Lydiate, 15th April 2012

(Report by John Clegg) After getting off the 300 bus the walk started in Hall Lane, with Rooks flying around the church. We crossed the Racing Stables, where there were Lapwings on the gallops and we had lunch on the bridge over the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Swallows flew above the water and there was a Buzzard overhead.

After lunch we walked along the canal towpath to Jackson’s Bridge then returned to Hall Lane. At the farm shop on the other side of the road we saw a mother Mallard with 10 one-day-old ducklings, and six Peacocks were displaying on the field.

From the bus stop outside the church we saw a Raven fly over, and the churchyard had good numbers of both blue and white English Bluebells together with the yellow flowers of Lesser Celandine.  A total of 26 bird species seen.

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