Events

The RSPB Liverpool Local Group welcomes both members and non-members to all our events.

Eight indoor meetings are held during the year with a four month break during the summer months. The Indoor Meeting feature an illustrated talk on a topic of interest to those enthusiastic about wildlife issues. The talks are entertaining and informative with high quality photography.
Held on the third Monday of the month, in Mossley Hill Parish Church, (St. Mathew and St. James) at the junction of Rose Lane and Mossley Hill road. Meetings commence at 7.30pm and last about 2 hours with an interval for refreshments. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available at the interval and this presents new members and visitors an excellent opportunity to meet existing members of the Group and to find out more about our activities. Admission charge of £2 applies, this includes a raffle ticket for the evening's prize draw.

We lead approximately 18 outdoor trips to bird sites each year. Most sites have free admission but some are dependent on membership and non-members may have to pay. Events are very seldom cancelled. If the weather is particularly poor it may be necessary for members to phone the leader in advance to check details - a phone number is given for every outdoor event. (A Cancellation email/website posting will be made whenever possible)
Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB or a local group to join us at our events. Birdwatching experience is not necessary, as our members are always very willing ready to share their expertise with beginners. Spare Binoculars/access to telescopes usually available.
If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.
Stout footwear, warm waterproof clothes and packed lunches are recommended for field trips.
We hope that members will do their best to reduce car use by car-sharing as much as possible. Please phone at least a week before the trip if you wish to car share.

Our indoor meetings and fieldtrips are listed on our events page.
See our trip reports page and our 'Blogspot' for Anecdotes, narratives and serious stuff http://liverpoolrspb.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/big-day-watch.html

November 2018

Wed
14

Dates with nature - Festival Gardens, Otterspool Riverside park

Location: Riverside Park gates, Riverside Drive.
Postcode: L17 4AZ (Google map)

This local park offers a variety of habitats and wildlife. A stroll down on to the promenade to look at the Mersey.

Festival Gardens is a beautiful tranquil space with oriental gardens, pagodas, lakes, waterways and waterfalls
http://liverpool.gov.uk/media/1356184/festivalgardens_map_web.jpg


Time: 11am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

Mon
19

Indoor Meeting featuring a talk - Ron Jackson Some birds and other aerial creatures of South West Lancashire

Location: Our indoor meetings are held in Mossley Hill Parish Church, (St. Mathew and St. James) near to the junction of Rose Lane and Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool

Postcode: L18 8DB (Google map)

Doors open 7pm, meetings commence at 7. 30pm, last about 2 hours with an interval. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available at the interval and this presents new members and visitors an excellent opportunity to meet existing members of the Group and to find out more about our activities.
Admission charge of £2 applies. This includes a raffle ticket for the evening's prize draw
Toilet facilities on site.
Disabled Parking bays available in car park at the hall. Please DO NOT park on the grass.

Tonight's speaker: Ron Jackson - A video presentation and talk in 4k resolution. He will give a talk detailing his experiences from north of the River Mersey.

Time: 7.30PM

Price: £2

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

Sun
25

RSPB Gayton Sands

Location: Meet at the Old baths car park, (past the Boathouse Pub)
Postcode: CH64 6RN (Google map)

A walk on the Wirral Way before watching the hide tide.
Come to Parkgate to see ducks, geese, wading birds and birds of prey exploring the marsh. During low tides, birds stay far out on the estuary, so the best time to visit is during high tide. That's when you could get great, close-up views of birds of prey hunting, or wading birds, depending on the season.

We will view from Parkgate promenade/ Parkgate Old Baths car park path near the Boathouse pub.
DO NOT wander out onto the saltmarsh as this can cause massive disturbance to the birds, the marsh is very unstable and you might also become stranded by the rising tides.

Parkgate promenade fully accessible, path from boathouse increasingly uneven and narrow.
No public toilets, local hostelries at your discretion!
Plenty of opportunities for a snack, Parkgate is famous for it's fish and chips and ice cream!


Car sharing possible contact leader. If car sharing, there will be a contribution made towards petrol costs.

Leader Chris Tynan

Time: 10am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: Christtynan@aol.com

December 2018

Mon
3

Indoor meeting featuring a talk by Anthony Brandreth - The wildlife of Chile and Peru

Location: Our indoor meetings are held in Mossley Hill Parish Church, (St. Mathew and St. James) near to the junction of Rose Lane and Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool

Postcode: L18 8DB (Google map)

Doors open 7pm, meetings commence at 7. 30pm, last about 2 hours with an interval. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available at the interval and this presents new members and visitors an excellent opportunity to meet existing members of the Group and to find out more about our activities.
Admission charge of £2 applies. This includes a raffle ticket for the evening's prize draw
Toilet facilities on site.
Disabled Parking bays available in car park at the hall. Please DO NOT park on the grass.

