Now that part of the meadows has returned to its traditional use for cropping hay, and hedge laying has started in earnest, ornithologists are anticipating some great sights as the summer bird migrants return from their over winter homes in more southerly climates to find an environment more suitable to their needs.
Hedge laying, although now halted for the bird nesting season, will be boosted by a grant of £1,400 from Warrington Borough Councils Community fund to purchase sufficient specialised tools for a team of 10 volunteer layers. Bow saws, loppers and axes are all included in the itinerary of equipment that will soon be put to good use on the overgrown hedges creating new safe habitats for small birds and mammals.
Discussions are also underway with Warrington B.C., firstly about how to further manage the meadows protecting existing habitats and creating new ones and then how to raise the funds to implement the programme. One particular concern to the New Cut group is the sheer volume of people now walking the meadows, and the impact that this may have on wildlife when visitors stray off paths across and walk the complete extent of the fields.
Terry Egan (bird study group) said “Paddington Meadows is a beautiful gem for everyone to come down and see the marvellous wildlife, it is a relatively short flat walk around the canal and riverside paths”