Events

Meetings:
There is an interval halfway through the evening, when tea, coffee and biscuits are available and there is an opportunity to chat to other members or buy bird food. Visitors are always welcome.

Field trips:
These may have to be changed or cancelled at very short notice, e.g. due to weather or ground conditions. It is therefore essential that you always phone the trip leader a few days before the trip, to check the final details and book onto the trip. If the trip leader does not know you are coming, they cannot let you know of any last-minute changes to the trip.

For all the trips, we recommend stout footwear, and appropriate outdoor clothing for the prevailing weather. Many of the trips will last well into the afternoon, so you may want to bring a packed lunch and something to drink.

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. Newcomers and beginners welcome. Car sharing is encouraged.

Glossary of terms
HT means High Tide

If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

March 2018

Wed
14

Field trip - Sefton Park, Liverpool then Widnes/Runcorn parks if time

Location: Meet at the Sainsbury's end of Caldy Valley church car park, Caldy Valley Road, Chester, CH3 5PR

We'll explore Sefton Park for birds of parkland and lakes, moving on to Widnes/Runcorn parks if time.

Sefton park is an impressive 235-acre historic park in South Liverpool, with a large lake and lots of mature trees, including various monuments plus an eye-catching restored Palm House, which hosts various events.

Please call the trip leader, Ian Cameron, at least three days before the event to book your place and double-check the time and meeting place.

Time: Check with trip leader

Price: Car parking fees may apply, plus bridge or tunnel fees.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01829 770974

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

Wed
21

Indoor Meeting - Lammergeiers of the Spanish Pyrenees - Ashley Grove

Location: Christleton Parish Hall, Village Rd, Christleton, CH3 7AS (at junction Village Rd / Pepper Street). Overflow parking on road or at the church.

Postcode: CH3 7AS (Google map)

Lammergeiers must be one of those birds we all yearn to see at least once in our lifetime and this talk is packed with great images of these magical birds.

With images taken during visits to the Spanish Pyrenees in both winter and summer, you'll not only find out about the Lammergeier, but other vultures and raptors that frequent the area all year round.

The lecture also includes images of other local birds like Dartford and Subalpine Warblers, Hoopoe, Rock and Cirl Bunting, plus some of the local butterflies, plants and landscape.

for a taster, see http://www.ashleygrovewildimages.co.uk/galleries.php

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £2 for members or £4 for visitors (refreshments included).

Telephone: 01244 335670

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

Sat
24

Field trip - Clocaenog Forest

Location: Meet at the Sainsbury's end of Caldy Valley church car park, Caldy Valley Road, Chester, CH3 5PR

For woodland species and early migrants.

The Clocaenog Forest is in west Denbighshire and east Conwy, Wales on Mynydd Hiraethog.

It is 40 square miles (100 kmē), mostly coniferous softwoods under the control of the Forestry Commission. It was planted in 1905 on what was mostly moorland and many hill farms. It is a highland region, mostly above 350 metres. It is also one of the last mainland strongholds of red squirrels in Wales.

Please phone the trip leader, Brian Gresty, at least three days before the event, for more details and to book your place.

Time: Check with trip leader

Price: Free unless any car park fees.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01978 855663

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

April 2018

Sun
8

Field trip - Hale and Pickering's Pasture

Location: Meet at the Sainsbury end of Caldy Valley church car park, Caldy Valley Road, Chester, CH3 5PR
Postcode: CH3 5PR (Google map)

Mersey estuary watch with stunning views across and along the river, plus woodland birds and migrants. Maybe the cowslips will be out at Pickering's Pasture.

This walk is to be led by Bill Morton, otherwise known as the Frodsham Birder and author of the Frodsham Bird Blog, see frodshammarshbirdblog.com/author/birdingzombie/

Please ring the trip leader, c/o Helen, at least three days before the event to book your place and double-check the details.

Time: Check with trip leader

Price: free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07515 143112

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

Wed
18

AGM and Indoor Meeting - RSPB Burton Mere update - Dan Trotman

Location: Christleton Parish Hall, Village Rd, Christleton, CH3 7AS (at junction Village Rd / Pepper Street). Overflow parking on road or at the church.
Postcode: CH3 7AS (Google map)

After our brief AGM, we have an update on our local reserve.