Tonight's speaker: Anthony Brandreth - 'Start off with Chile - then we hit Peru!!' A journey around the tip of South America, from Fiord to Desert, Whales, Albatross encounters, Hummers and Condors.

BIO Widnes born environmentalist/earth educator/naturalist, with a long list of experiences and tales of wild encounters and iconic species - a graduate of local authority Ranger Services and 10 years lecturing, and travelling the country observing wildlife, with a particular love of mammals, reptiles and birds, and working with people and communities.

Sharing a house with various large spiders, musical instruments and optical equipment, and never far away from wildlife and the great outdoors, approaching life with a sense of humour and wonder.

Time: 7.30PM

Price: £2

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

Sat
8

Dates with nature - RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands & Christmas meal at the Boathouse, Parkgate

Location: RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands is off the A540 (Chester High Road) and just 10 minutes from the M56. Look out for the brown signposts on the A540. Otherwise turn down Puddington Lane - the reserve entrance is just outside Burton village near to Bishop Wilson Primary School.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/Liverpool/places/341209/
Latitude/longitude: 53.257862,-3.021908 (Google map)

This reserve is another year older and improving all the time. With its new boardwalks and hides it offers full access for all. Soon to be the premier nature reserve in the North West. Meet at 10.00am and then if you fancy a Christmas meal we will heading into Parkgate in the afternoon, table booked for 2pm. (You will need to book onto the Christmas meal list - contact leader in advance).

Before Inner Marsh Farm Reserve was created, the inner Dee marshes off Denhall Lane were already well known birding hot spots. The grazed saltmarsh attracted huge flocks of wintering lapwing and lesser numbers of Golden Plover. In flood during the autumn tides, good numbers of migrant waders could be seen, especially Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Spotted Redshank, Ruff and large numbers of wildfowl, Bewick's Swan, Wigeon and Teal being the main species. In 1986 the RSPB purchased arable fields at Inner Marsh Farm, and a complex of freshwater pools and flood areas were developed. In 1988 Burton Point Farm was purchased and The reserve opened in June 1992. In 2008 Burton Mere fisheries was purchased, this led to the creation of the reserve today, and a name change.
The reserve today is home to Egrets and is visited by Raptors such as Harriers and Shorteared owls. Reed bed planting hopes to attract Bitterns and bearded tits.

Take your National RSPB Membership card with you - For non-members, admission charges apply.

Toilet Facilities

Hot and cold drinks/snacks in visitor centre

Dress appropriately, parts of path exposed.

Car sharing possible contact leader. If car sharing, there will be a contribution made towards petrol costs.

LEADER: Chris Tynan

Don't forget your Christmas hats & jumpers !!


Time: 10 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

January 2019

Sun
20

Dates with Nature - Big Garden Birdwatch at Sefton Park Palm House

Location: Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 1AP
Latitude/longitude: 53.381932834011081,-2.9394103816123622 (Google map)

Join us at Sefton Park's Palm House for our Big Garden Birdwatch event, deliberately held a week early to get you all prepared for the following weekend.
Big Garden Birdwatch enters its 40th year we need more people to take part and here is a chance to enthuse non birders to take part, so we will be in Sefton Parks Palm House showing people birds and nature. We need members' support to promotethis citizen science survey.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch will be held on Saturday 26th , Sunday 27th and Monday 28th January 2019.  All you need to do to take part is watch the local birds in your garden or park for an hour - visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch to register your participation.
For more information on Sefton Park Palm House, please visit www.rspb.org.uk/groups/Liverpool/places/341325/ or http://liverpoolrspb.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/and-so-ends-voting-of-liverpool-watch.html

Time: 12 noon til 4 pm

Price: Free admission

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

Mon
21

Indoor Meeting featuring a talk by Dan Trotman - RSPB Dee Estuary Visitor Experience Manager

Location: Doors open 7pm, meetings commence at 7. 30pm, last about 2 hours with an interval. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available at the interval and this presents new members and visitors an excellent opportunity to meet existing members of the Group and to find out more about our activities.
Admission charge of £3 applies. This includes a raffle ticket for the evening's prize draw
Toilet facilities on site.
Disabled Parking bays available in car park at the hall. Please DO NOT park on the grass.

