Having now passed under the narrow bridge that links Highfield Road
and Egerton Road, we begin to approach the edge of urban Blacon and conditions
underfoot improve noticeably- the waste tips, broken glass and grafitti
are less evident, replaced by lush grass dotted with autumn flowers.
(Left is shown Mexican Fleabane and below,
A survey of the flora and fauna of the Mickle Trafford railway published
in 1994 by the Deeside Urban Wildlife Group, at a time when the
line was threatened by an earlier madcap plan- a gas pipeline- lists 102
species of plants and trees, 23 species of birds, 8 species of butterfly
and dragonfly, and numerous species of mammals such as badgers (protected
by law), foxes, rabbits, weasels and bats.