Kirkstall Forge and Leeds Liverpool canal 22nd March 2022

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 22nd Mar 2022, 8:13pm

Our party of 9 met outside the No1 building at Kirkstall Forge having travelled by train and bus (one exception). We initially considered the development of the site from it's early beginnings as an iron forge to an industrial site manufacturing axles for vehicles. We took a walk along the bridge overlooking the River Aire where we could view the extensive site where the proposed development of residential housing, shopping and leisure facilities and school were to be built (some considerable delay because of Covid)- a model village for the C21st century. Looking over the bridge a Grey wagtail and Kingfisher were spotted.

On returning to the station we were joined by Steve who had experienced a delay to his train. The group then enjoyed a leisurely walk along the tow path of the Leeds Liverpool canal passing Newlay and Kirkstall Little locks and enjoying views of Kirkstall Abbey and Bramhall Falls woods. This was all in lovely spring sunshine.

It was a relatively productive day for wildlife sightings. Bird species seen included Goosander, Kingfisher,(2nd sighting), Long tailed tits, a Wren, a Woodpecker was heard and a Heron flew overhead. Alice was looking for signs of spring flora along the sides of the tow path and canal. Species in flower were Wych elm, Goat willow, Celandine, Coltsfoot,  Daisy, Common mouse ear, Dogs mercury, Hairy bittercress, and Common field speedwell. Blackthorn was in flower. Other signs of spring were an emerging Brimstone butterfly, a Ladybird and Bumble bee. 

Marilyn and myself called in at the Butler's cafe for a refreshing cup of tea having said "goodbye" to the main party who returned to Shipley/Bradford by train. A successful day out conducted in superb spring weather.   


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