MOORE NATURE RESERVE… February Walk 2017

On a fantastic day, cold with the sun shining on us, eleven keen walkers gathered at the car park at Moore Nature Reserve.
The Reserve comprises of 200 acres of woodland, meadows, lakes, ponds and is home to many diverse species of plants, animals, birds and other wildlife.
Anne Marie and her colleague were waiting to give us a guided tour. On leaving the car park we followed the ‘West Walk” up an incline to reach the Sedge Hide which overlooks Lapwing Lake.
The highest part of the reserve, Raptor Watch Platform gave us a good view of the surrounding areas, in the distance, Runcorn Bridge and Fiddlers Ferry Power Station could be seen.
The paths meandered among the bushes and trees, down steps whose edges had been made out of recycled plastic bags to look like strips of wood. We found ourselves on the dry bed of a section of ‘Old Quay” Runcorn to Latchford canal, the brickwork lining of the edges of the canal could still be seen. We used a boardwalk to bridge a marshy area were butterflies are in abundance all summer. From the Feeding Station Hide, we saw blue tits and a nuthatch but according to the bird watchers not many other birds at the moment.

This was very informative walk and thanks were given to the guides
A well-deserved lunch was then enjoyed at The Stag Inn.

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