Pennington Flash Country Park

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Feeding time at Pennington Flash
Sunset at Pennington Flash
The Flash from above with Sunday Dinghy Racing

Pennington Flash Country Park is a 200-hectare (490-acre) country park located between Lowton and Pennington, Leigh in Greater Manchester, England.

The flash is a 70-hectare (170-acre) lake created at the turn of the 20th century by coal mining subsidence, mainly from Bickershaw Colliery, and flooding.[1] Now an extensive nature reserve with several bird hides and a network of tracks and footpaths, Pennington Flash Country Park is nationally renowned[citation needed] for its birdlife and is a classic example of natural regeneration. A variety of well-maintained paths cater to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Ideal for disabled persons, the Flash's hides have ramps for wheelchair access.[2]

One of the premier birdwatching sites in North West England[citation needed], over 230 bird species have been recorded on site including: black-faced bunting, nightingale, marsh harrier, spoonbill and Leach's storm-petrel. Additionally, a wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies can be spotted in the area.[1]

Facilities include a small information centre, a nine-hole municipal golf course, a pay and display car park, a children's play area, picnic and recreation areas, bird watching facilities, fishing on certain shores, sailing, windsurfing and rowing through Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club,[3] a mobile café and toilets.


  1. ^ a b Pennington Flash, RSPB Liverpool, retrieved 2011-01-03 
  2. ^ Park Information, retrieved 2012-06-30 
  3. ^ Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club, Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club, retrieved 2010-03-10 

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Coordinates: 53°29′10″N 2°32′50″W / 53.486079°N 2.547154°W / 53.486079; -2.547154