I live in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, and my local patch is Marton Mere; a site of special scientific interest for its birds such as Water Rails, Bitterns, Marsh Harriers, Ospreys, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, numerous ducks, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Long-eared Owls and so on, and a number of species of Bats, Bees, Dragonflies & Moths, Butterflies (Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown) and Orchids such as Bee Orchids.
The Mere is situated on the eastern edge of Blackpool, about 4 miles from the town centre and provides open water, reed beds, grassland, scrub and woodland, It also neighbours farmland. The mere is surrounded by footpaths and several hides.
In the last two months at the Mere I have seen; Robin, Blackbird, Blue tit, Coal tit, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Great spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant, Collared dove, Woodpigeon, Pigeon (feral), Dunnock, Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Canada geese, Greylag geese, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Tufted duck, Pochard, Shoveler, Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing, Long-eared Owls, Common gull, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull and Great crested grebe.
Stanley Park is also nearby - a large municipal park with a lake, Heronry and woodland. The sea front at Blackpool is great for gulls, oystercatchers and other waders and there is the Ribble estuary to the south and the Wyre & the Lune estuaries to the north, with Morcambe bay a little further on.
I'm new to birdwatching - just coming up to a year, and hope to significantly increase my list - the Bitterns would be a treat.
Would love to hear from others who have visited the Mere and about other patches in Lancashire.