Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm: No.4 tank: A Time of Change.

No.4 tank: A Time of Change.

16.04.15. SW corner of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed. Bill Morton

Following on from my previous post for the 20th March 2015, I thought it would be a good time to give you a visual update on the work undertaken on the huge reed beds of No.4 tank and the infrastructure of roads that are being put in place on the marsh.

17.04.15. Rake Lane, Helsby Marshes. Bill Morton

16.04.15. New road from Rake Lane. Bill Morton (2)16.04.15. New road from Rake Lane. Bill Morton (1)

16.04.15. Extreme South-west corner of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed. Bill Morton (1)16.04.15. Extreme South-west corner of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed. Bill Morton (4)16.04.15. Extreme South-west corner of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed. Bill Morton (3)The first set of images show the south-west corner of the tank adjacent to and the improved road/track by the Holpool Gutter and Lordship Lane to Rake Lane.

16.04.15. South west corner of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed. Bill Morton (2)

16.04.15. South west corner of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed. Bill Morton (3)16.04.15. South west corner of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed. Bill Morton (4)The second set of images show the reduction of the reed beds close to the south-west corner.

16.04.15. Centre of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed. Bill Morton (2)

16.04.15. Centre of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed. Bill Morton (1)16.04.15. Centre of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed begining to be cleared. Bill Morton (1)The third set of images show the central region of reed bed clearance.

16.04.15. Centre of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed begining to be cleared. Bill Morton (2)

16.04.15. South-east corner of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed and clear scrub in foreground. Bill Morton (2)16.04.15. South-east corner of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed and clear scrub in foreground. Bill Morton (3)16.04.15. South-east corner of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed and clear scrub in foreground. Bill Morton (4)The fourth set of images are of the south-east corner where the site office is situated and shows the track that separates No.4 and No.6 tanks.

16.04.15. North-east corner No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed and clear scrub. Bill Morton (13)16.04.15. North-east corner No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed and clear scrub. Bill Morton (12)16.04.15. North-east corner No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed and clear scrub. Bill Morton (11)

16.04.15. North-east corner No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed and clear scrub. Bill Morton (7)16.04.15. North-east corner No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed and clear scrub. Bill Morton (4)16.04.15. North-east corner No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed and clear scrub. Bill Morton (1)16.04.15. Northern banks of No.4 tank, Frodsham Marsh, remaining reed bed and clear scrub in background. Bill Morton (5)The fifth set of images depict the heavy machines, wind turbine bases and the close proximity to the Mersey estuary.

16.04.15. No.3 tank (mitigation), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)16.04.15. No.3 tank (mitigation), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (6)16.04.15. No.3 tank (mitigation), Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (3)

The final set of images No.3 tank and the wetland area of mitigation.

All images by WSM.

18.04.15. Birdlog

18.04.15. Birdlog

18.04.15. Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (1)

Out again this morning along the Manchester Ship Canal and around No.4 and No.6 tanks. The female Marsh Harrier was again pursued by Lapwings over 4 while a Fox took advantage of the absence of contractors being about and was searching for the Lapwing nests.

18.04.15. Whitethroat, Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (3)

An arrival of summer migrants included Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed and Sedge Warbler and they didn’t waste anytime making themselves known throughout the mornings walk. A single Little Egret was out on the salt marsh keeping company with the many Common Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall  and smaller numbers of Common Teal.

18.04.15. Golden Plovers, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)

There were 23 Golden Plover sat on the waters edge with a small number of Redshank.

Along Lordship Lane both Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were evident by their song. A Little Egret flew over No.6 then was forced to avoid a mid-flight collision and rapidly changed course when a model aircraft flew to close. Many Common Buzzard, Raven and a pair of Kestrel seen during the walk with Sand Martin over the Holpool Gutter.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 1-2 & 4).

18.04.15. Frodsham Marsh. Paul Ralston (2)

The area of No.1 tank featured 5 Wheatear and 3 Whimbrel this morning.
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The first Swift of the summer flew east over the River Weaver with 50 Sand Martin. The area around the Weaver Bend also had 4 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Common Sandpiper.
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During the tide on the River Mersey birds were displaced on to No.6 tank and included: 23 Golden Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover.
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Warblers seen/heard included: 28 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler and 1 Reed Warbler.
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Observer: Alyn Chambers

18.04.15. Track on, No.5 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

After work I made my way along the top newly widened track above No.6 tank and stopped to observe the ducks there. 3 Little Grebe, 17 Tufted Duck, 64 Common Shelduck, 67 Common Teal and a few Mallard.

18.04.15. Golden Plovers, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

The Golden Plover flock from earlier in the day was still present and were bathing and constantly calling to each other.

18.04.15. Little Grebes, No.6 tank, frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

Three Little Grebes were calling and displaying in the corner of No.6 tank.

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

Onward and forward brought me to the mitigation area and 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 4 Shoveler and 10 Common Teal. 3 Swallow and 4 Sand Martin were over the pools.

Observer: WSM (images 3 & 5-7)