High Rid Reservoir

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High Rid Reservoir
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Location Greater Manchester, England
Coordinates 53°35′15″N 2°30′15″W / 53.58750°N 2.50417°W / 53.58750; -2.50417Coordinates: 53°35′15″N 2°30′15″W / 53.58750°N 2.50417°W / 53.58750; -2.50417

High Rid Reservoir is a small, stone-sided reservoir close to Lostock Junction. It lies three miles to the west of Bolton town centre, Greater Manchester.[1]

Public uses[edit]

High Rid Reservoir is used by Bolton Council, under licence from United Utilities, to stage activities for young people aged 13 to 19, and up to the age of 25 for those who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities.[2] These activities include canoeing, kayaking, raft-building and sailing.[2] The reservoir is also used by Bolton Canoe Club for various activities.[3]

Ornithology[edit]

Despite its size, High Rid Reservoir is, and has been, home to many different kinds of bird. During the winter many different bird species, including little grebe, tufted duck and goldeneye can be found.[1] Sightings, and short term residencies, of greater scaup, grey phalarope, ring-necked duck and long-tailed duck have also been documented.[1]

Tragedy[edit]

In December 2009, a man was found dead in the frozen High Rid Reservoir after it is thought he jumped in to rescue his dog.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ian McKerchar. "High Rid Reservoir". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b The Bolton News. "Reservoir go-ahead for water activities for children". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ Knowsley Children's Services. "Web Directory". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ BBC News (December 23, 2009). "Man dies in reservoir rescue bid". Retrieved August 1, 2010.