SJ8390 : Grey Heron, Northenden Weir

near to Gatley, Manchester, Great Britain

Grey Heron, Northenden Weir
Grey Heron, Northenden Weir
A grey heron standing in the fast flowing waters near bottom of the weir at Northenden. (It can be seen in SJ8390 : River Mersey Weir, Northenden).

The heron is one symbol of the improvement to the river's water quality (and hence fish stocks) since the 1980s. During the nineteenth century, the increase in industry along the banks of the Mersey caused it to become one of the most polluted rivers in Europe and wildlife became virtually extinct. It is only in recently decades that fish have been once again been able to survive in the river.

Of course the presence of the heron could also symbolise the decline of local industry.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 27 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 29 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Suburb, Urban fringe  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8321 9032 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.5654N 2:15.2423W
Photographer Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8319 9034
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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River  Weir  Grey Heron  Northenden Riverside Park  Bird 

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