Walking with Wildlife
The ramblings of a man with a camera.
I'm retired and live in a Supported Housing complex on the edge of Sandbach, Cheshire.
I'm passionate about walking, wildlife & nature and amateur photography. I enjoy taking photo's of the wildlife that I see and I am trying to get a photographic record of all the different species that I see; both in my local area and on my travels.
I support the RSPB, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and the Wildlife Trusts and also take an interest in fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.
I'm lucky enough to live near woodland and open countryside. From my Lightley Court flat there is easy access to the Wheelock Rail Trail and the Trent & Mersey Canal. The canal can be reached from various points along the Rail Trail or can be joined at Wheelock Wharf off Crewe Road. Only a ten minute walk whichever direction I take.
Locally I regularly walk the towpath between Home and Hassall Green or Home and Ettiley Heath. I often walk to Sandbach Flashes; namely Elton Hall Flash, Pump House Flash and Fields Farm Flash. A fifteen minute bus ride gets me to the Shropshire Union Canal Branch Line at Middlewich and then a nice towpath walk where there is always something to see. I saw my first pair of Kingfishers together near Stanthorne Lock. They were perched in a tree and fishing in the canal. They were still there, when I went back, the next day.
I quite often visit Chester and Westport Lake with both locations being only a 20 minute train ride from Crewe Station. Further afield, but within reach of a day trip, RSPB's Leighton Moss and Conwy reserves and WWT Martin Mere reserve make for a good day out; especially during the longer days of Summer.
I'm a Youth Hostel Association member and regular visitor to the Lake District and Hostels at Borth and Conwy in Wales. Northumberland is fast becoming a favourite following visits to Berwick and Alnwick.
Alston, Ambleside *, Arnside, (now closed), Borrowdale, Buttermere, Hawkshead, Keswick *, Langdale, Patterdale *
Alnwick, Berwick upon Tweed
Borth * Conwy *
* = 3 or more visits.
My Social Media
I keep up-to-date with my various interests via twitter pages and facebook groups. Most of my facebook friends are real friends or family; or friends of family and friends. Please do not be offended if I refuse a friend request.
I also upload photos to facebook, via my smart phone, to let friends and family know where I am when I'm out and about. Not so often in the Lake District though, where a signal can be a bit of a rarity in places.
Hobby Site I manage
In order to keep my mind active I run a site for the Wistaston Conservation Group. This is a group I joined when I lived in Wistaston and I like to keep in touch and promote their work.
Travel & Transport
(Mainly for my own use so I can always find the links).