Help shape the future of THE HIVE!

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Release date:  Mon, 27/02/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  We want to hear YOUR views on the future of the HIVE at Moss Bank Park... What should be the future of the HIVE at Moss Bank Park? Whether you have visited or not, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and partners want to know your thoughts on the future of the HIVE at Moss Bank Park. What currently happens at the HIVE and how? The key activities which are delivered at the HIVE at the moment are: read more...

Spring bees & the flowers of spring

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Date / Time Start date:  Sat, 11/03/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Join us for a fantastic FREE event, where you can learn how to identify some of the more common bees and other insects and become a bee surveyor! We are inviting people to look at bees - and the flowers they visit in Skelmersdale - as part of a British Science Week project. All welcome - just contact Ben Hargreaves on 01772 318379 for more information. Summary:  As part of British Science Week we're hosting a FREE bee ID session in Skelmersdale, Lancashire. Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  No ...

Glaucous gull

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At last some better views and this is a tricky 3cy (possibly 2cy if I have the iris wrong) glaucous gull at the small end of the scale in my opinion.  I couldn't watch it for long with a scope from where I was for security reasons and certainly no pics. Sorry about the error bit conditions were horrendous yesterday and the views were as per "pics".   I was concerned about the advanced bill pattern for a 2cy and the iris appeared not to be completely dark this am but couldn't see properly...
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Before The Larks.

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Before my dash to Bank End to see the Shorelarks on Friday, I estimated 500 Whooper Swan seen at Cockersand, with the wintering herd still standing at around 450, and another 50 seen in Crook Farm fields with at least 3 Bewick's Swan. In and around Bank Houses horse paddock, 8 Tree Sparrow, 4 Blackbird, 4 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wood Pigeon, a Song Thrush, and a male Chaffinch. Also noted, 5 Skylark, and 4 Shoveler on a flood seen as two pairs and a good record here. At Conder Green at high tide, the Spotted Redshank was on the marsh, with a single Little Grebe on the tide. I was about to leave when I watched a huge cloud of up to 1,500 gulls come up off the fields on Jeremy Lane to fly towards the estuary, c.250 came down on to Conder Pool, checking them out they were mainly Black-headed Gull but included 28 Common Gul...
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Waxwing Week

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Unexpectedly I have been watching waxwings again this week.I enjoyed some excellent sessions with waxwings around Christmas and New Year.There was a flock of around one hundred birds present at Barrow village near Whalley and many photographers and birdwatchers came to see them.So it was a great surprise this week to see they were back at Barrow village.There was a flock of around forty birds coming to feed at a cotoneaster tree in a nearby garden.I made two visits to see them,the first was curtailed by heavy rain but I did manage one or two shots before I had to head for home.Of course I was keen to return and the following day I was there again.The waxwings were still there and were coming down at regular intervals to feed on the cotoneaster berries.I was not alone and Eric kept me company and we enjoyed some excellent views and photograp...
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Seagull perseverance pays off

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Inspired by Bill Aspin's latest Fishmoor video, decided to head off in the awful weather for a big seagull trawl of HeyshamAlmost the first bird seen on the long range scope views (especially through rather a lot of rain) was a 2CY Iceland Gull.  It was not very settled however in the wet and windy conditions and repositioned itself several times before flipping over to the other side of the roof.  This is awkward to see but you can get very good views if you get the geometry right.  Jean managed this from the catwalk near the harbour waterfall before it slumped down showing only upperparts and head.  This was enough to confirm a not atypical late winter 'washed out' 2CY with a dark irisAwful phonescope record shots into the wind and rain; one here: The model boat pond held 8 Gadwall (4 pairs) and 5 Tufted Duck...

Wora Lark!….Nice One AC.

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There's been a five month gap since the last class bird was found in our area when SP found the brilliant American Golden Plover at Cockersand 29 September 2016....but yesterday closed the gap in style.Merlin. Cockersand February 24. Pete Woodruff.I was already excited by finding this female Merlin squat in a field at Cockersand, clearly a good example of how the Merlin and the Mistle Thrush are not immediately distinguishable at a distance and in a pose like this one, the Merlin differing in overall length with the Mistle Thrush by only 4cm, the bird eventually flew off to land on a distant fence post.But now I was about to get even more excited, my mobile has a voice at the other end telling me of a couple of birds found on the marsh at Bank End....I'm on my way AC. I could tell by his actions that he had the bird...

grey wagtail still in residence

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Every so often one of our 'migrant' grey wagtails caught on autumn passsge stays local, despite the norm being to tower off to the south east to continue an epic migration!One ringed last autumn was seen on middleton in early January and the same bird was confirmed today by Malcolm with a few long range glimpses in the meantime. Not much else today in what has been a very quiet storm blown seabird free winter...

Birdless Doris

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Did the rounds this morning which included checking for wind blown seagulls as its main theme and this failed spectacularly with nothing found and not a single bird on the pitfalls despite on one reactor off on each for the outage.  Even the pochard had given it a miss...
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‘Our Irish Sea’ Marine Champion

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Quick summary:  We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who would like to become Marine Champions for 'Our Irish Sea Project' and learn the skills needed to inspire others to join in the campaign to protect our valuable marine environment... We are part of the Wildlife Trusts movement, the UK's leading conservation charity dedicated to all wildlife. We are your local charity, working hard to improve your local area for wildlife and for you. The Trust manages over 2,000 acres of some of the region's most precious wild places in the form of 37 nature reserves and 20 Local Nature Reserves. These provide places where wildlife can thrive and people can relax and enjoy the wealth of our natural heritage. Contact details:  ...