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Around 1pm today:
2 Buzzards circling lowish, over the fields below
Walker Fold Rd.... also a Wheatear flying near the
Summit of Sheephouse Lane(lancs).
Seen while cycling.




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Early afternoon today:

28 Wheatear
4 Whinchat
2 Spotted Flycatcher

Info thanks to Andy Pinches, Dan Brown and Andy Makin

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Further sightings from today:

Dipper flew high over the moors and Georges Lane by the kennels
11 Wheatear
8 Whinchat

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Phil Rhodes

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Fantastic views of a buzzard this morning, circling quite low down and calling for a good 20 minutes. Just at the junction of Scout Rd and Coal Pit Rd. Apart from that, just the usual suspects.

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Quick few hours round burnt edge

A few Wheatears knocking about. 4 Whinchats below burnt edge. 1 stunning Hobby flew through. smile

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Hmm, yes, an unfortunate turn of phrase there Jamie. And yes, again Tim. I guess new meanings have hijacked old sayings!

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Craig Higson wrote:

Managed to position myself out of the way of the Red Kite this morning :-/ but still....


Burnt edge 2 x stints 06.30 - 08.00 and 10.20 - 12.00


Not a huge amount moving through. Large number of Meadow Pipits including 104 perched on the wires at Slack Hall Farm at one point but generally they were just blogging about. 2 Buzzards, 4 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch and a flock of approx 73 Goldfinches


George's Lane 08.20 - 10.00


Nothing at all unusual or noteworthy really. Another tidy flock of 30+ Goldfinches, 5+ Goldcrests in Wilderswood, 1 Chiffchaff. Again plenty Meadow Pipits but difficult to separate out any birds passing through from those blogging around.





I was very excited by your Stints for a few seconds Craig..

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Migration Watch, with Andy Makin up to 14:00,

1 juvenile RED KITE, drifted slowly south at 10:15, then lost to view, then later seen eating a dead pheasant in Lancs between 11.30 - 13:30 before drifting off east.
2 Tree Pipits south together,
397 Meadow Pipit SW
545 Swallow South
239 House Martin
11 Sand Martin south
Present were 9 Wheatear, 6 Buzzards, several Red Admirals and 1 Wall Brown.

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Craig Higson wrote:

Managed to position myself out of the way of the Red Kite this morning :-/ but still....


Burnt edge 2 x stints 06.30 - 08.00 and 10.20 - 12.00


Not a huge amount moving through. Large number of Meadow Pipits including 104 perched on the wires at Slack Hall Farm at one point but generally they were just blogging about. 2 Buzzards, 4 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch and a flock of approx 73 Goldfinches


George's Lane 08.20 - 10.00


Nothing at all unusual or noteworthy really. Another tidy flock of 30+ Goldfinches, 5+ Goldcrests in Wilderswood, 1 Chiffchaff. Again plenty Meadow Pipits but difficult to separate out any birds passing through from those blogging around.





Where on the internet can one find all these blogging birds Craig?

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Managed to position myself out of the way of the Red Kite this morning :-/ but still....

Burnt edge 2 x stints 06.30 - 08.00 and 10.20 - 12.00

Not a huge amount moving through. Large number of Meadow Pipits including 104 perched on the wires at Slack Hall Farm at one point but generally they were just blogging about. 2 Buzzards, 4 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch and a flock of approx 73 Goldfinches

George's Lane 08.20 - 10.00

Nothing at all unusual or noteworthy really. Another tidy flock of 30+ Goldfinches, 5+ Goldcrests in Wilderswood, 1 Chiffchaff. Again plenty Meadow Pipits but difficult to separate out any birds passing through from those blogging around.

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Birds of note this morning:

1 Merlin SE at Georges Lane
1 Golden plover NE
1 Snipe SE
9 Grey Wagtail S

Heading south from Scout Road watch point:

223 Swallow
220 House Martin
198 Meadow Pipit
78 Chaffinch

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Thursday 11th September 9.15 to 2.00 pm

A walk starting at the car park at the far end of Georges Lane - Rivington Pike - Across the moors to the mast area - around the mast compounds - round the back of the mast down to Coal Pit Lane - Holdens - Mast Road - Georges Lane back to the car. Inevitably some sightings relating to birds out of the Gtr Manchester area into Lancashire.

