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Old 05-03-16, 05:27 PM
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Tony, this Lancashire Wildlife Trust Reserve is down your way I believe - have you visited? If so can you recommend it? Apparently SEOs and Barn Owls regular at the end of February.

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Yes, I know Lunt Meadows well. There is a fairly reliable Hen Harrier roost as well. But whilst the birding is quite good, the dog walking is excellent. Its a weird place, used to be great and quite unmanaged - wild if you like, then the Trust decided to manage the place "better". The result is better footpaths, better car parking, better signposting etc etc etc, so now the local population take their dogs, kids and cars, picnics and what have you, so the trust has had to manage the environment with a wider variety of punter in mind. So - there are more fences, mown areas and so on, and more of what people and their dogs leave behind, which perversely makes the place less attractive as a nature reserve. Its well known to local photographers after SEO etc images, most of them interested in the photo rather than the birds.

Are you getting the picture? Lunt meadows is ok, but not what it used to be. Worth a visit? I'd say yes, but as part of a day out rather than as the main objective. See the red squirrels at nearby Formby; spend some time at RSPB Marshside; even visit Martin Mere maybe.

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PS if you decide to go and want some company, send me a PM.
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Cheers Tony, I understand! I enquired because someone mentioned the place to me on Friday evening. I'll probably come down to visit your area this year when circumstances permit. I'll let you know when, I'd be grateful for your company and local knowledge.

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