Author: Alex

Blog Post: What’s going on at the reserve?

On Sutton’s Marsh we are taking advantage of the dry period to refresh some of the waterways on the marsh. We only have a short window of opportunity for such work between the breeding season and the arrival of the autumn rains and water-birds. Its over 10 years since these ditches had a good clean-out and its remarkable how full they have all got – over 300mm of muck is coming out of most of them! All this work will leave some ugly scars and heaps of smelly, black mud behind but these will soon heal over once the autumn rains come and the marsh will be in much better health as a result. Having a periodic clean-out like this is a great way to rejuvenate the marsh. Populations of mini-beasts always soar after such an event so expect to see some exciting wildlife over the coming months. Over on Rimmer’s Marsh the dry period is allowing us to mow some of the taller vegetation on the marsh. Again we only have a short window of opportunity for this work. Although the cows can deal with most of the tougher vegetation on the marsh, we have seen an increase in the amount of real thugs like the saltmarsh rush over the last10 years. In recent years the marsh has also been invaded by hundreds of baby willow trees. The cattle will continue to graze the marsh following the mowing until the site fills up again with the autumn rains and thousands of wildfowl.

Blog Post: Lapwing video

 Great video of a juvenile lapwing filmed by visitor Ron Jackson from Nel’s hide. Lapwings have enjoyed the increased protection offered this year on the reserve, in the form of two areas of temporary electric anti fox fencing. The number of juvenile lapwings visible on the reserve have been very positive so far this year. Good views are best from Marshside Road looking into either Suttons marsh or Rimmers marsh, both hides on the reserve and Sutton’s trail near to Polly’s pool. (Please visit the site to view this video)

Blog Post: Road closures affecting Marshside Reserve

On Sunday 15 June, Marine Drive will be closed from 7am to 11am from the Plough roundabout, Crossens to Weld Road, Southport due to the Southport Triathlon event. Marshside Road and Hesketh Drive will remain open, with normal parking restrictions applying on these roads. So please refrain from parking on Marshside Road. The reserve will be open as usual for pedestrians only though. There will be NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE CAR PARK or Marine Drive until after 11am. Why not use this road closure as an opportunity to explore the reserve on foot, free from the usual constant noise of traffic. Please take care if visiting during this event as the cyclists using Marine Drive may be travelling in excess of 30mph.

Blog Post: Road closures affecting Marshside Reserve

On Sunday 15 June, Marine Drive will be closed from 7am to 11am from the Plough roundabout, Crossens to Weld Road, Southport due to the Southport Triathlon event. Marshside Road and Hesketh Drive will remain open, with normal parking restrictions applying on these roads. So please refrain from parking on Marshside Road. The reserve will be open as usual for pedestrians only though. There will be NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE CAR PARK or Marine Drive until after 11am. Why not use this road closure as an opportunity to explore the reserve on foot, free from the usual constant noise of traffic. Please take care if visiting during this event as the cyclists using Marine Drive may be travelling in excess of 30mph.

Blog Post: Get ready for the big wildlife count at Marshside

Join us at the Visitor centre (Sandgrounders hide) at Marshside reserve on Sunday 19 January or find us at the Atkinson in Southport on Saturday 18 January, 11am to 3pm both days, in preparation for big garden bird watch. Bring the family along to make pine cone bird feeders and brush up on your identification skills for the  Big Garden Bird Watch on the 25-26 January.