Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Thursday, 19 March 2009
A walk along the old railway track from Grane Road straightaway produced this early cowslip (Primula veris).
A slight deviation to the Holden Vale Flash which has plenty of Bullrush (Typha latifolia) in the margins. In the outlet there was one or two frogs and also this pair of Toads which where copulating.
Just a little higher up than where the Swinnel meets the Ogden, there where lots of Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium) and also several clusters of Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
We checked out the old Camms Mill site where there is still much evidence of stone and brick ruins especially on the boundaries, and examples where found of two separate old brick manufacturing firms, The Metallic Brick Co of Accrington and the Lancashire Brick Company of Baxenden, firms long gone. Around this part a Kingfisher was heard to fly upstream.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Michael and Margaret who run the Lancashire Hawks and Owls where quietly having a butty at Clough Head today, and with them they had brought Jet their Harris Hawk and Purdy, their Barn Owl to have some gentle exercise. (Click over photo to enlarge)
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Plenty of frog spawn showing today not far from and to the back of Grane Information Centre, Some Meadow Pipits back on territories along with Skylark on the section of Haslingden Moor towards Doles. Close ups of Large female Hen Harrier being haressed by a single crow whilst it slowly made way West to East along the edge of the Moor. Found a new fern and moss (see photo), We do think the fern is probably Common Polypody (Polypodium vulgare) Also checked out at Doles and there are still a few of the old Haslingden bricks on view, two separate designs - one shown here. (Click over photo to enlarge)
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Carried on from the other day walking around Calf Hey Reservoir but today it was grand to be dry. The waters had lowered considerably from even a couple of days ago See photo below . Checked out with Steven Duckworth (Farmer-Leys End) and he told me - United Utilities where allowing the Reservoir to empty on purpose because they where carrying out repairs on the Holden Wood Reservoir (the first reservoir) and they needed plenty of open volume available within Calf Hey should there be any chances of torrential downpour and in that case the Calf Hey would be then in a position to retain the water instead of it being driven down through the storm drains via Ogden and into Holden Wood.
This pair of Mallard above where in the Calf Hey Inlet lock, there was also 6 Goosanders (5 male and 1 Female)on the reservoir and a lone male Goldeneye. At the Car Park there was a large party of Goldfinch with some Brambling mixed in. Also a single Raven making its way west and as is usual calling. A pair of Green Woodpecker was yaffling at Grane Head.
Also had plenty of Water Cricket (Velia caprai) - See photo here on left . (click over to enlarge). Pussy Willow starting to bud at various parts. Also a great collection of Oyster fungus (Pleurotus ostreatus) Click on photo to enlarge. Near to Grane Head. (Thanks to Mike Valentine for identification)
Steve Duckworth came up on his quad to bring feed to the young cows, accompanied by two of the fittest sheepdogs I have ever seen...
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Here the photos show it completely empty during August 1984 and a couple more showing the reservoir starting to fill up again during December 1984. (Click over the photo to enlarge)
It was always said that Brown Trout could never survive in Calf Hey because of the high acid levels and I can remember about 7 years prior to this incident (1977 ish) that some local fishing club members put a few hundred brown trout fry of approx 4" in size into Calf Hey to see how they faired. Unknown to many the fish did quite well and in later years there where odd individuals who actually did a spot of fishing now and again and where known to catch trout averaging 14 to 18" in length. I can only presume the Trout got netted prior to the reservoir becoming completely emptied in 84. I cant say as I have seen any evidence of trout in the reservoir in recent years..
Calf Hey Reservoir details extracted from the Irwell Valley Water Board Report of 1939: Earth embankments and puddle core walls, completed in 1859. The first sod cut by Thomas Aitken on 18th May 1854. Average rainfall: 52.5 inches
Top water level: 800.00ft above Ordnance Datron.Length of Embankment: 1025ft. Maximum depth: 42ft. Capacity: 133.5 million gallons.
It does seem that Calf Hey Res was also empty at sometime during the 1990's as this photo shows and kindly given by Jackie Ramsbottom.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Today me and Charlie had walk around Calf Hey Reservoir and noted 5 Male Goosander and 2 male Goldeneye present.. also lots of Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage matting and in flower near to Grane Head. The Calf Hey Reservoir is at very low levels again today..