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

July 2018

Sun
1

Dates with nature - Anglesey, Puffin island Boat trip and Newborough Warren

Location: Starida Sea services, Beaumaris Kiosk
Alma street, Beaumarus , Anglesey

Postcode: LL58 8BS (Google map)

A day out with a difference as we will be boarding a boat in Beaumaris to take us around Puffin island while we search for puffins and other seabirds, a wonderful experience with panoramic views of the Snowdonia Mountain Range.

Puffin Island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and unfortunately it is not possible for visitors to land on the island, however if you want to see the birds then the best way is to take a boat trip around the island. The island is home to breeding populations of at least 10 species of seabird. Puffin, guillemot, razorbill, cormorant, shag, kittiwake, fulmar, herring, lesser black backed, greater black backed gulls. The east end of the island is home to a colony of grey seals which can be seen swimming in the sea or basking in the sunshine. The waters around Puffin Island are also home to bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise which occasionally come to the surface near the boat.

The Cruise lasts approximately 75 minutes.
**Price and departure time to be confirmed. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL..CONTACT CHRIS

Rest of the day at Newborough Warren and Llanddwyn Island National Nature Reserve, Newborough, Anglesey.
http://www.first-nature.com/waleswildlife/n-nnr-newborough.php

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



Time: 10am

Price: TBC

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

August 2018

Sat
11

Dates with nature - Hoylake

Location: RNLI North Parade, Hoylake, Wirral
Postcode: CH47 3AL (Google map)

There is nothing better than to watch waders moving around the beach as the tide rises.

The shore at Hoylake at the end of King's Gap road is a high tide roost for waders . Hundreds, if not thousands of Oystercatchers, Knot, Dunlin, Bar Tailed Godwit and Redshank should be seen, peak numbers occur in mid-winter. On the inland side of Hoylake are a group of marshy fields called the Langfields. This area, often flooded in winter, is always worth checking out for wildfowl and waders.

Toilet : Meols Parade, entrance is between the two bowling greens near the Junction with Hoyle Road

Time: 10am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

September 2018

Sat
1

Dates with nature - The Lydiate Loop

Location: Those going by car MUST NOT park at the Inn or nearby Old Hall Farm, instead take first right past the Scotch Piper on Southport rd, into Hall Lane, and park in the lane.
Postcode: L31 4HD (Google map)

This is a joint MNA walk , a wander round the fields and canal area looking for returning migrants.

Not too far from home, this walk will remind you that you don't need to travel far to appreciate what is right on our doorstep.. A 4 mile easy walk on country lanes, farmland and the towpath of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Some stiles on walk.
Good variety of species including early migrants likely.
No facilities on walk.

Leader John Clegg:523 7353 or Mobile 07879 230614

Time: 10.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

Mon
17

Indoor meeting featuring a talk by Mike Cain - Birds and other wildlife in Gambia

Location: 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, includes raffle ticket.
Toilet facilities on site.
Disabled Parking bays available in car park at the hall. Please DO NOT park on the grass.

Michael Cain - Gambia
Michael is talking about the birds and other wildlife of the Gambia and the charitable work he is involved with there.

Time: 7.30PM

Price: £2

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

Sun
23

Dates with nature - Migration Watch at Hale

Location: Meet Hale village shops
Town lane
Postcode: l24 4ag (Google map)

The wonders of migration are a complex issue and something lots of people don't see. This could be the day to witness huge numbers of birds on the move.
A walk to the coastal path, Hale lighthouse, and surrounding fields

Time: 7.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

October 2018

Sat
6

RSPB Blacktoft Sands

Location: Meet in the reserve car park - RSPB Blacktoft Sands, Ousefleet, East Yorkshire, DN14 8HR
Postcode: DN14 8HR (Google map)

Join RSPB Liverpool Local Group at RSPB Blacktoft Sands - a fully accessible site with great hides and spectacular wildlife at the start of the Humber estuary.

If you haven't visited the site before, then here is your chance. The largest intertidal reedbed in England and an important wildlife area in the Humber estuary. With its 474 acres/192 ha of tidal reedbeds, saltmarsh, mudflats and brackish lagoons, RSPB Blacktoft Sands has a wide variety of special birds - bearded tit, marsh harrier, water rail and avocet.

There are 6 hides in total. Facilities on site. A small selection of drinks and snacks are available from the lower level in the reception hut when open. Accessible toilet in the main toilet block in the car park. Wooden benches are found at regular intervals along both trails and between hides. The main trail has five viewing hides - all have wheelchair space provision and are surfaced with crushed limestone.

The Ousefleet trail is a total of 800m from reception, and leads to Ousefleet hide. Initially, it follows the main trail before heading away from it between Xerox and Marshland hide. From here the trail is surfaced with grass, and is a bit rough in places and may be difficult during wet conditions.. One viewing screen does not have provision for wheelchairs. First and Xerox hides have upper seating area only accessible via steps and again have fixed benches. Ousefleet, Marshland, Townend and Singleton hides are all on one level with fixed benches, except Marshland which has moveable benches.


Car sharing is available. Please contact Chris on 07831 352870 or email christtynan@aol.com For more information on RSPB Liverpool Local Group, please visit www.rspb.org.uk/groups/Liverpool    

Time: 10am

Price: Members free. Non-members: adults £4, under 16s £1, concessions £3, family £7. If car sharing, there will be a contribution made towards travel costs.

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

Mon
15

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 it's lemurs, it also has an impressive range of endemic birds, including endemic bird families. Species such as ring-tailed lemurs and dancing sifakas compete for attention with Madagascars amazing birdlife. 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

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