Sankey Valley Survey- January 2018

Down the Canal by Jo Degenhart
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As I have told you I am spending this year studying Sankey Valley Park, a park that runs along Sankey Canal. I am not entirely sure where it will take me but I went out in January to work out the area I am going to look at and see what I could find.

I walked around listing plants and birds and generally had a great time taking photographs looking at all the nature emerging through the cold. As I have said before, I am not a botanist so this will more of a stroll around the park noting what I see sort of ‘survey’ than anything scientific so please feel free to comment and let me know if I have incorrectly identified a plant or bird. I have some photos of what I saw but when it comes to the birds I was often not fast enough so simply listed what I saw.

Herb Robert
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English Ivy
Snowdrop

  

 

 

 

 

Mute Swans
Gull

 

 

 

 

 

Mallards with unusual markings
Mosses and Lichens

 

 

 

 

 

Catkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was taking photos with paintings and prints in mind, there is so much inspiration it has been a little overwhelming and that has made it even harder to know what to do with the information. I plan to do a bit of research into the canal and the area and look at different areas and wildlife as the seasons progress.

 

The view looking up at the trees by Bog Wood

 

Taken from near the bandstand, facing Bewsey Lock

 

Taken near the edge of the maze.

 

I have listed what I saw in the table below but if you see a mistake or I have not yet identified anything you can spot then please let me know in the comments. I welcome any contributions or advice!!

Jo x

 

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