An isolated stunted Elder tree stands with its shoulder to the prevailing westerly winds on the exposed banks of No.4 tank.
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.
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.
Frodsham Hill, or Overton Hill, as it is sometimes known, rises to 500 feet (152 metres).
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.
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.
The pot-holed track along the southern border of No.3 tank with the distant works of Ineos Chlor across the River Weaver.
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.
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.
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. https://frodshammarshbirdblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/life-on-marsh/
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.