Trip reports



Saturday, 10 May 2014

Fortunately the forecast heavy showers did not materialize and despite the strong breeze, an enjoyable outing ensued. Lydiate, just 12 miles or so from the city centre has a mixed habitat of open farmland, small copses and the Leeds and Liverpool canal, as well as housing. This in turn produced an excellent variety of species. With the popular migrants of house martin, swallow and swift being in evidence. Other notable visitors were wheatear, winchat and swift being in evidence.
Species associated with farmland and open habitat, namely lapwing, yellowhammer, corn bunting, tree sparrow and grey partridge did not disappoint, One has to be in the right time at the right place, and so it was when a gt spotted woodpecker flew past whilst we were on the canal towpath. We also had good sighting of skylarks, a treat on any day, sun or rain.
At total of 43 species were seen, rabbit and hare mammals for the day.