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

May 2019

Sat
25

Dates with nature - Wirral Way

Location: Meet 10.30am at Hooton train station
Postcode: CH66 6AD (Google map)

A gentle walk on the Wirral looking for farmland birds and migrants, then onto Willaston Mere
Leader - John Clegg

Time: 10.30am

Price: Free. Carpark at Hooton is run by the local council and so there are parking charges

Telephone: 01515237353

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

June 2019

Sun
2

Dates with nature -RSPB Dovestone. Remember your RSPB membership card

Location: Meet at the main carpark in Bank Lane Greenfield
Council pay & display..Free parking for RSPB members (please ensure that your RSPB membership card is displayed in the windscreen- Be aware the car park can get extremely busy in good weather.

Postcode: ol3 7ne (Google map)

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Bird feeding zone at main car park and at the smaller Binn Green car park

Toilets at car park
(There are ice cream and hot food vans in the main car park, mainly at weekends or in good weather only)


https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/dove-stone/



Leader - Chris Tynan

Time: 10am

Price: Free, but donations are very welcome. Parking pay-and-display £1.80 for the day. Free Blue Badge. Free parking for RSPB members (please ensure that your RSPB membership card is displayed in the windscreen )

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

July 2019

Sat
6

Dates with nature - Warton Crag *Remember RSPB membership card - close to RSPB Leighton Moss

Location: Warton Crag car park, Crag Rd ..Just west of Warton Village Carnforth Lancashire
Postcode: LA5 9RY (Google map)

If you have never been to or even heard of Warton Crag, it lies approximately two miles away from the visitor centre at RSPB Leighton Moss. The name 'Warton' is derived from the Old English 'weard' meaning 'watch' or 'look-out' and 'tun' meaning 'farmstead'. The word 'crag' is from the Celtic 'crug' meaning 'hill' or 'mound'. Warton Crag is most definitely a mound that you could watch or look out from. It is a limestone hill, standing at 163 metres high, making it the highest point in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The limestone rock has been eroded to form natural cliffs, scars and outcrops. Part of it was once quarried leaving a dramatic cliff face that now provides nesting sites for ravens, jackdaws and peregrines. There are also patches of woodland up there, a summer home to willow warblers , bullfinches and blackcaps; grassland and its anthills attract green woodpeckers. A unique limestone habitat Warton Crag is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is owned and managed by four organisations including the RSPB, and LWT

There are several unusual butterflies on Warton Crag, such as the pearl-bordered fritillary, small pearl-bordered fritillary and the northern brown argus, with the rarest being the high brown fritillary.

https://www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/warton_crag_reserves_guide_2018.pdf

Walking trails - Warton Crag rises steeply from the car park, so the walks are quite tough.

Access - Rocky paths and steep walks mean this reserve isn't ideal for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.

No facilities

Time: 10am

Price: Free - Parking fee will apply

Telephone: 07722 484996

E-mail: seanoh295@yahoo.co.uk

August 2019

Sat
3

Dates with nature - Thurstaston Country Park

Location: Meet in the Thor's stone/Thurstaston common car park off the A540.
Postcode: CH61 0HN (Google map)

Part of Wirral country park. A local site which we have all visited in the past but maybe not bird watched.

Thurstaston Hill, an area of sandstone outcrops with heathland, birch scrub, gorse, pine woods and mature woodland. This mix gives a variety of habitats for woodland birds and is particularly attractive to Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and numerous members of the tit family. In the more mature woodland both Green and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers can be seen along with Nuthatches and Jays.

Later on we will move down to the estuary, the shore here is a major feeding area for Shelduck, Black-tailed Godwits, Oystercatchers, Knot and Dunlin.


Leader - Sean O'Hara

Time: 10am

Price: free

Telephone: 07722484996

E-mail: seanoh295@yahoo.co.uk

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

Sun
29

Dates with nature - Hale Park & Pickerings Pasture NR

Location: Meet Hale Park
Town lane/High street
Postcode: L24 4AX (Google map)

We will be searching through Hale park for migrants and finches, before heading down to the estuary coastal path . Moving onto Pickerings Pasture Nature reserve later on...if were lucky the cafe will be open! http://www.thefriendsofpickeringspasture.org.uk/

Easy walking, however paths in woodland and along coast can be tricky. Benches sporadic at Hale. No facilities except for Pub .Dress appropriately can be chilly along coast.

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/Liverpool/places/353268/

Time: 10am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

October 2019

Sat
12

Our 2nd RSPB BIRD WATCHING & NATURE DISCOVERY CRUISE Saturday 12th October

Location: Book online now: https://bit.ly/2JbhBF5

Postcode: L3 1DP (Google map)

Back by popular demand! We've teamed up with the RSPB for our very special Bird Watching & Nature Discovery Cruise.

As we set sail along the Mersey and out into the bay we'll be looking out for long-tailed skuas, peregrine falcons, osprey and even Atlantic grey seals!

