Places to see birds

Liverpool Parks - Sefton Park

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Liverpool Parks - Sefton Park
Sefton Park feeding station - Laura Bimson

Liverpool RSPB is no stranger to Sefton Park; we regularly hold events in the Palm House such as the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch and Feed the birds day. Visits are also included in our annual outdoor field trips.
The Hyde Park of Liverpool is teeming with wildlife. The park, with its large fields, wooded areas, lakes and ponds acts as a haven for wildlife.
The streams, ponds and lake in Sefton Park are home to a variety of water birds. Graceful mute swans swim alongside flocks of canada geese in the main lake. While around the numerous islands and in the smaller ponds found throughout the park, varieties of duck can be found such as mallard and tufted duck, as well as moorhens, coots, herons, gt crested and little grebes, cormorant and even mandarin have been seen in the park. Various gulls squabble on the lakes, always worth scanning as rarer gulls such as med gull have been recorded.
Other birds that have made their home in the park include, the house martin which can be seen swooping over the main lake and the surrounding embankments hunting for insects. Numerous woodland & garden birds come to the feeding station and frequent the park, such as robins, sparrows, blackbirds, nuthatches, song and mistle Thrush, treecreeper, goldcrest, blue, gt, coal and long tailed tits and greenfinch, goldfinch and chaffinches. Larger birds around are magpies, jackdaws, crows, jays, wood pigeons and woodpeckers. Winter visitors include fieldfare and redwing. Ring neck parakeets are the latest residents and can be seen around the feeding station at the back of the Palm House, listen out for their squeaky dog toy call!
The grey squirrel has also found the park to be an ideal home and can often be seen around the wooded areas, while the water vole, often confused with the rat, may be seen scurrying around the banks of the streams.
Worth a visit if only initially to get out of the weather is the wonderful Palm House. Completed in 1896, the Palm House has a 70ft glass domed roof. Stocked originally with a magnificent collection of exotic plants, the Liverpool's Botanical Collection was brought to the city from all over the world through its maritime trade and is one of the largest municipal collections in the country. There are 9 marble statues on display inside together with a marble bench. On plinths around the outside there are a further 8 bronze/marble statues of famous explorers and naturalists, such as Darwin, Captain Cook, Columbus and Linnaeus. The Palm House is also home to a fine sculpture of Peter Pan - Commissioned by the author JM Barrie, as a gift to the public. In 1941 during the May Blitz a bomb fell nearby and the Palm House had all its windows blown out, fortunately the structure of the building remained sound. The Palm House in recent years has been restored to its former glory through lottery funding. .

Sefton Park
Liverpool L17 1AP

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