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ANGLERS COUNTRY PARK

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Anglers Country Park, Wintersett
is a 64 hectare country park situated near Crofton and about 4 miles south east of Wakefield. It has a large lake, surrounded by grassland, woodland and a wetland area known as the 'Pol' (an old word for a 'pond').

[2010]


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A gathering of geese on the lake. [2010]


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A witch with her moggy in the park.
[September 2015]


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"Just wondering if you happen to have a tasty titbit for me ...."
This white goose is a feral domestic goose
(Anser anser domesticus)
,
it is a decendant of the greylag goose.

[2010]


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A Canada goose. Introduced from North America, this somewhat vocal bird is common in the area. (Latin name Branta canadensisr).
[November 2010]

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The large lake at Anglers. There is a footpath all the way around the lake and, in addition, public rights of way to Haw Park Woods, Walton Park (Waterton Park) via Wintersett FP No. 1, Walton via Hare Park Junction, and Crofton. Anglers can be reached on a spur from the main north/south Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Route 67 from Haw Park Woods.
[2008]


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A black-headed gull with coots (Fulica atra) and a greylag goose.
The coot has a distinctive white beak and 'shield' which gave rise to the expression "as bald as a coot", which the Oxford English Dictionary cites in use as early as 1430.

[November 2010]

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The black-headed gull (Larus ridibundus) is more a chocolate - brown headed bird than black; in fact, for much of the year, it has a white head. On top of that, it is not really a 'seagull' and is found commonly almost anywhere inland on lakes and in wetlands.
[November 2010]

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The ubiquitous mallard. A favourite dabbler of parks and wetlands alike. (Latin name Anas platyrhynchos).
[November 2010]

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The greylag goose (Anser anser) is the ancestor of most domestic geese.
[November 2010]

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View from the hide at the POL.
[2010]
This site once formed one of the deepest opencast coal mines in the country reaching a depth of 250 feet. Since the opening of the park in 1986, it has become one of the most important inland bird sites in Yorkshire and the lake is designated a Site of Scientific Interest (SSI) for its migratory birds. It is managed by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.
Cold Hiendley and Wintersett Reservoirs are close by.


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A Mute Swan making a spash as it takes off.
[2010]


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The large lake at Anglers Country Park.
[September 2015]


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This unfortunate greylag goose had a gammy leg, but still managed to come and see if any morsels were available. There are a couple of greylag geese here mixing and squabbling with the Canada geese.
[2010]

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A dramatic cloud-scape at Anglers Country Park.
[October 2011]


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