Places to see birds

Liverpool Parks - Stanley Park & Walton Hall Park

Liverpool Parks - Stanley Park & Walton Hall Park
Stanley Park Lake, Snowy March 2013 - Laura Bimson

These are two local parks similar in design, size and habitat and situated within a mile of each other. Something else of note is Anfield Cemetery, a large expense of green found inbetween the 2 parks within that mile! A hop, skip and a jump one could say!

Stanley Park is known for dividing the home grounds of rival Merseyside football clubs Everton and Liverpool. A Grade II English Heritage site, it opened in 1870 and covers 110 acres. Approximately 60% of the land consists of open parkland, with most of the rest being laid out as gardens/shrubbery/tree lined avenues and lakes.
Stanley Park is home to the Isla Gladstone Conservatory, this beautifully restored glass house is well worth a visit, and a welcome cup of coffee awaits.

There are three connected lakes crossed by 2 restored sandstone bridges. The Lake area is a well established attraction for local wildfowl including Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Pochard, Mute Swan, Canadian & Greylag geese, Tufted duck and the current (2013) stars a pair of breeding Great Crested Grebe and a lonesome Male Mandarin Duck. Other rare visitors recorded are Common sandpiper, Sand martin and Lapwing.
The lakes are also frequented by Cormorants, Herons and various Gulls, Black headed gull, Lesser and Greater black backed, Herring and Common Gull.

The park has mature trees and shrubbery, over 50 species of trees and shrubs provide year-round colour. Recent restoration from 2007 - 2009 saw the planting of 70,000 new trees and shrubs around the park, more unusual species including the Tree of Heaven, Strawberry Tree, Scarlet Oak and Liquidambar. In 1991 part of the parkland was planted with half a million daffodil bulbs by the cancer charity Marie Curie, another Field of Hope for the city.

Walton Hall Park is 130 acres with a large lake and a smaller oblong pond used for model boats, but also utilised by the ducks! A sport centre with pitches and a bowling green take up a chunk of the park.

Angling is permitted on the Stanley Park and Walton Hall Park lakes, fish present Bream, Carp, Perch, Pike, Tench & Roach.

Additional recorded Bird list for the parks.
Crow, Magpie, Jay, Blackbird, Blackcap, Mistle thrush, Song thrush, Redwing, Blue, Great, Coal & Long tailed tit, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle thrush, Song thrush, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Pied wagtail, Grey wagtail, Starling, Swift ,Swallow, House martin, Wheatear, Willow warbler, Linnet, Jay, Jackdaw, Gt spotted woodpecker, Garden warbler, House sparrow, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Starling, Wood pigeon, Rock dove, Collared Dove, Sparrowhawk, Wren.

Good paths, disabled access
Facilities at Glasshouse, sports centres?