ETHEROW COUNTRY PARK
by Ian McKerchar
Above: Etherow Country Park affords amongst the finest selection of introduced exotic (plastic!) wildfowl in the county but is actually much, much more. (Photo Rob Adderley)
There are several different woods and cloughs in the country park all connected by the River Etherow and of course the Compstall Lodges which remain the finest county site for a truly countable Egyptian Goose (!). The paths through the woods present some excellent walks although some can be quite arduous but at all times of the year there can be plenty to see. Pied and Spotted Flycatcher usually breed, whilst Kingfisher can be often found from the Cheshire Wildlife Trust hide, there are Dipper on the River Etherow plus occasional Redstart and Wood Warbler in the woods. As if to prove anything is possible however, the site has also recorded Green Winged Teal, a flock of 3 Little Terns and also Firecrest.
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Above: Compstall Lodges with it's plethora of bread munching exotica and super aggressive Canada Geese! The River Etherow has Dipper which are nearly always somewhere along it's visible length. (Photos Rob Adderley)
Above: The path to the Cheshire Wildlife Trust hide and the hide itself. (Photos Rob Adderley)
Ian McKerchar, January 2010