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.

June 2018

Wed
20

Field trip - Burwardesley - evening

Location: Meet at the Sandstone Trail car park, Barracks Lane, Higher Burwardsley.
Postcode: CH3 9PF (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: 6.30 pm

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 01829 782145

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

Thu
21

Ellesmere Port Swift Walk

Location: Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port
Postcode: CH66 3NZ (Google map)

Leader: Roger Nutter

As part of the Swift Awareness Week 2018, we are holding a guided walk around Great Sutton to see swifts performing their breeding display.
Please email or phone the leader to book your place and for details of the meeting point.

This event is to raise awareness of Swifts and bring a focus to their plight and provide information about how to help them. The Swift is one of the few endangered species that individuals really can help in their own property and there are many groups across the country working hard to try to halt their dramatic decline of 50% in the last 20 years.

Time: 8.00 pm

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 01829 782237

E-mail: chester1rspb@btinternet.com

Wed
27

Evening field trip - Marford Quarry

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

This old sand and gravel quarry was the source of the aggregate for the construction of the Mersey Tunnel. It is now a SSSI and most noted for its invertebrates and wild flowers. Over 110 species of bees, wasps and ants have been recorded including rare solitary and spider hunting wasp species. Over 30 species of butterflies have been recorded and 300 species of plants including the rare wild liquorice, green flowered helleborine, bee orchids, pyramidal orchids and common twayblades. The site also has a healthy population of slow worms.

Newcomers are welcome
Car sharing is encouraged.
Please phone the trip leader at least three days before the event, for more details and to book your place.

Time: 6.00 pm

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 01829 770974

E-mail: rspbchester@googlegroups.com

January 2019

Wed
16

Indoor Meeting - Birdwatching Narbonnaise - Philippa Benson

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)

Birdwatching Narbonnaise - Mediterranean birding at its best

Discover the Narbonnaise regional park - a new birdwatching destination in the western Mediterranean, offering birdwatchers and other wildlife enthusiasts an incredible diversity of habitats in a compact area.
The wide range of habitats includes coastal lagoons, rocky limestone hills covered in scrubby garrigue vegetation, steep sided river gorges, evergreen oak forests and acres of vineyards.
From Bonelli's warbler to Bonelli's eagle, Slender-billed gull to Scops owl and Woodchat shrike to Wallcreeper (not forgetting the Flamingos!), nearly 40% of the Western Palearctic species can be seen in the Narbonnaise at different times of the year.
A trip here will provide birdwatchers with easily accessible views of most of the emblematic Mediterranean birds, orchids and butterflies.

As well as slides, the presentation will include a short film about birdwatching and wildlife in the Narbonnaise as well as introduction to the park's free smartphone application (to be launched at the Rutland Birdfair in August 2018), with interactive maps of the best birding spots and links to a network of birder-friendly accommodation, plus other useful information to help DIY birdwatchers arrange their own trip!

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 01244 335670

E-mail: RSPBChester@googlegroups.com