Shipley, Sunday, 2nd. November, 2014.

November 3, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 9 mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Good, Sunset: 16:33 GMT.

Wildfowl numbers are creeping up on Shipley Lake, but the “hotspot” today was Shipley Hill with flocks of Redwing, tit and finch flocks, including a couple of Goldcrests and a Barn Owl over the opencast mine – among the pigeons ! I think it came out of farm buildings between the hill and the mine.

Woodside. 3 Cormorant, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker. Shipley Lake. 7 Cormorant, 6 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 4 Teal, 42 Wigeon, 5 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron.. Shipley Park.  30 Goldfinch, 4 Mistle Thrush, Grey Heron, Shipley Hill. Barn Owl [ over the opencast mine] 2 Goldcrest, 40 Goldfinch, 12 Greenfinch, 90 Redwing, 3 Jay. Mapperley Reservoir. 4 Great Crested Grebe, 55 Redwing. Mapperley Wood. 25 Redwing, 30 Goldfinch, 6 Pheasant.


Gulls-Osbournes Pond


Redwing, hiding !


Looking Cute….


Black-headed Gull


Robin-dusk in Mapperley Wood


Coot, Mapperley Reservoir.

Shipley Park

January 16, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by colin penny

Todays walk was taken from Shipley hall cricket club to hex pools and back, with coppice lake being frozen over and 80% of Shipley lake being frozen over hex pools proved to be a bit of a hot spot. on the return journey from hex pools I soon lost count of the number of corvids passing overhead to roost.

Sightings were as follows- wood pigeon, Carrion crow, Rook, Jackdaw, great spotted woodpecker, Black headed gull, Blackbird, Long tailed tit, Wren, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Lapwing, Mute swan, Mallard, coot, Tuffed duck, Great crested grebe, Pochard, Robin, Magpie, Great tit, Moorhen, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Little grebe, Canada goose, Starling, and Fieldfare.

Numbers on the hex pools(2/6 have ice on them) were as follows.


Teal 6

Shoveler 2

Gadwall 4

Mallard 6

Little grebe 2

Black headed gull 15

Lapwing 2

Mute swan 2

Coot 6

Canada goose 8

And around a dozen fieldfare in the bushes on the cycle route side of the pools.


Cheers Colin.


Water Vole

January 8, 2013 in Latest Patch Sightings by Stephen Greenacre

I have read with interest lately, about a few sightings of  ‘evidence for Water Voles’ in the vicinity of Shipley Park.  So, it was a great and most welcome surprise to actually see one this morning.  It was seen – albeit briefly – swimming across the Nutbrook and disappearing into the bushes near to Straw’s Bridge this morning.

A n exciting and rather rare sighting for me.

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A Walk With Paul & Allison. Kirk Hallam, Stanley & West Hallam.

March 25, 2012 in Local Walks With Paul & Allison by PaulS

Not much need for the flask and coats today. A beautiful spring afternoon, perfect for a walk in the country. today we;ll take you on a five mile stroll from Kirk Hallam to Stanley, on to West Hallam and then back to Kirk Hallam.  This particular walk is literally started from our doorstep but for non locals head to Kirk Hallam and park near the children’s play park on Wyndale drive. Look for the footpath sign in the left corner of the field.

Head up the left side of the field until you reach a stile in the hedge.

Once over the stile head across a series of fields on a well defined path. There are good views over West Hallam to Shipley Park and back to Ilkeston.

At this time of year there are lots of flowers starting to emerge. Dandelions, Daisies and one of my favourite Common Speedwell.

Look out for Skylarks, Greenfinch, Brown Hares and Buzzards as you head over these fields. You’ll soon reach a farm. Head through the edge of the farm buildings until you reach a narrow track. Cross this and head towards the conifer plantation.

The path carries on on a well defined track with more views across the beautiful countryside.

The conifer plantation has thrown up Goldcrest before and Greenfinch and Chaffinch are very abundant in here. The path crosses a couple of hedges and heads towards Cat & Fiddle lane.

You’ll need to walk down Cat & Fiddle lane for a short while until you reach Rose Cottage on your right. look to the left and you’ll see this bridleway.

Once through the gate turn right and head towards the stile in the hedge.

Once over this stile you turn left and follow a path through a really nice wetland habitat.

Lapwings have been seen here and bred a couple of years ago too. The path can be a bit boggy here in winter but no such problems with this dry spell. Continue along the edge of the wetland until you reach the stile next to the small brook that feeds the wetland. look out at this time of year for Goats Willow blossom.

Once across the stile head along the right hand side of the brook towards the pylon. Keep going across another stile until the path starts to drop into the plantation and eventually reaches a bridge that crosses the brook.

Cross the bridge and head along the left boundary until you reach a gate at the back of the cemetery. follow the track to the road in Stanley village.

Walk towards the church and beyond until you reach the bend in the road. Head up the path on the left hand side towards the playing field.