Kestrel, min 6 birds
C Buzzard, 2
Sparrowhawk, 1
Whinchat, 2 from Georges Lane but opp the Pike so into Lancs.
Raven, 2 (same area as Whinchat)
Wheatear 5, 1 in the vicinity of the mast and 4 in the horse field bottom of Mast Road
Meadow Pipit, estimated min of 300 birds throughout the walk
Swallows several parties of 30 - 40 birds so estimated min of 200 birds
Reed Bunting, 2, Holdens
Goldcrest, 1 Georges Lane in Lancashire
Blue Tit, min 10 in one party (as above)
Skylark, less than 20 over the moor tops
Low numbers (less than 5) of Great Tit, Goldfinch, Robins, Wren, Long Tail Tit, Linnet, Black Headed Gull, Magpie etc.

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Myself and Steve Christmas heard what we thought was a Greenshank shortly after this towards Coal pit lane.

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A Greenshank was calling and circling above Winter Hill before flying south this morning. Also 7 Wheatear and 1 Siskin south.

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Other sightings for today:

121 Meadow Pipits south
245 House Martin
355 Swallow
10 Sand Martin
7 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin and Simon Warford

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today no repeat of yesterdays bonanza of Wheatears along the mast road.
1-12 pm till 3-05pm
4 Wheatears
many meadow Pipits i saw at least 50
1 Kestrel

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a nice afternoon on the moors up by the mast, followed by a slow decent of the road viewing both sides, i noted
35 Wheatears,
16 Meadow Pipits,
other birds were 2 Skylarks,
3 Kestrels
27 Swallows,
2 Whinchat and
1 Stonechat,
1 Curlew

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Sightings for today:

Goshawk flew directly SW over Dean Ditch at 7:14 am
6 Grey Wagtails south
8 Whinchat in total over the area
4 Redstart: 1 big hedge, 2 male and a female past the kennels at Georges Lane
19 + Buzzard
44 Wheatear
1 Tree Pipit south over Edge Lane
1 Willow Tit at Matchmoor Lane and a Golden Plover over

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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09.30-13.30
Burnt Edge

7 Goldfinches on thistles, 2 Wheatears, 1 Kestrel.

Path from Burnt Edge to Walkerfold, the area below the wires, 2 Linnets, 3 Stonechats and 1 Whinchat.

Walkerfold seemed birdless, with just a few butterflies around.

Holdens Farm

1 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs in a Blue/Great Tit flock.

2 Wheatears on the stonewall. 8+ Swallows still around the farm.

Georges Lane

1 Goldcrest & 1 Song Thrush amongst the conifers just North of the kennels.

Over the border, amongst the rocks, by the steps that lead down from the kissing gate, 3 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat.

Small flocks of Meadow Pipits abundant throughout, Raven heard near Holdens Farm but not seen.



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Georges Lane, Lancashire section:

1 Kestrel, 2 Magpie, several Carrion Crow, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Lesser Redpoll, several Meadow Pipit, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, juvenile Common Whitethroat, juvenile Wheatear, heard Red Grouse.

Georges Lane, Manchester section: Magpie, Carrion Crow, 8 Goldfinch, Robin, several Meadow Pipit.

Winter Hill, on the walk up Mast Road I noted plenty Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark and a single Wheatear on a wall. At the top on the wall that lies next to the boundary between Lancashire & Manchester, there were at least 12 Wheatear and several Meadow Pipit. At the top of Mast Road, whilst talking to Andy Makin (Manchester Birding) he pointed out to me that there were three Red Grouse sat on the same wall but about 100yds to the south. Around the masts (on the LCC side) there were several more Meadow Pipits, a single Swallow, 3 Kestrel and 2 Carrion Crows. On the walk back down Mast Road I noted most of the Wheatear from the wall had dispersed, but there were at least 8 more by the empty compound on the hill with 6 Meadow Pipit and 1 Reed Bunting (all on Manchester side). Further down on the walls to the east of the road where there had been 1 Wheatear on the way up there were at least 50 Wheatear and a dozen or so Meadow Pipit. Farther down still was a single Kestrel being mobbed by at least a dozen Meadow Pipit. 1 Brown Hawker Dragonfly also seen.

