From today’s Runcorn Weekly News but apparently the planning permission went in during August and a decision is due next week. The attached map shows the proposed site (in red, alongside the M56 between Marsh Lane and Ship Street), More at
application 13/03657/COU. Change of land use of land from agricultural to outdoor recreational/ Land off Brook Furlong .
If anyone is concerned or wishes to know more follow link above.
Thanks to David Norman.
A quiet period this evening with strong northerly winds and the threat of rain coming in. Most of the ducks were keeping a low profile although 13 Pintail and 20 Shoveler outnumbered the Common Teal and Tufted Duck for a change.
A single Ruff was the sole representative of any shorebirds. 3 Kestrel, 4 Common Buzzard sparring with Ravens over No 4 tank.
I went early to see if the Pink-footed Geese were about after flighting over last night but no joy. Rick and his Dad Pete Nicholls were also down on the marsh (Pete has been off the road due to illness). No 6 held 3 Curlew Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit, Brook Furlong had a Great Spotted Woodpecker (female) and Sparrowhawk with prey.
Observer: Paul Crawley (sunrise image).
6 Great Crested Grebe were by the Weaver sluice gates (FD).
Managing a couple of hours up to sunset along the banks of No 6 tank and notching up 47 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, female Ruddy Duck, 340 Common Teal and 4 Pintail. 2 Ruff were finding the thick sticky mud hard going as they waded through it. A massive Raven dwarfed the female Marsh Harrier while she was quartering the banks of No 4 tank and a Kestrel was watched devouring a Vole.
Observer: WSM (images and video).
54 Tufted Duck, 2 drake Pochard, 4 Pintail, 7 Shoveler and 500 Common Teal were sharing No 6 tank with several hundred pre-roosting/bathing Black-headed Gulls. Also skulking around in the reeds were a couple of quarreling Water Rail and a Green Sandpiper was noted.
A Common Buzzard (pictured) watched all this with a steely eye.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard and a Chiffchaff along with Blackcap and Reed Warbler were spotted along No six tank, while a Cettl’s Warbler was rattling away at a private site. The pipe line on No tank continued to hold a Wheatear.
Also noted were 200+ Pink-footed Goose over Godscroft Lane heading over the marsh in various sized flocks from 10 to 100 at 18:35 (PC).
A machine bore hole drilling on No 5 tank for the wind turbines due next year?
Observers: Paul Crawley, WSM (and images).
500 Common Teal were present on No 6 tank including 300 on the secluded pool, some males were showing signs of attaining bright plumage. 70 Tufted Duck, 1 drake Common Pochard, 4 Pintail and an increase in Mallard numbers which reached 83 birds. The female Ruddy Duck looked forlorn on the water.
Apart from the duck species it was a bit dull and dreary this evening.
Hopefully someone might find a Yellow-browed Warbler in the hawthorn hedgerows?…The scene is set just waiting for the tiny cast.