After reading the Daily Post today about the Mandarin in Llangollen it tickled my fancy somewhat! So on my way back from seeing my parents in St Helens I called in at Raby Mere near Bebbington on the Wirral (Google it). There's been a feral population on this Fishing lake for yonks now with them breeding there most years. Today a male flew in, plopped onto the lake and tried to chum another female until a rival male chased it off, thankfully into the path of my camera (above photo). In North Wales I saw 7 Males at the Osprey project once, a male at Llanrwst a few years back and a flighty female one summer at Cors Erddreiniog. Other than a population on the Dee near Chester are there any other populations nearby? Are they established in Clocaenog at that picnic spot?