Hirst Wood Nature Reserve

Painted Lady Butterfly 

9/7/17
Thanks to Twitter I was made aware of a little nature reserve of the canal at Salltaire next to Hirst wood. So on Saturday we drove down to have a look, it turned out very hot. Not dressed for the weather or a ice-cream van in sight I struggled to stay to long.

Its the most beautiful little place made by local people, full of wildlife and flowers. Such a pleasant place to stay. You could spend the whole day here, taking a walk through the wood or along the canal to Salts mill were there would be ice-cream.



Wild flower meadow.

The wild flower meadow was lovely and it was so nice to see a Painted lady butterfly on the Buddlea tree.


Painted Lady Butterfly 

Painted Lady Butterfly 


Little paths lead you down to the pond, with places to sit and watch the world go by...







OH thought he saw a Water Vole , says that every time we are out, not sure if he is having me on or I am so unlucky not to spot one. The reserve is used as a open class room by the local schools and you can see some of their work on the site. Sculptures are dotted round the park which is nice to see.

Blue tit
 
At the far end there is a bird hide and a feeding station for the birds, helpful hints to read on the birds and a lovely board about bees. The far corner has been left to grow wild with wild flowers and grasses a nice mix to the more formal "wild" flowers at the entrance.


It was nice to watch the Jackdaw and the Jay, a Robbin, Blackbird, Blue tit and Wood pigeon were using the feeders. Would be good to pop back in winter to see what birds were about.

Jay


Jackdaw 

Jackdaw 

Wood pigeon 





Harlequin ladybird



Just outside the reserve is the canal , all kept very nicely. You can sit and watch the barges go through the gates.




Children on the banks on the canal at Hirst Wood

Hirst Wood has always been a popular local beauty spot, where in the past local children learnt to swim in the canal. (Canal and river trust) something that would NOT happen today.

Hirst wood nature reserve

Salts Mill 

Comments

  1. A wonderful post Amanda with some super photos especially love the ones of the Painted Lady and the wildflower meadow. Good old Twitter :) What a great discovery and reserve - it looks as though you could spend hours there when it is cooler! So much to see. Love the sculptures and it is always good to wander along a canal.

    I do hope you can return as I would love to see more :)

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    1. Thanks RR, it's such a lovely area what with the mill close by so much history . Yes I will be going back much more to see.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Hello, what a lovely reserve. Beautiful captures of the butterflies, birds and blooms. Happy Tuesday, have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, so nice when you come across places like this close to home..
      Amanda xx

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  3. That's a lovely little reserve, envy the painted lady, I don't see many of those!

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    1. Thanks Simon, this is the second painted lady I have seen this year so I've been lucky, many years since I saw one. Been quite good for butterflies this year.
      Amanda xx

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  4. What a lovely place to go exploring! Beautiful photos, you are a great photographer!!

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    1. Thanks Amy for leaving a comment, always nice to hear from you, and thanks for the lovely comment. Hopefully we will go back soon.
      Amanda xx

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  5. A lovely collection of photos, it looks like a delightful little reserve!

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    1. Thanks Louise, great what a few people can achieve together, benefiting the whole community, used well by local schools too.
      Amanda xx

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  6. It looks like a lovely place to visit, it's on my list, gorgeous photos too! Would it be a long walk on to Salts Mill do you think? x

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    1. Thanks Pam, at the lock it said a 10 minuet walk back to Salts mill, would be a good day out visiting mill, walk along the canal, take a packed lunch to have at the reserve .There is a good car park for Hirst wood and the reserve is just over the road, if you just wanted to visit the reserve. Would recommend a visit....
      Amanda xx

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  7. A lovely lot of images Amanda.
    You were able to find and take some great shots of the Painted Lady. I have not seen one this year.

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    1. Thanks Roy, have descoverd a few good new places close to home, always nice to see Painted lady's been lucky this year.
      Amanda 🐰🐰

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  8. This looks a wonderful place, lovely to see all of your beautiful photographs.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan , I hope I get back soon...

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  9. Now that's just the sort of place I like so thanks for the post :) So much to see as your photos show us. I really like the jay - I haven't seen one on a feeder before and I find them so hard to photograph! Hope you are still enjoying the camera club.

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    1. Thanks Coquetnaturelover, we do get a lot of Jays in this area, but never get fed up of seeing them.
      I have loved the camera club, they had some good speakers. It takes a break between May and September as most of them are away on holiday...
      Amanda xx

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