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1 Redstart in the sallows just past, and on the opposite side from Wilderswood car park
2 Tree Pipits over going south
1 Wheatear mast rd
4 Red Grouse mast Road
6+ Goldcrests in the pines at the end of Wilderswood
3 Chiffchaffs
2 Sparrowhawks
4 Ravens

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Today's sightings, pretty much all day:

1 Spotted Flycatcher at Marklands Road.
8 Chiffchaff
3 Hobby through
1 Osprey at 4:50pm about 500ft SSE at the start of Georges Lane
1 Redstart past the kennels on Georges Lane and also 2 juvenile Green Woodpeckers
10 Wheatear

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Sightings from today:

1 Spotted Flycatcher in the cable compounds on Winter Hill along with 7 chiffchaff (day totals were 18) and 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Whinchat, while 3 Sparrowhawks hunted around compounds. A further 2 Spotted Flycatchers were along Georges Lane past the kennels, and a further 2 single Whinchat also there and another 3 at Burnt Edge.

33 Wheatear
1 Tree pipit Burnt Edge
1 Sedge Warbler briefly on the tops, which is a very rare bird here (first for 11 years).
2 Redstart with one in the plantation below Burnt Edge and one along Georges Lane

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Pm walk from walkerfold past Holdens farm and back,
Great tit,blue tit,robin, blackbird,chaffinch,5 linnet, 2 whinchat,7 swallow,masses of meadow pipit, at least 2 kestrel possibly 4, 2 pheasant, 2 raven over, magpie,carrion crow,wood pigeon, 1 jay.

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This morning up to 11.45am, with Alan Warford & Andy Makin:

Merlin flew south and chased a few Meadow Pipits along the way.
4 Whinchats Burnt Edge
1 Grasshopper Warbler
17 Wheatear
90 House Martin flew south in 3 groups.

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Yesterday's sightings:

Only 17 Wheatear and 4 Whinchat
Adult Yellow Wagtail at Higher Meadows
3 Tree Pipits briefly in Wilderswood clearing

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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3 Whinchat at Holdens Farm this morning.

Info thanks to Brian Fogg

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10.30-12.30 today
Wilderswood :-
3 Spotted Flycatcher
Great spotted Woodpecker
Jay
Blue Tit, Great Tit and Long Tailed Tit

From Mast Road:-
Wheatear 3
Meadow Pipit too numerous to count

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Today's main highlights for the (huge!) entire moors area for the whole day, with combined sightings mainly from Andy Makin but also a few extras from myself:

23 Whinchat
1 Cuckoo along Deans Ditch
4 Redstart
4 Tree Pipit
2 Hobby
89 Wheatear
19 Spotted Flycatcher
2 Yellow Wagtail
1 Ringed Plover over south



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2 hour walk on Georges Lane including Wilderswood and into Lancs...1030-1230 (Met with Andy Makin)

Spotted Flycatchers
3 Wilderswood and 3 Big Hedge

Whinchat 2
Wheatear 8+
Black Redstart just in Lancs
Redpoll
Whitethroat
Redstart
Few Swallows moving south
Swift 1



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5 whinchats below burnt edge

1 spotted flycatcher at holdens farm

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News for yesterday, 1st September:

9 Tree Pipit over south
1 Greenshank and 1 Oystetcatcher over south
1 curlew over west
106 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 6 Sand Martin over south
Male Black Redstart moved rapidly down Mast road wall by the edge of Smithills Moor mid afternoon
1 Whinchat
1 Spotted Flycatcher at Brownstones
1 Yellow Wagtail at Higher Meadow
5 Wheatear
5 Chiffchaff
23 Meadow Pipit over north

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Today 4:20 to 6:40pm:

22 Wheatear
2 Spotted Flycatcher
Lesser Whitethroat
5 Willow Warbler
Chiffchaffs

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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This afternoon in blustery weather:

10 Wheatear
3 Spotted Flycatcher at Brownstones

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Spotted Flycatcher in Newfields Plantation at 12:30 today.

