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20 March 2018

Lightmoor Colliery Colliery Tip

Grid Ref SO64501191


A visit to Lightmoor Colliery to continue creating glades for butterflies. As you can see from the photos, we were still waiting for the harsh winter to disappear having had another snow fall at the weekend. We saw a sow boar with a couple of humbugs on the top lip of the tip so we kept away from them.





The view across the slag heaps. There is a marshy pond at the bottom which was frozen over. The snow is taking a long time to melt!





Black Swans

These swans were in a little pond by the track leading to the colliery site.

The black swan, originating in Australia, is very popular as an ornamental waterbird in western Europe, especially Britain, and escapees are commonly reported. As yet, the population in Britain is not considered to be self-sustaining and so the species is not afforded admission to the official British List, but the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust have recorded a maximum of nine breeding pairs in the UK in 2001, with an estimate of 43 feral birds in 2003-2004. However, As a very rough approximation, there may be somewhere in the region of 300+ Black Swans 'at large' in the UK now.





No chain saw today so how many people are needed to cut down a tree???