Toad Holes Beck gets a spring clean

Following on from our successful spring clean at Raw Nook NR in was the turn of nearby Toad Holes Beck.

So we (The Low Moor/Oakenshaw conservation group ) met at 10.00 on Saturday with the sun shining and for company were 2 newly arrived Chiffchaffs that were doing their best to attract passing females.

Sadly like at Raw Nook NR we had the unpleasant task of picking dog poo bags that had been thrown into nearby trees and shrubs by irresponsible dog owner…..WHY!

A total of 9 bags of rubbish and 2 tyres were collected and placed by the entrance ready for collection.

It’s confession time for me….. as whilst litter picking my ears were on patrol! and as well as the Chiffchaffs a newly arrived male Blackcap was heard calling from a Bramble thicket.

A number of spring butterflies were also on the wing with this lovely Comma (left) and at least 2 Small tortoiseshell butterfly.

Perhaps the highlight for the group though was a low flying Common Buzzard that came in calling and circled just above us before drifting off north.

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