Merseyside and Greater Manchester
All but two of these images were taken at Carr Mill Dam, a lake of medium size on the northern edge of St Helens. They comprise great crested grebes, coots, grey herons and a Canada goose. Most were taken in a single season when there were about fifteen breeding pairs of grebes on the lake. There seemed to be fewer in the following year, but I visited less often then. Of the remaining images, the redshank was taken seven miles to the east at Pennington Flash Country Park in Greater Manchester, and the mating frogs on the Wirral Way near Heswall. Southport is also part of Merseyside administratively, but I have included images from the RSPB Reserve at Marshside in the West Lancashire sub-gallery because for bird life it belongs more to the Ribble Estuary environment and that of the neighbouring inland Reserve of Martin Mere.