I'm particularly glad to think that this patch of wetland might attract more than one pair of reed buntings (left)because this species has suffered a decline in numbers. Apparently it was once known as the 'pit sparrow' because it favoured the small lagoons that were usually found near collieries. Mining dereliction has been swept away by reclamation schemes and some superb new landscapes have been created but some 'unofficial nature reserves', like the reed buntings' lagoons have been lost in the process.
Deep mining is now almost a thing of the past. Scotland may have lost its last deep mine this week because of a major flooding problem while thing aren't looking good for our nearest colliery, the Prince of Wales at Pontefract.