Industrial Evolution

Industrial Evolution

11.02.15. No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

An isolated stunted Elder tree stands with its shoulder to the prevailing westerly winds on the exposed banks of No.4 tank.

11.02.15. No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

One of the now disused and in disrepair drainage towers is slowly being concealed by the reeds and scrub. In its heyday the tower would have stood tall and helped to reduce the volume of rain water on the active No.4 tank.

11.02.15. Common Buzzard, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The Common Buzzard is one species that have increased dramatically over the last 20 years and is now the commonest bird of prey on the marshes occupying a variety of habitats.

11.02.15. Frodsham Hill from No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Frodsham Hill, or Overton Hill, as it is sometimes known, rises to 500 feet (152 metres).

11.02.15. Helsby Hill from No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The wooded hills of Frodsham and Helsby are clear landmarks on the Cheshire plain and forms the northern end of the Mid-Cheshire Ridge, a range of sandstone hills that extends southwards to Delamere Forest and Tarporley.

11.02.15. No.3 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

No.4 tank is never far from industry but at times it has a unique wilderness and is often a place of solitude for the wildlife that inhabit the marsh. The dence phragmites reed beds are some of the largest in Cheshire.

11.02.15. No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

The pot-holed track along the southern border of No.3 tank with the distant works of Ineos Chlor across the River Weaver.

11.02.15. No.3 tank and Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

A backdrop of industry with Marsh Farm nestled below and the newly created wetland mitigation of No.3 tank. All the surrounding industry evolved because of the Weaver Valley and its proximity to the River Mersey and the sea beyond. That’s something to bear in mind when the wind turbine developers start work here this year. We’re expecting good things to come out of this site in the coming years.

11.02.15. Common Buzzard, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Another Common Buzzard watches from the old timber left over from the old magazine out on Frodsham Score jetty. A lamb settles in a hollow and the omnipresence Raven scuttles in the distance.

14.02.15. Gun Turret, frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

A bleak landscape on the raised banks bordering Frodsham Score and the ghost of the rusty Allan Williams Turret Pillbox sits in defence of Weston Point and Liverpool (well, that’s what it was erected fo)r. See here for additional information.

14.02.15. Common Buzzard, Frodsham Score, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

Finally, another Common Buzzard to polish off this post sits on an old tree growing out of an old sheep pen on Frodsham Score.

All images: WSM.

15.02.15. Birdlog

15.02.15. Birdlog

21.12.14. Siberian Chiffchaff, Runcorn Hill. Andy Humphreys (2)The Woodcock is considered “sport” by shooters but in reality shooters have to stalk them out of hiding or use dogs to flush them from the dense cover they conceal themselves in. Birders don’t have those aids to hand (fortunately), so fieldcraft is needed and a big dollop of luck is really what you require if you want to see one on the marsh. One was seen today at a location that we’ll keep under wraps but it provided a handy year tick for the marshes yearly total.

Present in the same area were 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and presumably prospecting for a nest site. A grey coloured Chiffchaff in the buckthorn bushes below the southern banks of No.6 tank recalled the ‘Eastern’ Chiffchaff present on Runcorn Hill at the end of last year.

The wild swan herd was again on Ince Marshes.

Observer: Frank Duff.

Image of Runcorn Hill ‘Eastern’ Chiffchaff by Andy Humphreys for illustration purposes only and not actual bird.