Water levels in the sand-
Continuing the historical theme from last month, Dr Reg Yorke of Formby Civic Society drew my attention to 1915 plans for a light railway from Hightown to Woodvale, looping around Formby Point. The line, proposed by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company and supported by Formby Urban District Council, would have had stations at Albert/Alexandra Road and Victoria Road, together with several bridges and level-
A New Year but the same old weather with eleven rainy days and a prolonged cold snap giving about 7cm (3 inches) of snow in Formby on 18th. Despite the chill, Patricia Lockwood found Ivy-
A surprising visitor to Marshside on 1st was a Spoonbill feeding actively in a channel, rather than the stationary white blob one usually associates with sightings of this bird. Around 4000 Black-
A trip round the local mosslands on 10th produced a Brambling with a mixed flock of about 200 Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Linnets and Reed Buntings on Plex Moss. Also close to the road were 15 Stock Doves and the same number of Red-
One of the advantages of feeding garden birds is that unexpected creatures may turn up. Thus, the normally nocturnal Wood Mouse was a delightful visitor to grain just outside my lounge window.
Later, I visited Hightown dunes with Sand Lizard expert Dave Hardaker to identify clumps of Sea Buckthorn for removal by Sefton’s Coast & Countryside Service. This was needed to restore two formerly botanically-