I fancied going on a long walk, on a crisp day, without having to go too far. So I paid a visit to Consall Nature Park, just to the north of Cheadle.
Starting off at the Sheepfold car park, near to Kingsley Moor. Down to the River Churnet and Caldon Canal at Consall Forge, then along the river up to the confluence of Coombes Brook. Then heading back to the visitor centre to check the feeders (and use the facilities), and back to the car. Took about three and a half hours of walking, and I'm starting to stiffen up as I type.
calling Tawny Owl (in the middle of the day, which can happen when it gets cold)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
I have seen Dipper along this stream at Far Kingsley Banks, but not today.
Far Kingsley Banks itself, lovely view.
The weir next to the Black Lion. Once spring arrives it's a good spot for Grey Wagtail.
The bird table round the back of the visitor centre. A couple of Nuthatches here, a few Chaffinches and plenty of Blue, Great and Coal Tits.