Shipley Glen


Shipley Glen sits between Baildon Moor and Saltaire which is the place of Salt's Mill.

The Glen is a popular place for walks.
 People come here at weekends and have 
 done for years.When workers from the  
 mills around Bradford only had a day  
 or two holiday they came by tram to   
 Saltaire to walk up the Glen.From     
 Saltaire Road a bridge crosses Loadpit
 Beck then a track leads into some     
 dis-used stone quarries.The beck runs 
 through a steep valley covered with   
 trees like oak,silver birch,and beech 
 on the banks.Then it reaches a small  
 reservoir ,shaped like a triangle.This
 measured 16m50 cm along the bottom and
 22m 50cm on one side.It was once used 
 for supplying the dye house at Salts  
 Mill.Huge,flat-topped rocks are all   
 along one bank of the beck.These are  
 called Brackenhall Crags.They are near
 to Glen Road and the moors.This Glen  
 was made in the Ice Age long ago by   
 ice carving into the rock.   (link)    

Some of you might know about the Shipley Glen Tram and the old Fair Ground at the top of the hill. But to day is about some of the wildlife I found along the Glen.

(link)


I have spent many a hour up on Baildon moor but have never walked along the beck.
The first thing noted today was the good number of 
Willow Warbler's  singing.



 Hard-fern - Blechnum spicant




Dipper
               Yellow Archangel                                                                  Wood Sorrel
                                                                 Opposite-leaved Golden-Saxifrage


Jay
Robin 
Fungi
There are good bird records for Baildon Moor (Glovershaw lane) and the glen, the main reason for to days visit was to look for the Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, having not seen one before I have now learned they are very small ( thanks David and Caroline), the size of a Sparrow!!

We did spot a Female Great Spotted Woodpecker.



        Common Bistort (Persicaria bistorta)


Grey Partridge 
Because the moor meets the wood there is a good range of wildlife to be seen.



Visit on the 9th April

Red Grouse


Comments

  1. Hello, what a beautiful place for a walk. The bird sightings are awesome, beautiful captures and scenery. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen glad you liked the place and photos...
      Amanda xx

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  2. I'm trying to learn bird song, willow warbler is a key one! Lovely shot of jay, a hard bird to get close to I think.

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    1. Thanks Simon, good luck learning all the different types of bird song, have done well getting close to Jays this week.
      Amanda xx

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  3. A beautiful and very atmospheric place!

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    1. Thanks Amy, it is a special place, you can feel the history as you walk round.
      Amanda xx

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  4. What a great place to explore! I'm sure I've walked on Baildon Moor but I might just have noted it on the map on another walk and recognise the place name thinking I've walked there.

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    1. Thanks Louise, you will have passed it if you have been up on the moor, I can't believe I have never walked along the stream before, at one end there is a old quarry, boys used to bring there bikes up here to ride the jumps many time over the summer. I do remember there were a lot of Dragonflies.
      Amanda xx

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  5. I have enjoyed the views of this countryside and the wildlife you've seen there. It does look a wonderful place to walk with the beck and the moors. A lovely selection of wildflowers and birds with some great photos. I love the woodpecker and the robin looking directly at the camera! The history is interesting as well. I can imagine the mill workers coming out to the peace and beauty of this area for their day off.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, the more I look at the area the more history I find connected to the moor and the Glen, being close to Salts Mill it quite well documented, will have a ride on the Tram over the summer and tell you more about it's history.
      I love been out up in the hills away from the cars, it reminds me of home.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Your post brought back happy memories of tram rides at Shipley Glen when our boys were little.

    Great photos from your walk. We used to sometimes see Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers in Adel Woods, near to where we lived years ago. I have never seen them since. There were also dippers in Adel Beck. I hope they are still there......

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    1. Thanks DW, glad you liked the trip back it is a lovely place to visit. Will have a look at Adel, would love to see a Lesser spotted Woodpecker this year.
      Amanda xx

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  7. Amanda
    That looks a fabulous place to visit.
    Love all your photo's and mosaics.
    My eye was so drawn to the Robin!

    Hope your week is gong well

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, will be interesting to see it change over the summer months.
      Amanda xx

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  8. What a wonderful place to visit with so much to see. You spotted some wonderful plants and birds. Love the grouse and the partridge:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, I love to see the moor land birds.
      Amanda xx

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  9. Stunning! The waterfalls are gorgeous ... and all the wildlife.

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    1. Thanks PP, glad you like the place will be visiting again throughout the year.
      Amanda xx

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  10. Looks like a wonderful location with plenty to see and record. Upland woodlands fringed by moorlands are one of my favourite places to see wildlife and you have certainly managed to see and photograph a good variety here. I like the shot of the flying Dipper and the pic of the Grey Partridge is excellent :-)

    Hope you have a great weekend and my kindest regards :-)

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    1. Thanks David, for the kind comments. This has to be one of my favourite places to visit, any moorland in the area is lovely, I like the wide open skies, but if I could live near water/sea I would take that first.
      Amanda xx

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  11. What a lovely place to walk. I keep meaning to have a trip to Saltaire so will have to remember this walk too. X

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    1. Thanks Julie, you need to look when they have the food festival at the end of the summer, Salt's Mill and area is a wonderful place to visit.
      Amanda xx

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  12. Lovely images Amanda. The Grey Partridge in particular, what a sight to see.

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    1. Thanks Roy, Grey Partridge is a bird not often seen, had a look and they have good numbers up here.
      Amanda xx

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  13. Sorry for the late comment Amanda - for some reason your latest post didn't seem to update on my Blogger timeline :(

    A really lovely and interesting post - looks a wonderful place to walk - so many beautiful and atmospheric photos and I loved the wild flowers and the Grey Partridge.

    I do hope you get to see a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - they are very elusive and uncommon these days. I've only ever seen 3 in my entire life and each sighting is engraved in my memory! Keep looking though and you will get lucky one day.

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    1. Thanks Caroline, thought it was a bit odd you had not commented. Have done another post to day, see if it up-dates ?

      Shipley Glen has a strange feel to it, it's stuck in time some how, just the same now as it was for all those people visiting it years ago. I feel there is more to discover here throughout the year, it's all down to finding the time to visit.
      I just have to be there at the right time to see the Lesser WP I think.
      Amanda xx

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    2. Thanks Amanda - latest post has updated - will comment in a minute. It's strange but it does sometimes happen unless of course I missed it but if I haven't much time on blogger I always check for my favourite bloggers first.

      Would agree about the right time but you have a head start if you know they are in the area.

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  14. What a great place to visit. Love the bird photos and the flying Dipper is brilliant! xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, think you would like it here, thanks for the kind comments...
      Amanda xx

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