Sandbach Flashes – central area

Elton Hall Flash and Pump House Flash - SJ724594

including Rosemary’s Flood and Hancock’s Flood

Perhaps the best watched of the local flashes. Views from a sheltered viewpoint, roadside and the side lane gives views of the back pool. Pull-in parking available. Local roads are heavily pot-holed and subject to flooding after heavy rain

Likely species:
all year round - Mandarin Duck, Stock Dove, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Dunlin, Snipe, Redshank, Common Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer
Winter - Pintail, Goldeneye, Water Rail, Golden Plover, waders, Glaucous Gull¹, Iceland Gull¹, Merlin, Brambling
Spring - Garganey, Cuckoo, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, passage waders, Common Tern, Hobby, Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail
Summer - Garganey, Little Ringed Plover, Common Tern, Hobby, hirundines, warblers, Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail
Autumn - Pintail, Water Rail, Golden Plover, passage waders, Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail
On passage - Cuckoo, Osprey, Willow Warbler, Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear

¹ the frequency of sightings of these species are likely to decrease due to the planned decommissioning of the nearby landfill site

Fields Farm Flash & railway embankment - SJ724591

Two small pools lying on the eastern side of the railway lines. A track continues along side the railway embankment northwards up to the canal.

Likely species:
all year round - Yellowhammer
Winter - Goosander, Black-tailed Godwit, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting
Spring - Skylark, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat
Summer - Kingfisher, warblers
On Passage - Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail

Elton Hall Flash

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