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

October 2020


CANCELLED Field trip to the Great Orme

Location: Great Orme, LLandudno North Wales. OS Landranger map 116, grid reference SH781826.
Postcode: LL30 2XF (Google map)

The Great Orme is a peninsular adjacent to LLandudno that affords fine views along the cost, towards Snowdonia and out to sea. There are many interesting palces to visit on the Orme - for both historical and wildlife reasons. Our leader today knows the area very well and so we should have a good day.

Time: 8.00 am at Marple Library car park, in the Memorial Park, Marple.

Price: There is an entry fee for each car that goes past the lodge on to the Great Orme near the Grand Hotel.

Telephone: 07436 670269


Indoor meeting - CANCELLED a talk by Professor Tim Birkhead, titled: Long-term study of guilemots on Skomer

Location: Marple Senior Citizen's Hall, Memorial Park, Marple, STOCKPORT, Cheshire, SK6 6BA
Postcode: SK6 6BA (Google map)

Professor Tim Birkhead, who has filmed with Sir David Attenborough for a BBC film, will be our special guest speaker at our October meeting.

Prof Birkhead is a well-known UK ornithologist and best-selling scientific author whose research on bird reproduction and evolution has reached worldwide acclaim. He will talk about his career. His research, including his 46-year study of guillemots on Skomer Island in Wales, has resulted in greater understanding of bird's reproductive behaviour and highlighted why monitoring seabird populations can be an important indicator of the health of the whole marine environment in the face of climate change.
Tim talks about the long-term work on Skomer studying guillemots, and how that is being threatened by funding cuts. As the climate changes and we impact our environment in other ways, we need to monitor those things which are barometers, letting us know what effects we are really having.

During this talk Tim will also refer to his fascination with eggs that led to him writing his third book in 2017.

At the end of this talk there will be an opportunity for all members to donate financially to the Skomer Guillemot project to help ensure this valuable work of study continues.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group members free. £2.00 donation from non-group members. Children free.

Telephone: 07966 198472

November 2020


CANCELLED Field trip to Martin Mere

Location: WWT Martin Mere, Fish Lane, Burscough, Lancashire. See OS Landranger map 108; grid reference SD420144
Postcode: L40 0TA (Google map)

Meet in the Marple Memorial Gardens car park. Then the trip leader will lead us to the WWF Martin Mere Reserve.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: car parking is free but there is an entrance fee for all non-WWT member visitors.

Telephone: 07879 646856


Indoor meeting - CANCELLED a talk by Ashley Grove, titled: Crane spotting in Sweden

Location: Marple Senior Citizen's Hall, Memorial Park, Marple, STOCKPORT, Cheshire
Postcode: SK6 6BA (Google map)

Lake Hornborga in Sweden plays host to one of Europe's most spectacular wildlife watching experiences each spring. