazilian graffiti I’ve talked about previously.

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A great day out for man and dog alike … ladies too  : ) The evening gave us a wonderful colour show.

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I didn’t see many of these critters today but really enjoyed creating them. More on my Fishink Site.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. ALice Meynell permalink
    February 9, 2015 3:30 pm

    Hi there! I love your blog, and have been following for a while. You always seem to dig up the most interesting and stimulating finds. I was recommended to you by a friend. I just wondered if you might take a look at what I do? I live in East Lothian and walk my dogs on the beach every day and I can’t help filling my pockets with stuff on every trip. This  inspired me to set up http://www.shorehound.com   I make illustrations incorporating washed up things I find and I hope you might like them! Very best, Alice Meynell

    • February 9, 2015 5:16 pm

      Hi Alice, yes they’re lovely. I’ll email you about showing them off on my site. Thanks for the comments. Craig

  2. February 9, 2015 6:51 pm

    I love your day out blogs and can’t believe you saw a Kingfisher – they are one of the most beautiful birds in the UK! And Boo is clearly is woof-paradise!! Plus she’s learning how to pose too which is just adorable!! You know I’m available for dog-sitting don’t you…..?!!! Keep up the great work!! ;o)

    • February 9, 2015 9:49 pm

      Thanks Lizzie, may well take you up on the dog sitting offer, next time you’re on Blighty soil : )

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