Trip reports

White Coppice

White Coppice
Group at White Coppice

Monday, 15 May 2017

A party of 13 people met at the beautiful location of White Coppice and after being introduced to the wonders of the area, set of south down the valley. We crossed The Goit. This is a Waterway that had been created to feed water from Roddlesworth Reservoirs in the north to Anglezarke Reservoirs in the south. This was a good place for viewing Dipper and Grey Wagtail. 
There was a wooded hill and ridge on the left, that was potentially a perfect habit for a host of fauna and flora.
Being the month of May, all the birds were singing so locating them wasn't too difficult. One small bush had a Willow Warbler and Redpoll seen at close quarters. On reaching a lane by Anglezarke Reservoir we were able to get a good view over the water and surrounding habitat. It gave us a pair of Canada Geese, a Great Crested Grebe, Some Tufted Duck and some Mallard.
We returned to White Coppice via a track which was created for walkers and cyclists, with fields on one side and The Goit and hillside on the other. At one point it was indicated that it was a popular spot for viewing the elusive Cuckoo.
We had lunch while watching the Village Cricket Match.

The afternoon walk continued by taking a route North through fields. This new habit meant new conditions and new birds. All we obtained, however, was a friendly Horse that likes to nip, and a sighting of a Roe deer.
Eventually we reached Wheelton Plantation and followed a short way in to listen for the Wood Warbler. This shy Warbler had not seen or heard for many years here, but did return 2 years ago and at least 4 pairs have been located. None were located so we returned to path and then followed a stony walkway under the Ridge looking for Tree Pipit in the many bushes scattered over the hillside. This bird was however elusive. We eventually returned to White Coppice after spending a lovely 5 hours in the countryside.


Birds seen or heard (H):
Canada Goose, 
Mallard, 
Pheasant, 
Grey Heron, 
Buzzard, 
Kestrel, 
Moorhen
, Curlew 
Black-headed Gull, 
Stock Dove, 
Wood Pigeon, 
Cuckoo H, 
Swallow
, Swift, 
Great Spotted Woodpecker
, Magpie, 
Carrion Crow, 
Jackdaw, 
Jay, 
Goldcrest H, 
Skylark, 
Blue Tit
, Great Tit, 
Long Tailed Tit, 
Coal Tit, 
Whitethroat, 
Willow Warbler, 
Chiffchaff H, 
Grasshopper Warbler H, 
Tree Creeper, 
Wren H, 
Starling, 
Dipper, 
Blackbird, 
Song Thrush, 
Mistle Thrush, 
Robin,
Redstart H, 
Stonechat, 
Dunnock H, 
House Sparrow, 
Pied Wagtail, 
Grey Wagtail, 
Meadow Pipit, 
Goldfinch, Chaffinch, 
Redpoll
, Greenfinch H, 
Reed Bunting.
Butterflies: 

Green Veined White, 
Painted Lady
, Orange Tip.
Mammals: 

Roe Deer, Rabbit.

Graham Thomas (Walk Leader)