Another extremely mild month with virtually no frosts produced significant rainfall on 20 days but nothing remotely like the deluges that caused widespread flooding in the south and south-
As usual, bird migration began during February with the first Avocet at Martin Mere on 9th, increasing to around 60 by the month’s end. They were slower to arrive at Marshside but I counted four there on 28th when last year’s Long-
The big 10.2m tide at the start of the month took a bit more off Formby Point, while, at Hightown, I found Marram rhizomes protruding from the beach about 21m out from the low cliffed sand-
The unseasonably warm temperatures resulted in lots of plants flowering early. At Queen’s Jubilee Nature Trail on 5th, Hairy Bitter-
In my January notes, I described the damage to dunes and slacks at Ravenmeols and Birkdale caused by off-
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation organised a group of about 30 volunteers, many of them students from the University of Bangor, to remove scrub at Queen’s Jubilee Nature Trail and the “School Bank” at Kenilworth Road, Ainsdale. This work was designed to improve habitat for Sand Lizards and Natterjack Toads. While working out the areas to be cleared on 21st, I was delighted to see an adult Little Gull flying overhead, this being arguably my favourite bird.
A singing Siberian Chiffchaff attracted birders to Martin Mere in the last few days of the month. This grey eastern sub-