Walk along the left edge of the playing field and cross the stile at the end. Follow a good path until you reach the old railway cutting.

Take the right hand path when across the cutting and head up the right hand side of the next field.

Walk up this field until you reach a stile. Cross the stile and head towards the pylon.

Head towards West Hallam on the path across the field but don’t cross the stile. Instead head right down the left side of the field until you reach the White Hart pub. Here you cross the road and head down Beech Lane into the old village.

As you head into the village you’ll pass St. Wilfreds church and the war memorial outside.

A little way passed the memorial is the path that takes you back to Kirk Hallam.

Head down this track as it reveals some lovely pastoral views.

Cross this stile and head across some big grazing pastures. This area is good for Brown Hare, Fox and Lapwing. Follow the pasture edges across a couple of stiles and a small water crossing until you near the old railway line. follow this to the left until you reach the bridge.

Once under the bridge turn left over the stile and head to the farm and the track beyond. At the crossroad of tracks take the path straight on (running parallel with High Lane and Straw’s Bridge).

Follow the right hand edge of the field with the brook on your right until you reach a stile with a metal bridge. This is a good spot for Water voles. Cross the bridge and head across the rough pasture. If you like your moths this is a fantastic spot with many varieties here including Chimney sweeper.

When you reach the end of this rough ground you’ll come out into Kirk Hallam next to St. John Houghton school. Walk up the road and then turn right onto Wyndale Drive. Follow this until you reach your car.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this walk. What we like about it is you go almost instantly from suburbia into some fantastic countryside. There are many options for lengthening the walk if you wish. You can either extend it into Shipley Park or venture further out towards Morley. All in all a great day out, whichever way you choose!!


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Long Winged Conehead Bush Cricket.

September 4, 2011 in Biopedia, Crickets and Grasshoppers by PaulS

First recorded in the UK in 1945 this Bush Cricket was confined to the South Coast until the 80′s. Since then it has migrated inland by around 150-200mile. This has been attributed to global warming.

This cricket is still a rarity this far north and we’re lucky to have them in our patch. They have been spotted by other EVW members in the Shipley Park area.

They prefer long grassed, damp meadows. If you do spot any of these it might be worth reporting the siting to the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust or similar organisations.


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Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus).

August 14, 2011 in Biopedia, Birds by PaulS

An elegant waterbird with striking head plumes which led to its being hunted for its feathers, almost leading to its extermination from the UK. On land they are clumsy because their feet are placed so far back on their bodies. They have an elaborate courtship display in which they rise out of the water and shake their heads. Very young grebes often ride on their parents’ backs.

Look out for these on any patch of water in our area. Shipley Park, Manor floods and Attenborough Nature Reserve will invariably have breeding pairs in occupancy throughout the summer.

These birds have an uncanny habit of being able to swallow some huge fish. Roach nearly the size of the birds necks and weighing close to a pound are down in one.

Courtship dance.

Nest made out of reed, usually abandoned a few days after the chicks are born.

Chicks are kept safe from predators by riding on the parents back.

“I caught a fish the other day and it was this big!!”.

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Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa).

August 7, 2011 in Biopedia, Dragonflies and Damselflies by PaulS

This damselfly is a beautiful metallic green. The Emerald Damselfly rests with its wings spread at about 45° to the body. It’s about the same size as a Common Blue Damselfly and can be found near shallow water amongst dense vegetation.

Look for it in the settling pits under Bennerley viaduct and the lagoons at Shipley Park.

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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea).

August 6, 2011 in Latest Patch Sightings by PaulS

The largest European heron. It can stand with neck stretched out, looking for food, or hunch down with its neck bent over its chest. In flight it holds its neck retracted and has large rounded wings. It is usually solitary although several birds may feed fairly close together. It stalks its food, often standing motionless for some considerable time. It usually feeds close to the bank or shore, but may wade out into shallow water.

Look for it near any waterway where you’ll see it skulking in the reeds looking for food. Erewash Meadows, any lake around Shipley Park, Straws Bridge and Bennerley Marshes are good places to look out for this handsome bird.

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Chimney sweeper (Odezia atrata).

August 4, 2011 in Biopedia, Moths by PaulS

Wingspan 23-27 mm.

This unusual species flies in the daytime, and prefers bright sunshine. It is completely black except for the white fringes at the tips of the forewings.

It inhabits grassy meadows. Bennerley and Shipley Park are good but it can be found almost anywhere.

The single generation flies in June and July, and the larvae feed mainly on the flowers of pignut (Conopodium majus).

Shipley Sightings

May 28, 2011 in Home, Latest Sightings by Bennerley

Saturday, 28th. May. Cotmanhay. Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler. Shipley Wood. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler. Shipley Park. 5 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Canada Goose, 2 Black-headed Gull, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, Jay, 3 Pheasant, 30 Swift, 10 Swallow, 4 House martin. Butterflies. Speckled Wood, Common Blue. Plus. Common Blue Damselflies.