Stone Free

A rare Stone Curlew, scientific name Burhinus grallarius, was found this morning at Little Woolden Moss Lancashire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve just north of Irlam and Cadishead

The finder of the bird is Dave Steel, who has spent many years recording the birds of the Mosses, and throughout the day birdwatchers have been arriving from all over the North to witness perhaps the first ever Salford sighting of this species

A species of heaths and lowland moorlands, the Stone Curlew is a summer migrant to England to places such as the Norfolk Brecklands and the chalklands of Wessex

If you are visiting to see this bird, you need to park and walk to the site, there is parking at four spots, and birdwatchers are being requested to park sensibly

Perhaps the most comfortable spot to park is at Moss Farm (plenty parking and a cafe open until 3pm) on Cutnook Lane then walk north for 200 yards then turn left along Twelve Yards Road and then carry walking along the road for about a mile until you reach the Little Woolden Moss LWT Reserve

The bird is being seen from the hide and also the kissing gate on the north side of the reserve

The owners of Moss Farm request that birdwatchers who use the site for parking also visit the cafe/farm shop where snacks, meals and fresh farm produce is available


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