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Friends of Seven Acres

I thought you might be interested in reading the extract (below) from the September meeting of 'the Friends':

Wildlife Report.
46 species of bird were recorded in August. These included Buzzard on 27th and 31st and Peregrine on 14th.
Kingfisher was regular to 14th but there were no records after this.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was present on 31st.
There was a remarkable sighting at the Bat and Moth Night when a Dipper was seen to fly up to roost on an electrical box above the patio area in full view of all the attendees. It may be a regular occurrence.
2 Spotted Flycatchers were seen on 19th. Previously, this species was seen regularly up to 2002 then not until 2009, then this year, always on autumn passage.
The Willow Tit continued visiting the garden at Crompton Vale on 2nd.
On the Bat and Moth Night, Pipistrelles and a Daubenton's Bat were detected and a single Soprano Pipistrelle which, if confirmed, is a first for the site.
5 Roe Deer were seen on 14th.
Butterfly records were poorer than normal and there seems to be a dearth of Small Tortoiseshells, though they have done well in other parts of the country.
4 species of fungi were recorded but only one has been firmly identified as The Deceiver.
38 species of flower were seen in August and 37 species of tree.
148 moths of 34 species were recorded. This brings the yearly total to 71 species of which 12 were new for the site.
The total over the past 5 years is 150 species.


Activise your lives - come and join us..
Follow the links below to get a flavour of some of the things that we get up to:
Seven Acres - Community Pond
Interested? - ring 01204 663754



We, the Friends of Seven Acres, have been going for some 10 years now and, we recently held our 10th AGM.
Before the meeting, those that were able to attend posed for a photo (see below)

Activise your lives - come and join us..

Volunteering is a fun and sociable activity, and a great way to get a bit of exercise outdoors while getting closer to local wildlife. You don't need to be super-fit or an expert in conservation to take part - just willing to try something new and get your hands dirty!
The SAS (Seven Acres Squad!) volunteer group meets at the Environment Resource Centre on Bury road every Friday from 10:00am - 3:30pm.
The work that we do includes managing the variety of habitats throughout Seven Acres and we also undertake a range of tasks including hedgerow maintenance, mowing grassland habitats, clearing wetland vegetation and controlling invasive species.
To assess the impact of this practical work we undertake a range of monitoring activities including fixed point surveying, butterfly surveys, dragonfly surveys and bat surveys
There is no need to book - anyone is welcome to turn up on the day - but we'd recommend phoning ahead on the number below in case the activity is cancelled for any reason. Activities will be taking place outdoors, so please wear old clothes and sturdy footwear.
The Trust can provide waterproofs, refreshments and all necessary tools.
We may be in a position to offer accredited training awards from AQA and the John Muir Award - please ask for more details.
For more information, contact Stephen on 01204 663754 or email

You can see photographs of some of the recent activities of the SAS and the WWV on the Friends of Seven Acres Facebook page by following this link and follow 'Other Albums'.



See below a 'map' showing the place-names that we have given to some areas of Seven Acres.
The 'map' is not at all to scale and has been produced by the Friends of Seven Acres simply to help us to report 'sightings' and to describe as to where work needs to be carried out by the SAS.
It is not Copyright and you are welcome to right-click and 'Save Picture As' to allow you to print off your own copy or, you can simply click here.
We have just finished compiling a list of the Place Names, which explain the reason for the choice of the names and some anecdotal stuff about each one.
By the way, did you know that the area covered by 'Seven Acres' totals more than 67 acres?! So, why is it called 'Seven Acres'?
To find the answer follow this link.



 Activize your lives by visiting the ERC!:

Above, viewed from the pond at the rear, is our magnificent building - known as the Environmental Resource Centre.
(photo courtesy of Lancashire Wildlife Trust)
Below, is one of the Receptionists at the ERC. Wendy was dressed-up as part of a recent Fun Friday.
If you're in the area or want to know more about the Wildlife Trust activities in general or the activities in and around the ERC just pop in to Reception.
You might even get a cuppa...!!

There is so much happening at the ERC (Environmental Resource Centre) on Bury Road:
Monday evenings: Breightmet Community Choir - more members are required (no experience necessary & no audition needed!)
Just come along to The Wildlife Trust on Bury Road, Monday evenings - 7pm to 8.30pm.
For further information, contact Charlie or Sandra on 01204 663754 or email

Tuesday mornings: Health Walks - Are you short of a little physical exercise to improve your health? Join Tuesday Health Walks at the Seven Acres Nature Reserve in Bolton.
The weekly walks are at a relaxing pace and aimed at the over 50s who feel they are not getting out and about enough.
The walks are great to make new friends, starting and finishing at the Environmental Resource Centre on Bury Road, where refreshments are available afterwards. Walks are from 10-11am. Call 01204 663754 for details.

Wednesday mornings: Nature Tots - 9:30 - 10:45 (18 months to 3 years) and 11:00 - 12:15 (3 - 5 years)

Thursday mornings: Yoga Classes - Call 01204 663754 for details.

Friday mornings: Art and Craft - come and find your inner Picasso or Banksy at the Art for Adults group at the Environmental Resource Centre on Bury Road.
This is a great opportunity to learn the techniques of various forms of art and then use them in the beautiful setting of the centre on the edge of Seven Acres Nature Reserve. You may even spot some wild subjects to paint.
For further information, contact Sandra on 01204 663754 or email
Friday afternoons: Buggy Zumba - Buggy Zumba is the new sensation that offers you a great way to keep fit, have a great laugh and meet new friends... and you won't need to pay for a babysitter as your child will be watching you dance away from their buggy!
FREE to all mums residing in Breightmet or Tonge.
Contact Alex Bateson to book (or if you need more information) on 01204 663 754.

All this and innumerable oportunities to become involved in helping with surveys, doing conservation work etc.
Visit the ERC for more details or ring 01204 663754


 Activize your lives by Volunteering!:
Read about Stephen, Joanne and Sue's work on the respective Volunteering pages.


Seven Acres Country Park is a local nature reserve in Breightmet, Bolton.
The river, Bradshaw Brook, runs through the valley which is surrounded by trees, fields, hedgerows, ponds and lodges. It is teeming with wildlife and, whatever the season, you are guaranteed to see something interesting.
It is also very popular with people walking dogs, taking exercise or just observing nature and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
The footpath that connects the Environmental Resource Centre on Bury Road with the Thicketford Bridge is part of the well-known Kingfisher Trail - a popular 11Km waymarked walk from Phillips Park (Salford) to the Jumbles reservoir.

If you would like to become a Friend of Seven Acres,or, better still, if you think you would like to become a Volunteer ring 01204 663754.
If you just want to know a bit more about the work that we do, follow one of the Volunteering links on the left.

Many thanks to the Big Lottery Fund for backing our current path network improvements. We want as many local people as possible to benefit from the opportunities so, please come along and get involved.

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