great crested grebe

The Sand Quarry

next day nature diary previous day back Wild West Yorkshire Nature Diary,
Monday 25th October 1999

Nature Diary     Rocks     History     Gallery     Links     Home Page    
mute swans THREE MUTE SWANS head for touchdown on the lagoon, coming in close over the treetops, their wing feathers wheezing away, as if with the effort of slowing down.

'zwwick! . . .zwwick! . . . zwwick!'

great crested grebe, winter plumage The Great Crested Grebe and Tufted Ducks (18 of them) are in dull winter plumage. There are also Coots and Mallards on the water. Two small Tealteal fly over.

In willows at the water's edge there are tits and a few Reed Buntings.

brown hawker, Aeshna grandis tufted ducks It is another warm day for late October; we see three dragonflies on the wing, including a Brown Hawker, Aeshna grandis, the large one with amber wings.

The lagoon, which lies between the railway and the River Calder is now bisected by the M1 motorway, west of Wakefield. It is a flooded sand quarry, landscaped in the the 1960s when the motorway was built. To the west of the motorway what I remember as a large rubbish dump is now a huge acreage of mown grass fringed by blocks of trees, which I can still picture as saplings.

coots There are major new developments at a nearby factory. Someone has painted out the lettering on a low wall at the roadside which marked 'FLOOD LEVEL 1947'. No need to worry visiting investors about the kind of freak flood that is, after all, only likely to happen every fifty years or so.

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

E-mail; ''

Next day      Previous day   Nature Diary   Wild West Yorkshire home page