New Cheshire Nature Reserves


    THE two Nature reserves in memory of the late T. A. Coward, the well-known naturalist and author of “The Birds of Cheshire” and “The Vertebrate Fauna of Cheshire”, of the Manchester Museum, who died on January 29, 1933, have been completed in Cheshire. They have been formed by a committee of naturalists and admirers, the T. A. Coward Memorial Fund, under the chairmanship of the Right Hon. the Earl of Stamford; though as yet some £200 of the purchase money is required. It is proposed to hand the reserves over to the care of some national body like the National Trust. The two sites chosen were Marbury Mere in mid-Cheshire, and CotterrilFs Clough, a ‘hanging’ wood on the banks of the River Bollin within sight of Coward's home at Bowdon (NATURE, 132, 437, Sept. 16, 1933). Each locality is rich in bird life. At the latter, Coward recorded the grasshopper-warbler, and used it for the recording of the arrival of migrant species, while the former, which includes a large lake and 1 acres of woodland, and large reed beds which bring the extent up to 8 acres, is where the black tern, bittern, night-heron, whooper swan, Bewick's swan, and great crested grebe have been recorded. Some recent Marbury records include the white wagtail, a drake and two duck wigeon in July, scaup duck, goosander, cormorant, great northern diver, and ringed plover (Nineteenth Annual Report, Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Committee). The honorary secretary of the Coward Memorial Fund is Mr. J. F. Hodkinson, 50 Selby Street, Manchester, 1.1.

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