There is some fantastic wildlife to be seem in the Methley area. The river walks are very good. The “soon” to be RSPB reserve at St Aidan’s is now well developed. Buzzard, Peregrine, Red Kite, Sparrow Hawk, Kestrel, Bittern and Little Egret are present all year plus a sack full of migrants, especially waders.
Now is a good time for Dragonflies on the edges of the river. There are plenty of Roe deer and some of the introduced species.
There is a very good bird hide near the oil tanks at the bottom of Fleet Lane, run by the Swillington Bird Group. Try the door, if any of the group are in there, you will find them very helpful. (September 2011)
Failing that, you could look at their web site for a more comprehensive view of life on the wetlands of the old St Aidans opencast coal mining site – www.sibg1.wordpress.com