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Sightings from the morning:

7 Whinchat: 1 along Georges Lane past the kennels; 3 in the pony field at Mast Road; and 3 at Burnt Edge.
1 Redstart Georges Lane and 1 at Adams Hill Plantation.
2 Tree pipit heading south over Wilderswood and 1 south over Burnt Edge.
45 Wheatear.
3 Yellow Wagtails.
3 Willow Warbler.
7 Buzzard.

Into thanks to Andy Makin and Dan Brown

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From 0700 until midday Started misty, sun came out about 8 and rain started at midday.

Georges Lane:- The mast was obscured by mist and birds were just leaving their roosts.
7 wheatear, 2 kestrel, 1jay, 1 juv redstart, 1 willow warbler heard only

Wilderswood:- 2 great tit

Matchmoor Lane to Holdens Farm:- 7 Starling, 2 blue tit 2 Wren, 3 Kestrel

Holdens Farm:- 2 whitethroat, 1 robin, 2 great tit, 1 greenfinch about 15 linnet, about 20 goldfinch, 2 spotted flycatcher, 2 possible tree pipit (positive id from photos needed), about 12 swallows.

Holdens Farm to Burnt Edge:- Pheasant, Robin 2 Kestrel

Burnt Edge, past Quarry to Matchmoor Lane:- 5 kestrel playing tag in the wind over the cliff face, joined later by a buzzard, willow warbler heard in conifers.

Mast Road 3 wheatear, 10+ meadow pipits

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Other sightings from this morning:

25 Wheatear
8 Whinchat (4 Burnt Edge, 3 Coal Pit Lane, 1 pony fields at Mast Road)
3 Spotted Flycatcher (1 Brownstones, 2 Wilderswood

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Three Whinchat and a Redstart currently at Holden's Farm

Info thanks to Brian Fogg

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Additional sightings from today:

10 Wheatear along Mast Road
Whinchat in the pony fields at the bottom of Mast Road

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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3.30 - 5.00pm Georges Lane - 2 Redstart - 1 Green Woodpecker Brownstones - 4 Spotted Flycatcher - 4 Willow Warbler

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A brief spell this morning produced:

1 Whinchat and 14 Wheatear in the pony fields at the bottom of Mast Road

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Seems like it was a popular place to be today! Good to meet you too Simon, and nice to catch up with Andy who I've not seen for a long time. I spoke to a couple of other birders who may be on here. Sorry didnt ask names. Anyway, in addition to all the above:

Walker Fold / Holdens Farm area - Great spotted woodpecker 1, Wheatear 1, Redstart 2 female/juvenile types, one in the hedge on the left just past Holdens Farm heading to Holdens Plantation one on the opposite side of the field, Stonechat 3, Willow Warbler 6, Sparrowhawk 2, Jay 4, Mistle Thrush 2, Buzzard 2. There was a sizeable tit flock (coal, blue, great, long tailed) at the end of Walker Fold Woods which had a couple of Phylloscs in but they were very mobile and impossible to nail down.

Coal Pit Road - Great spotted Woodpecker 1, Linnet 12, Grey Wagtail 1 and a possible flyover Tree Pipit - called once and was only half heard.

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This morning from 7am with Andy Makin, me till 12.30, Andy till late afternoon;

Black Redstart still present below Georges Lane, just in Lancs past the Kennels.
15 Whinchat (4 Fleet Moor, 3 Burnt Edge, 1 Deans Ditch, 3 Georges Lane & 4 along Mast Road)
6 Stonechat
Grasshopper Warbler showing well along the lower path in Burnt Edge, chasing a Whinchat at one point.
5 Tree Pipit (3 seen and heard flying south and two heard only near Hampsons Farm).
5 Spotted Flycatchers (1 Newfields, 1 Brownstones, 3 Wilderswood/Georges area).
35 Swift
128 Wheatear
4 Redstart at the Big Hedge, Georges Lane (Ken & Jill).