Experts will be on-hand to help answer questions and we'll have a limited number of binoculars available to hire. Whether you're an avid avian admirer or a birdie beginner, this is the perfect day out for all the family.


Departs Seacombe at 11am
Departs Pier Head Liverpool at 11.10am
Cruise Duration: 3 hours

Ticket Prices
Adults - £16
Children aged (3-15) - £8.00
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) - £44
Infant (age 0-2 ) - Free

https://leisure.merseytravel.gov.uk/merseyferries/category/30/12-03-2019/to/10-03-2020

Time: 11AM

Price: SEE SITE

Booking essential

Telephone: 0151 330 1003

E-mail: info@merseyferries.co.uk

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

Sat
26

Dates with nature - Connah's Quay Nature reserve

Location: At the reserve car park. See reserves website for directions
Postcode: CH6 5SJ (Google map)

We have booked in to visit the Deeside Naturalist Nature Reserve.
A high tide watch from the other side of the Dee. The Reserve is situated on a strip of land approximately one mile long on the south side of the Dee estuary just inside the Welsh border. The Reserve has an abundance of wildlife and during a recent survey seventeen different species of butterflies were identified. Over the years annual reports have shown a wide range of birds continuously visit the estuary and the surrounding salt marshes.

There are five hides with one having two storeys and is reckoned, by many members, to be the coldest place in the area - regardless of the time of year!


**You will need to let us know if you are coming

http://www.deenats.org.uk/aboutus.html

Time: 9.30am

Price: Entrance donation £2 per person LET US KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO GO

Booking essential

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

Wed
30

Dates with nature - Waterloo & Crosby Coastal Park

Location: Meet at the corner of South Road and Marine Crescent Crosby
Postcode: L22 8PQ (Google map)

As stroll around the four gardens and Crosby coastal park.

The area around Crosby beach, and Crosby Marine Park stretches from Waterloo to the estuary of the River Alt at Hightown. The Coastal Park is currently home to the Iron men of Antony Gormley's Another Place.

The Marine lakes at Crosby and Southport are always of interest and the vast expanse of sandy beach provides resting and feeding locations for flocks of wading birds where the dunes shelter new arrivals on the migration

The lakes and dunes have hosted exciting visitors over the yrs including long tailed duck, snow bunting, grey phalarope. lesser scaup and goldeneye.

Don't forget to have a peer through the railings at Seaforth NR whilst your there.

Facilities at Leisure centre
Easy walking, but wrap up warm could be chilly on the waterfront


Leader John -Clegg

Time: 11.30am

Price: free

Telephone: 01515237353

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

November 2019

Sat
16

Dates with Nature RSPB LEIGHTON MOSS - **REMEMBER your National RSPB membership cards

Location: RSPB Leighton Moss, Storrs lane, Silverdale

email :leighton.moss@rspb.org.uk
Telephone:01524 701601

Postcode: LA5 0SW (Google map)

Leighton moss is the largest remaining reedbed in north-west England, with shallow meres and fringing sedge and mixed woodland, attracts a wonderful range of wildlife to the area. It also boasts coastal saltmarsh lagoons which attract large numbers of wading birds including avocet, oystercatcher, curlew, redshank and dunlin.
Among its special birds are breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers, with water rails and pochards, and its mammals include otters, roe and red deer.
A mix of signposted nature trails,0.5 miles, 0.8 km to 2 miles, and 3.2 km. both flat and undulating.
Seven hides with the nearest hide to visitor centre only 160 yards (150 m) away. A mixture of seating, some with lower windows. And amazing views from the Sky Tower.

Visitor centre has a first floor cafe, accessible by stairs or lift.
Well stocked RSPB shop.
Toilet facilities.

Large car park, hard surfaced.

**REMEMBER your National RSPB membership cards for free entrance.

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

http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/leightonmoss/index.aspx

http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/Liverpool/reports/357307/

Time: 10am

Price: Leighton Moss Admission to hides and nature trails: £8 adults, £4 children -first child and under 5's free, concessions £5.50 Free to RSPB members

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

Tue
19

Indoor meeting featuring a talk by Nick Brooks - 'Chile- Top to Bottom'

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)

Nick the General manger of WWT Martin Mere is giving us a talk on Chile.
From watching three species of flamingos in the high Andes, bordering Bolivia, to hanging out with king penguins in Tierra Del Fuego and driving one of the worlds scariest roads, in search of the iconic Daimed Sandpiper Plover. Nick travelled the length of Chile by plane, car and boat in 2016. The talk is illustrated with pictures and video

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £3

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com

December 2019

Mon
2

Indoor meeting featuring a talk by Anthony Brandreth - 'Artery of Life'- The Upper Mersey Estuary

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)

Anthony Brandreth from the Artery of Life project puts people in touch with nature in and around the Upper Mersey Estuary

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £3

Telephone: 07831 352870

E-mail: christtynan@aol.com