A Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) reflected in the steel grey waters of Pennington Flash.
At the turn of the 20th century, coal mining subsidence and flooding created what has now become known as the “Flash”, an area located just off St Helens Road of the Greater Manchester town of Leigh. The 70-hectare lake is the centrepiece of this rare and beautiful country park. Now an extensive nature reserve with several bird hides and a network of tracks and footpaths. The old coal mine spoil heaps have been planted with trees which are now beginning to mature. There are many native trees including birch, alder, willow, oak and ash. Some conifers have also been planted especially larch. Footpaths wind in and out of these wooded areas, and alongside the main flash and lots of smaller pools. Some of these are overlooked by wooden hides. On cold days these are great places to sit and watch the bird antics. © RSPBliverpool.
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