Nice to meet Craig Higson for the first time, who also saw some stuff we didn't.

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Nice to meet Andy Makin and from Andy's info managed to see a black redstart near the ruins on Georges lane, from the same area a green woodpecker was feeding in the field,several wheatear, willow warbler,goldfinch and meadow pipit, 2 spotted flycatcher 1 near wilderswood car park 1 just beyond kennels,
Mast road 1 raven, 6 pied wagtail, meadow pipit, wheatear,3 kestrel in different areas.
Thanks for the info Andy much appreciated.

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In addition to Andrew's sightings, there were two singing Chiffchaff in The Dell, plus several more 'Willowchiffs', a Wheatear in field below the Kennels, a flock of c50 Goldfinch in the same field, and another different flock in Big Hedge.

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A few hours this morning in lovely weather:

2 Spotted Flycatcher - One at the start of George's Lane and one at Big Hedge, in the same tree as...
2-3 Redstart - flycatching from one of the bigger trees near Big Hedge. One male and 1-2 female/juvenile type
1 Treecreeper - Wilderswood
1 Nuthatch - Wilderswood
1 Wheatear - Off Mast Road
6 Buzzard, all circling in the air at once. Great to watch and to observe the differences in plumage
5 or more Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Blackcap - Wilderswood
2 Raven

Plus loads of Swallow, Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit. One possible Tree Pipit on the wires at Higher Meadows, but it didn't stay still long enough or call, frustratingly!

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Today's totals:

13 Spotted Flycatcher- 5 Brownstones, 2 Wilderswood, 6 Sheep Cote Gully.
4 Redstart with singles at Sheep Cote Gully, the big hedge, Georges Lane past the kennels and Gilligants Farm.
4 Whinchat with on 2 Fleet Moor and singles at Burnt Edge and Coal Pit Lane by Holdens Wood.
1 Tree pipit over Holdens Wood
103 Wheatear
9 Chiffchaff
10 Willow Warbler

Info thanks to Andy Makin

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Approx 12.30 - 5pm

Started at Wilderswood, I walked through the wood towards the stone wall with the gap, and within minutes I managed...
1 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Coal Tit
1 Willow Tit (within feet of the Coal Tit)
Long Tailed Tit family of 10+ moving through
Great Tit and Blue Tit
...then it sounded like branches coming down on top of me, an almighty crash as 2 Woodpigeon and a Sparrowhawk came falling from the canopy to the forest floor infront of me. One Woodpigeon flew off, and the Sparrowhawk looked startled to see me stood there. It flew off leaving the Woodpigeon on the floor. It was gasping for breath but within a minute or so it was dead, and when I examined it, it had a puncture wound near the breast and a slice wound on its rump. Chances are the Sparrowhawk would've gone back for it.

A walk up to the mast produced good numbers of certain species, they seemed to be everywhere including...

Wheatear approx 50-60
Meadow Pipit approx 40-50
Goldfinch approx 40-50
Linnet approx 30-40
Pied Wagtail (mainly juv) approx 15-20
5 Kestrel (could be repeats)
1 Raven circling the mast
Numerous Swallow all the way up to the mast and surprisingly some House Martin too.
No sign of the Black Redstart for me.

Nice to bump into Andy Makin again, on Matchmoor Road. As we were talking a Stoat ran across the road and then back again, and yet more Wheatear in the area.

And also nice to see Steve Burke again, multitasking on Georges Lane.
Sporting a new car and watching a Spotted Flycatcher at the edge of the paddock.

Oh yeah and an Alpaca in a garden, unringed but probably not of wild origin.

Cheers
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-- Edited by Rob Creek on Saturday 23rd of August 2014 07:42:42 PM

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Thanks Ian.

Horwich Moor is a new area for me, I have only visited it 3 times.

The guide puts it all into perspective for me and opens up new bits to explore.

For some reason I seem to have skipped the moors guide when I first went through the website.

Cheers

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