Places to see birds

Pennington Flash, Leigh

Pennington Flash, Leigh
The spit - Laura Bimson

When you first arrive you are confronted by a scene that is seen in every park, ducks and swans waiting to be fed. In winter you're likely to be harassed by persistent begging beaks!

There are seven hides around the reserve which look out on different habitats including wooded areas, reed beds and an open lagoon. The lagoon is very sheltered and is a popular site for teal, shoveler and grey heron. Reed buntings are resident birds on the reserve, breeding in the reed beds that are all over the site. Kingfishers are regularly seen on the lagoon observed from the New hide.

The well stocked and popular Bunting hide feeding station attracts all kinds of birds from the flash including many from much further a field. Finches are common, bullfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, tits including willow and long tailed. Ring necked parakeets have visited the peanut feeders. All feeding stations have their share of scavengers and this one is of no exception, gt spotted woodpecker, jays. Grey squirrels and magpies are regular invaders. As well as these birds sparrowhawk and water rail are also known to turn up.
Rarities seen on the Flash have included glossy ibis, cattle and great white egret, whiskered tern, and great northern diver.


Additionally, a wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies can be spotted in the area.

The Flash is signed from Junction 23 of the M6 motorway/The East Lancashire Road/A580 with the A572 to Leigh. And than towards Leigh. A long track leads off the A572 St Helens road to the park.

Mainly flat terrain with good paths throughout, incline towards canal. Benches & picnic tables on site

Car park: Pay & Display
Toilet facilities.
Drink & Snack vans usually in Car Park