Marsh Farm Edition
A few weeks ago Farmer Chris from Marsh Farm ask if I would put some images of his livestock on the blog. So, to celebrate the next few weeks of Spring I have picked some pictures from the marsh taken by myself and Stuart Maddocks.
Chris and his late father have worked and at times endured the harsh environment that a small farm perched on the edge of the Mersey Estuary can experience. The farm is often in the firing line of howling gales, snow storms, drought and is at the brunt of the seemingly ever-present rain that appears horizontal at times there. Farming life is a difficult job at the best of times so please follow the country code when visiting the marsh particularly during the lambing season.
I took this image last Spring of a cute lamb “smiling”.
A Bull from Ince Marsh by Stuart Maddocks
A wallowing pig at Holme Farm, Ince Marsh a good area for Black-tailed Godwit and Little Egret.
The Panda Cow was a calf last summer but is full sized now.
I couldn’t really leave all this without mentioning birds that have frequented Marsh Farm over the years and have included, One of Cheshire’s earliest ever Ospreys spotted by Martin Gilbert heading north over the farm on the last day of March’93. Some much sought after Frodder’s ticks like Pomarine Skua, Bittern, Ross’s, Brent, Barnacle and White-fronted Goose, Corncrake, Dotterel, a Bishop spp which caused quite a stir for a while, Black Redstart (the only marsh record) and more recently a juvenile Red-backed Shrike that pulled in birders.
Red-backed Shrike image by Colin Davis.