I discovered this Local Nature Reserve, situated just off the Rainford bypass. Designated in 2001, it covers an area of more than 7 hectares.
Siding Lane is the site of the former Rainford Colliery. The shaft was sunk through sixteen feet of wet gravel and sand in 1860. The 1926 coal strike marked a decline in the pit, which finally closed in 1928.
Over time, Birch woodland colonised the spoil heaps and today it is a scenic woodland, rich in wildlife. The damp shady habitat provides perfect conditions for a range of fungi including the colourful but poisonous Fly Agaric. Locally rare, the Harts Tongue Fern provides winter interest along the various old walls on the site.
|A Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker Feeding.|
|Close to the Local Rail Track.|
|The Old Wall|
|Winter Sun Ripples|
|Stone and Metal Sluice|
|Local Harts Tongue Fern|
|Woodland Winter Path|