Dan is the Visitor Experience manager at our local reserve, RSPB Dee Estuary Reserve at Burton Mere Wetlands on the Wirral.

His illustrated talk will cover developments and sightings over the past couple of years, changes in habitat and species, and hopes for the future.

Time: 7.00 AGM, followed at 7.30 by talk

Price: £2 for members or £4 for visitors (refreshments included).

Telephone: 01244 335670

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

May 2018

Sat
5

Field trip - Local Dawn Chorus then Breakfast

Location: Meet at Countess of Chester Country Park, Countess Way, Chester CH1 4ED
Postcode: CH1 4ED (Google map)

Pre-dawn stroll for dawn chorus plus views of early birds at Countess of Chester Country Park, then breakfast nearby. Meet at venue.

Please phone trip leader, Norman Sadler, at least three days before the event to book your place and double-check the details.

Time: Check with trip leader

Price: Free (except if you buy breakfast)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01244 335670

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

Wed
16

Evening field trip - Warburton's Wood

Location: Meet at the Sainsbury end of Caldy Valley church car park, Caldy Valley Road, Chester, CH3 5PR
Postcode: CH3 5PR (Google map)

An evening exploration of this ancient woodland near Kingsley, for migrants and woodland birds plus spring flowers. NB the site is hilly with uneven unpaved paths, which may be muddy.

Please call the trip leader, John Chapman c/o Liz, a few days before the event to book your place and double-check the details.

Time: Check with trip leader

Price: Free.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01244 409414

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

June 2018

Sun
3

Field trip - Anglesey

Location: Meet at the Sainsbury end of Caldy Valley church car park, Caldy Valley Road, Chester.
Postcode: CH3 5PR (Google map)

A full day trip, aiming to visit RSPB Valley Wetland, South Stack and Cemlyn Bay (high tide 10.30) mainly for seabirds, including terns.

Please call the trip leader, Roger Nutter, at least three days before the event to book your place and double-check the time and meeting place.

Time: Check with trip leader

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 01829 782237

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

Sat
16

Coach trip to RSPB Leighton Moss reserve

Location: Leighton Moss is near Carnforth, Lancashire. Grid reference: SD478750.

Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in north-west England, and home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. You might see deer too, not to mention butterflies aplenty!

Choose from a selection of trails and hides, most of which are suitable for wheelchairs, and get right to the heart of the reedbed. Or take the nature trail alongside two coastal lagoons to see lots of wading and water birds (ask in the visitor centre for more details).

Leighton Moss is an ideal place for people new to birdwatching with a wide variety of birds to be seen throughout the year.

There is a good restaurant serving hot meals, snacks, cakes and drinks and also a shop, stocking items ranging from binoculars and telescopes to birdfood and gifts.

Read more at www.rspb.org.uk/Leighton_Moss

Park in Sainsbury's car park, in the row nearest the road and bus stop, Caldy Valley Road, Chester, CH3 5QJ. The coach will pick up at the nearby bus stop.

Time: Meet 7.45 for prompt departure at 8.00 am

Price: Coach cost £15 earlybird until end of March then £17. Entrance to the reserve is free to RSPB members. Non-members: free to the visitor centre and tearoom. Possible admission charges to the main reserve.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01244 400433

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

Wed
20

Field trip - Burwardesley - evening

Location: Meet at the Sainsbury end of Caldy Valley church car park, Caldy Valley Road, Chester
Postcode: CH3 5PR (Google map)

An evening walk. This area includes heathland, woodland, hills with good views, and most of the migrants should have arrived. Plenty to see, from little birds singing in the trees, to swifts, swallows and martins hunting through the skies. A drink in the Pheasant will round off the evening (optional).

Please call the trip leader, Bernard Wright, at least three days before the event to book your place and double-check the time and meeting place.

Time: Check with trip leader

Price: free

Booking essential

Telephone: 01829 782145

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com