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Shropshire birding sites - The Meres

The North Shropshire meres have turned up some of Shropshire's best ever birds over the years and are well worth a session, especially during the Winter. Access and parking is generally not a problem at Colemere. The Mere is usually OK but one or two of the smaller meres have no official access and not included here.


Winter wildfowl haven....

The Mere in Ellesmere is a haven for Winter wildfowl and excellent counts of Wigeon, Goldeneye, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard and Shoveler are the norm. Large numbers of Great crested Grebe build up here and there are usually Goosander present. The Heronry is a local tourist attraction once Spring arrives (and tourists/day trippers are the biggest downside at a weekend) parking is sometimes quite limited! A Great white Egret dropped in during 2008, it has also turned up wrecked seabirds in the past. The Winter Gull roost is recently a shadow of it's former glory and as always, weekdays are best - there is always the chance of a white winger or Med Gull? Little Gull are possible in early Spring and find plentiful insects on which to surface feed. Common Gull are definitely 'common' in this area!

Colemere is perhaps the most productive site in the area, situated a short distance from Wood Lane. Colemere holds good numbers of Goldeneye during the Winter on a regular basis plus Goosander, Tufted Duck and Wigeon etc. It has proven to be a good bet around the New Year period for Scaup and a female Red-breasted Merganser joined in with the Goosanders in Feb 2010! Common Scoter and almost anything else 'could' turn up but be prepared for a lot of blank days during the hunt!

Whitemere is only easliy viewed from the roadside but could turn up anything already mentioned. Sailing tends to move birds on but it can hold Scaup and even produce a mega Gull roost? A visit to the area is well worth spent exploring all these different large stretches of water. There are other meres in the area with limited access, an OS map and a bit of luck may just turn up something special?

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