Two weeks ago we visited the Port Sunlight River Park conservation site. http://thelandtrust.org.uk/space/port-sunlight-river-park/
This is a reclaimed waste landfill site overlooking the Mersey Estuary. It was a wild grey very windy day but the area was still fascinating to explore. We were fortunate to be guided by the Warden who could give us detail on the sites very short history. It is going to be a difficult site to develope as it stands on household landfill and toxic dredging from old docklands along the river, under shallow topsoil. Despite these drawbacks nature is tenacious and there was considerable flora and fauna to experience even during this extremely dreary dark day. Sadly we found a dead young hedghog that have succombed to the cold overnight. It was very unusual to see one out and about at this time of the year when they should be in hibernation for the winter.
Noticebly Rowan trees have been extremely abundant with berries this year which has provided some super opportunites for photography over the past few weeks.
The berries are getting quite thin on the branches now and only the last bunches on the limp branch ends are left, so they are getting progressively difficult for the heavier birds to reach.
The light is wonderful at this time of year for taking atmospheric photos as the sunlight is so low and the days so puntuated with wet, foggy and sunny weather all in the same few daylight hours. Although sitting in the deepening gloom in the coffee shop belies this today.
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