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The Grand Union Canal flows through the heart of Milton Keynes. It’s a lovely waterway especially in the Spring and a real haven for wildlife.
For a long time it was a place of which I was completely unaware. In recent years and in a desire to get fitter I have taken up running and it is this which has opened up this place to me. Along with Caldecotte Lake, the Grand Union Canal forms a regular part of my route. It’s within a mile of where we currently live and is really accessible. Running doesn’t really afford the opportunity to take pictures, but occasionally I walk along it too. There is an abundance of wildlife including the usual ducks and swans; coots and moorhens; but also many herons. I love these birds – they look magnificent on the bank or in flight. They tend to watch warily as you approach along the towpath before taking flight and looping to a new spot about 400 m further on. Of course this event is repeated 2 or 3 times before the bird either crosses to the other bank or loops behind you!
One of my favourite photos was of a heron springing from the bank, taken last year on a walk from the canal near Caldecotte heading North through Milton Keynes all the way to Cosgrove.
Yesterday I ran in the opposite direction heading South from Bletchley (where I’d dropped my car for a service) to The Three Locks at Soulbury. It was a lovely day for running, but I decided to walk back and take in the scenery on route. About half way back I saw a small bird flying back and forth along the canal – except it wasn’t a bird it was a bat. I have never seen a bat in the day before. My iPhone camera doesn’t do justice to the tiny flying mammal but it is all I have so have a go at “Spot the Bat” in these pictures.
Some other shots from the day