Come along to a talk on Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool by Mark Preece Countryside Client Officer for Staffordshire Moorlands D.C. on Thursday 25th October at 7pm at Thorley Drive Sports Pavilion, Cheadle. You are all very welcome.
Mark is responsible for the management of the reserves and has a lot of knowledge and experience of the local wildlife.
Come and hear about the wildlife found on the reserves, how it is managed and how you can get involved.
Following the talk and slide show Mark will be pleased to answer any questions that you might have.
Meet Hales Hall Pool car park for bramble tidy up.
Brambles are a valuable habitat for many species, but some of the brambles are encroaching on the paths around the pool and therefore need to be cut back to ensure access is maintained across the site.
Bird and bat box making. Thorley Drive Sports Pavillion Cheadle.
Help make a home for nature at our afternoon event.
All of the boxes made will be put up on the reserves to enhance the nesting and roosting opportunities for our birds and bats.
A number of people have recently said that they have not seen any water voles in the brook.
However there is evidence of water vole burrows and latrines in the section between Ashbourne Road and Oakamoor Road. A recent survey in the summer of 2018 has located 11 latrines in this section with a further 5 in the area behind Ullswater Drive. A number of water voles have been seen by members, particularly in the middle section of the reserve. Unfortunately there has been no evidence of water vole activity south of Ashbourne Road.
As part of the planning application for the old JCB site a survey also recorded the presence of water voles in this area.
Look out for willow tits which have been heard recently along the brook. Also look out for Redwings, Fieldfares, Siskins, Long Tailed Tits, Nuthatches and Kingfishers, as well as the normal garden birds you would expect to see in the winter.
Buzzards have nested near to the reserve and can often be seen soaring overhead.
It will soon be time to look out for this year’s Starling murmurations and winter migrants, especially at Hales Hall Pool.
Cheadle Angling Club spotted juvenile Oystercatchers flying around Hales Hall Pool (April 2018)
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We are looking to enhance the water vole environment by creating ponds and backwaters at various locations along the brook in the near future.
Our newly sown wildflower meadow should be even better this summer after the addition of extra seed sown in 2016 from the Coronation Meadow’s project.
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