September 2015 bat survey (incl. amazing echolocation sounds from our bat detector!) – Pipistrelle’s, daubenton’s and noctule bats can be heard!
Friends of Amberswood are starting to manage the Wildflower Meadow. The group recently visited Wigan Flashes and collected the Seeds of the Yellow Rattle plant to scatter over Amberswood! This is essential in becoming an established Wildflower Meadow.
April 27th 2013 (10am) – There were many adult toads spotted on site along the paths surrounding the big lake – Keep your eyes peeled for these fascinating amphibians and watch where you step!
Recently seen on site (February 2013!!) – Cormorants, Phalacrocorax carbo:
Amberswood is situated on reclaimed mining land and is changing all the time. As the trees and planting develops and grows, new habitats will be formed for a wide array of wildlife.
We are proud to say we have water voles, Arvicola amphibius, living within some of the water ways on the site. Water voles are now a protected species in Europe and as such are a very intersting rodent. There are water vole studies carried out on site amongst other such as brown hare, Lepus europaeus, studies. Here is a link to a BBC video showing videos and amazing facts about the Brown hare – http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/European_Hare
There is a wide array of aquatic life in the several ponds and waterways on the site with frogs and common newts being a
regular sight. Anyone who has eveidence of other species should get in touch as we are trying to compile a record of all the species living within the boundaries.
– A new wildlife pond is hopefully going to be built in 2013!! –
There are, as you would expect on such a beautiful site, several species of birds prominent on Amberswood. You will be likey to come across all the usual duck species on the main lake as well as several other bird species nesting in the different sections of woodland plantation. There is evidence of a Buzzard family nesting on the site, something we are very excited about.
SEEN ANY WILDLIFE ON SITE?
This is the page we would like to keep expanding. When we get evidence of any new species, we will be sure to give them a mention
here. If there are any widlife or bird experts locally who would like to get involved wit the group, please contact us :
SEND YOUR PHOTOS IN! WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS OF WILDLIFE OR EVEN OF THE SITE IN GENERAL – WE WILL POST THEM IN OUR ONLINE GALLERY!
About the Greater Manchester Local Record Centre:
They have an aim to build up a detailed knowledge of the distribution of Greater Manchester’s wildlife and they monitor any changes, new species appearing or old species disappearing etc. You will be helping to keep up to date information on species (animals and plants) which will lead to conservation efforts.
Below is an example of some of our wildlife records: