Month of Squares

April Squares: On Top of the Sandstone Crag

This is the remains of Beeston Castle standing on top of a sandstone crag 350 feet above the Cheshire plain and it’s my contribution to day nine of Becky’s April Squares: Top photo challenge.

Built in the 1220s it fell into disrepair in the 16th century before being used in 1643 during the English Civil War. The castle was partly demolished in 1646 under orders from Cromwell.

My interest in the site? The sandstone cliff below the castle is a nesting site for both Peregrine Falcons and Common Ravens.

April Squares: On Top of the Sandstone Crag


12 replies on “April Squares: On Top of the Sandstone Crag”

It was close to where I grew up and where I lived in the late 1980s and 1990s. In the 1990s I was part of a group protecting the Peregrine nest 24/7.

I’ve never been here either . . what a wonderful place, and like you I would have been focused on looking for the falcons and ravens. Rare to see the latter in my part of the world

It’s a bit odd. When I was a member of a group protecting the Peregrine nest site 24/7 in the 1990s I had to convince some of the other volunteers that the Ravens needed just as much protection. Nowadays my parents have Ravens in their garden just over the Cheshire border in Staffordshire.

The population seems to be increasing in parts of the UK. The issue for them around Beeston was after the young left the nest. There was still an awful lot of poison bait being put down by the gamekeepers in the area. I’ve been hassled by a gamekeeper in the area when I was stood on a public highway. When asked what I was watching with binoculars I replied “I’m looking for poison bait put down by gamekeeping scum”

He wasn’t impressed. I knew who he was by his vehicle but you don’t try and intimidating me when I’m stood on the side of a public road. He started trying to convince me that the various gamekeepers in the area didn’t break the law. He didn’t know I was involved in protecting the Peregrine nest and that I knew about some of the poisoned Buzzards that had been found.

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