Thursday, 19 March 2009

Old Railway Track, Holden Vale Flash & Camms...

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.

On one of the more mature decidous trees we found this lichen (see photo). And below is a very old photo of Camms Mill which was demolished around 1910.