Postcode: L18 8DB (Google map)

An update on RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands and the Dee Estuary

Time: 7.30

Price: £3

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

February 2019

Sat
23

Dates with nature - Venus pools

Location: Venus Pool is just south of the A458 Shrewsbury to Much Wenlock road between Cross Houses and Cressage. From Cross Houses, travelling south-east, take the second right, the unclassified road to Upper Cound. Venus Pool is now on the left of the road as you travel south and you will find the entrance gate as you go up the hill towards Venus Bank. The gate is usually open throughout the day but will be locked after nightfall. A car park will be found just inside the gate - please leave your car here and walk down the path to the hides. There is access for disabled members to a small car park close to the public hide. There are no toilet facilities on the site.
The reserve is open to non members although one hide is designated for members only.
You can obtain further details by visiting the Shropshire Ornithological website at www.shropshirebirds.com
Postcode: sy5 6aw (Google map)

A walk around this fine Shropshire reserve. With its 5 hides and various habitats it produces a vast array of different species
Venus Pool (usually known as "VP" to local birders) covers almost 27 ha (66 acres). In addition to the pool itself, with its islands and areas of open shoreline, other habitats include stands of willow scrub, extensive marginal vegetation, flower-rich grassland, hedgerows and woodland. An arable field to the south of the pool is planted with bird-friendly crops that provide winter food for birds.
The list for the site shows over 170 species including Red throated Diver, red and black necked Grebe and Bittern.,
Read more at http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/shropshire/places/351365/#So6TUdw3jFB4gtdW.99

Time: 10am

Price: free

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

March 2019

Mon
18

Indoor Meeting featuring a talk by Jeff Clarke - An Evening with Jeff Clarke *TBC

Location: Our indoor meetings are held in the church hall of Mossley Hill Parish Church, (St. Mathew and St. James) near to the junction of Rose Lane and Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool.
Postcode: L18 8DB (Google map)

Doors open 7pm, meetings commence at 7. 30pm, last about 2 hours with an interval. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available at the interval and this presents new members and visitors an excellent opportunity to meet existing members of the Group and to find out more about our activities.

Admission charge of £2 applies, this includes a raffle ticket for the evening's prize draw. .
Toilet facilities on site.
Disabled Parking bays available in car park at the hall. Please DO NOT park on the grass.

Tonight's speaker An Evening with Jeff Clarke

Jeff will be in full flow, entertaining us in his exuberant style.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £2

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

September 2019

Mon
16

Indoor meeting featuring a talk by Steve Culley - Birdwatching the Caucasus,Georgia *TBC

Location: Our indoor meetings are held in Mossley Hill Parish Church, (St. Mathew and St. James) near to the junction of Rose Lane and Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool.

Postcode: L18 8DB (Google map)

Doors open 7pm, meetings commence at 7. 30pm, last about 2 hours with an interval. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available at the interval and this presents new members and visitors an excellent opportunity to meet existing members of the Group and to find out more about our activities.
Admission charge of £3 applies, includes raffle ticket.
Toilet facilities on site.
Disabled Parking bays available in car park at the hall. Please DO NOT park on the grass.

Steve Culley - Birdwatching the Caucasus, Georgia
Steve was the Anglesey bird recorder for 16 years. He is well travelled around North Wales, the UK and abroad. This time Steve takes us to Georgia

Time: 7.30PM

Price: £3

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christynan@aol.com

October 2019

Mon
21

Indoor meeting featuring a talk by Barrie Cooper - Madagascar -Land of the Lemur

Location: Our indoor meetings are held in Mossley Hill Parish Church, (St. Mathew and St. James) near to the junction of Rose Lane and Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool
Postcode: L18 8DB (Google map)

Doors open 7pm, meetings commence at 7. 30pm, last about 2 hours with an interval. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available at the interval and this presents new members and visitors an excellent opportunity to meet existing members of the Group and to find out more about our activities.
Admission charge of £2 applies. This includes a raffle ticket for the evening's prize draw
Toilet facilities on site.
Disabled Parking bays available in car park at the hall. Please DO NOT park on the grass.

Tonight's speaker: Barrie Cooper -Madagascar- Land of the Lemur

Madagascar is an incredible island where evolution has created an amazing variety of wildlife. Famous for its lemurs, it also has an impressive range of endemic birds, including endemic bird families. Species such as ring- tailed lemurs ad dancing sifakas compete for attention with Madagascar's amazing bird life. Madagascar is also famous for it's chameleons and creatures such as giraffe- necked weevil

Time: 7.30PM

Price: £2

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com