Carr Mill Dam is a popular spot for a day out in St Helens, whether you enjoy walking, riding your bike, powerboating or just dipping a toe in the water. Did you know it is also one of the most important sites in the Borough for wildlife ?
The Dam is the largest lake for miles around and attracts loads of birds with over 100 species recorded from the site, including kingfishers and a large breeding population of great crested grebes. I counted over 20 during my visit. It’s also important for habitats and plants with diverse broadleaved woodland and records of 29 locally rare plant species.
My job as a volunteer Local Wildlife site monitor is to visit each site and see how it is doing. I might not be lucky enough to see everything it’s designated for – but I can look at the condition of the habitats there and have a good idea whether all the good stuff is likely to still be around.
Carr Mill Dam seems to be doing just fine:
It’s just off the A580 north of St Helens if you want to go and enjoy it for yourself. There’s even a handy pub – the Waterside – for a pint after your walk 🙂