SWILLINGTON INGS BIRD GROUP

SITE INFORMATION

SIBG Recording Area

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Astley Lake Hide

The hide is the focal point for the Group, it is situated at the end of FLEET LANE, approximately one mile from the A642 in OULTON. It overlooks Astley Lake and gives longer distance views across St Aidan’s. Birds most likely to be seen are wildfowl, waders and raptors. Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Red Kite and Hobby have been regular in recent years. Scarce waders such as Avocet, Turnstone, Sanderling, Godwits, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Temminck’s Stint have been recorded here. Other notable birds seen are Little and Great Egret, Spoonbill, Whiskered Tern, Collared Pratincole, Lesser Scaup, and Ring-necked Duck. Bittern breed on St Aidan’s and can regularly be seen from the hide. Car parking is available opposite  Bayford’s Oil Depot, please park tidily at the end of the car park nearest to the hide. Grid Ref. SE 381 284


Lemonroyd Marina/Filter Beds

A mixed area of scrub, plantation, mature trees and meadow with Yorkshire Water filter beds adjacent. The filter beds have been very reliable for Water Pipit over the years but this has been scarce for the last couple of years. Park at Astley hide and walk back on Fleet Lane for 500 yds or park at the Marina Grid Ref. SE 381 279

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Woodlesford Lock/Leventhorpe Flood Meadows

A nice 2 mile round walk between Woodlesford Lock and Fishponds Lock, good for warblers. Park at Woodlesford Lock  SE 367 249 off A642 at Woodlesford, walk West on either side of the canal to Fishponds Lock. Glossy Ibis, Marsh Sandpiper and Spoonbill have been recorded on the flood meadows.

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Skelton Lake

No longer any easy vehicle access to this site. Park at Woodlesford Lock, walk west for 1.2 miles and view lake across the river from the canal bank. Foot access is possible from Pontefract Lane at SE353 310 but parking is difficult. Pontefract Lane is closed to through traffic at the Eastern end by the Biffa waste disposal tip, vehicular access is only available from junction 45 of the M1. Good for waterbirds, gulls and waders. Little, Great-crested, Red-necked, Slavonian, Black-necked and Pied-billed Grebes have all been recorded here.

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Temple Newsam Woods

Access off Bullerthorpe Lane ¾ mile south of Sainbury’s on A63. All woodland species including the three woodpeckers are possible. Park at SE 375 317

St Aidan’s Site

The site officially opened on 25 May 2013 and is managed by the RSPB but still within SIBG recording area. There is  a good network of footpaths (see below) and an RSPB visitor centre with limited facilities. The main access point is from  Astley Lane but there are several gates along the southern (river) side.

Good for waterfowl, waders, raptors and farmland birds – indeed almost anything can turn up here..

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St Aidan’s – Local Site Names  (comments welcome)
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St. Aidan’s Footpaths.
There is a good network of footpaths and bridleway, all vistors are requested to respect these and stay on the designated paths to avoid disturbance to the wildlife. Dogs are permitted on site but owners are requested to keep them under control, particularly near the reedbeds and waterbodies.
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Lowther Lake
A reed fringed fishing lake supporting mostly wildfowl but also good for warblers, particularly Reed Warbler, with Grasshopper Warbler also being regular. Red-throated and Black-throated Divers have also been seen here. Access from the hide by walking c 1.7 miles eastwards miles on the north bank of the river or by parking on Astley Lane at the junction with Wood Lane (Grid Ref.     SE 400 287) and follow bridleway south for c 500yds.

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Other SIBG Site information

Plantation Identities

FLEET Plantation – 400 yds upstream of hide and next to river

LEMONROYD Plantation – Off Fleet Lane between railway and canal bridges on west side of road. Birders are advised to be accompanied here.

SEWAGE Plantation – New, small plant next to Lemonroyd filter beds.

FLEET LANE Plantation – Half way along Fleet Lane north of road between football ground and farm.

FOOTBALL Plantation – Off Fleet Lane between football ground and railway.

ESHALD Plantation – Between Eshald Lane and football ground.


List of Site Location Terms used in SIBG Area. CLICK HERE FOR .pdf FILE

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Site Grid References 

ASTLEY  LAKE  HIDE

SKELTON LAKE

SKELTON LAKE (ACCESS)

SKELTON PONDS

LEVENTHORPE POND

LEVENTHORPE POND VIEW POINT

TEMPLENEWSAM WOODS (Pond)

LEMONROYD MARINA

LEMONROYD FILTER BEDS (View)

FLEET PLANTATION

FLEET LANE PLANTATION

LEMONROYD PLANTATION

SEWAGE PLANTATION

FLEET POND

ESHALD PLANTATION

FOOTBALL PLANTATION

LOWTHER LAKE

St AIDAN,S MAIN LAKE VIEWPOINT

St AIDAN,S CAUSEWAY VIEWPOINT

St AIDAN’S MAIN ENTRANCE   (LS26 8AJ)

CAROLINE BRIDGE

METHLEY BRIDGE

ROTHWELL CP  (Not in recording area)

SE 380 285

SE 349 304

SE 353 312

SE 352 309

SE 369 296

SE 368 295

SE 370 317

SE 380 281

SE 378 280

SE 378 288

SE 373 281

SE 378 283

SE 378 280

SE 380 278

SE 369 286

SE 372 284

SE 403 281

SE 400 284

SE 393 274

SE 399 288

SE 397 277

SE 388 274

SE 353 297

 

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