Denton res.

Fine, sunny, mild.

The res is now at it’s lowest level for forty years while the repair to the walls is underway. P1090916P1090925Wildfowl doesn’t seem too bothered about all the commotion. A single red-crested pochard is still there, along with around eighty wigeon and fifty coot. Gt crested grebes and little grebes were catching tiddlers easily in the shallow water.

I disturbed a couple of kingfishers from the feeder stream, which flew away noisily. P1090923A chiffchaff was in the hedgerow, along with a treecreeper, several bullfinches, a jay and redwings. Still no sign of any fieldfares though.

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It seems the locals are up in arms about a proposal for a major quarry/landfill scheme near Denton. The project would involve a gigantic quarry being mined for limestone/ironstone, with the resultant impact of hundreds of lorries coming and going. The site is off gorse lane and borders the Viking way, an SSSI. (There was a great grey shrike there last winter).

There are other quarries in the area, but this site would be different. No happy ending here (like the site being turned into a nature reserve afterwards), Oh no, after the materials have been extracted, the void is to be back-filled with ‘inert’ building waste. TIME SCALE, 30 YEARS!

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