Wildlife on the Doorstep

Wildlife on the Doorstep

We were surprised to find out how many bats there are right on the seafront at Cleveleys, and despite giving it a good try we’ve never yet managed to catch a photo of these super-fast flyers.

Those of us who keep our eyes and ears open see and hear all kinds of things, but it’s quite rare that you manage to catch the event to share with others.

Poulton woman, Lindsay Mason, has pulled off a double. She’s caught a bat in flight, and a cricket at rest, which you often hear but can very rarely spot, and she shares them here with us.

Lindsay tells us “I’ve been watching the bats flying around low over my garden for the last week. I go outside at around 10.15pm and they come swooping in, but with such erratic flight that it’s been impossible to get a photograph. However, tonight, I sat on my bench, pointed the camera upowards and just kept clicking – oh, the joy of digital photography!

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Bat in flight, taken in Poulton
Bat in flight, taken in Poulton

“It wasn’t until I uploaded the pictures that I realised I had actually manage to capture an image of one that wasn’t just a blur! I’m not sure what species it is. I live on Holts Lane, Poulton, where we have a field behind us and the bats seem to emerge from a large tree in the corner.

Cricket at rest, taken in Poulton
Cricket at rest, taken in Poulton

“I also managed a good photo of a cricket that had jumped into my conservatory. I snapped him before coaxing him onto my hand and placing him in the garden before he went further inside the house.

Lindsay goes on to add “A couple of months ago I managed to shoot a good video of a Barn Owl hunting over the field – it came so close to me that I almost fell over with surprise! Then, last week, my neighbour was talking to me at the conservatory door and suddenly, by the gate, there appeared a young deer! It trotted off almost immediately, but we felt so thrilled to have seen it.”

We’ve got to agree with Lindsay when she finishes by saying “How lucky we are to live somewhere with such a rich abundance of wildlife right on the doorstep!”


Two Swallows must make a Summer

Last week I went to a meeting at Poulton Industrial Estate on Wyrefields, which literally backs onto the fields.

As I parked the car I spotted a number of Swallows/Swifts/House Martins (I never can tell the difference) swooping across the field and coming to rest on the wire fence between the field of cows and the car park. A stunning sight and one I wished I had a proper camera with me to catch.

Bat in flight, taken in Poulton
Bat in flight, taken in Poulton

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