Proposed Hovercraft Recreational Area on Frodsham Marsh

FRO hover activity proposal map

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.

09.10.13. Birdlog

09.10.13. Birdlog

09.10.13. Pintail, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh09.10.13. Pintail, No 6 tank, Frodsham MarshA 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.

Observer: WSM.

Nature Notes # 28: Flies with Everything.

Nature Notes # 28: Flies with Everything.

Sparky and me took our weekly yomp up, over, through and around various places at Delamere Forest today. We didn’t really start off making any effort looking for autumns fungal bounty but you couldn’t avoid finding a wealth of them en route, and as always birds were not far from the agenda. 07.10.13. Fly Agaric, Dead Lake, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonFly Agaric
07.10.13. Fly Agaric, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonImages of just two of the fourteen Fly Agaric’s we found on our ramble. The first image was taken from Dead Lake and the second from the Station Road side of Blakemere and attractively brightening up a fine day.
07.10.13. Common Earth Star, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonCommon Earth Star just beginning the transition from emerging to fanning out and producing the ‘star effect’.
07.10.13. Common Stinkhorn, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonCommon Stinkhorn
07.10.13. Common Stinkhorn, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonAn impressive beast of a fungi by any standards and it’s not often you come across three stalks bunched together. The smell was awful which the flies found irresistible but to get up close with a macro lens you do have to suffer for art.
07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonSaffron Milk Cap
07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonAn odd specimen of a fungi which appears to be infected by another mould/fungi. This was common on several species of different toadstools.
07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill MortonUnidentified fungi
07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton

Cauliflower Fungus (Sparassis crispa)

07.10.13. Fungi spp, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton

Helvella fungi.

Other stuff:
07.10.13. leucistic Lapwing, Blakemere, Delamere Forest. Bill Morton A leucistic Lapwing at Blakemere (above), Chiffchaff and a small group of Common Crossbill made up for a lacklustre bird watch. On the way home a drop into Wigg Island resulted in a couple of Little Egret and 14 Grey Heron.

Observers: Sparky, WSM (images).

06.10.13. Birdlog

06.10.13. Birdlog
06.10.13. Sunrise over Frodsham Hill. Paul Crawley. 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).
06.10.13. Kestrel, No 3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

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.
06.10.13. Ravens over No 3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.

Observer: WSM (images and video).

05.10.13. Birdlog

05.10.13. Birdlog

05.10.13. Common Buzzard, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.
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).
05.10.13. Bore-hole drilling on No 5 tank. Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton.
A machine bore hole drilling on No 5 tank for the wind turbines due next year?

Observers: Paul Crawley, WSM (and images).

01.10.13. Birdlog

01.10.13. Birdlog
12.09.13. Ruddy Duck, No 6 tank, Frodsham Marsh
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.