Herons are often seen in Hankelow, and are a common sight along the side of
the canal. They are also to be seen on the side of the village pond
from time to time, when thay will take new-born ducklings as well as
You can find out more about
Herons on the RSPB website
Mallard Ducks are plentiful in Hankelow, and there are resident populations on the village pond and the pond by Woolfall Farm.
Every spring they pair off, among much noisy squabbling, and find
nest sites in the gardens around the village. The pair in the
photo above were behind the Green Farm in 2020. The same pair
(probably) returned in 2021 and 2022.
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Here are a couple of Nature Camera videos from April 29th, 2021, of a new Mum with her Ducklings, which hatched by Derek and Rose's front door.
Here she is setting out for the pond with
her two newly hatched ducklings - but one is missing!
Better try again!
Ashleigh sent some video clips of ducklings which
hatched behind Ball Farm in May 2021; you can download them
I can't figure out how to make them play automatically
yet! Ashleigh thinks the family have now moved on the the ponds at Hankelow
Also Kim J. has sent the picture on the left, of "Masie" on a
nest in her blueberry bushes in May.
Sparrowhawks can sometimes be seen hunting in Hankelow. The one in
pictured in the header is a frequent visitor to the garden of
Maplewood House in Hall Lane, and is apparently happy to pose for
You can find out more about sparrowhawks on the RSPB website
Whooper swans are mainly winter visitors; they can be distinguished
from a mute swan by the shape and colour of the bill. They are high
flyers - a flock of whooper swans were seen in 2015 flying at an
altitude of 29,000 ft!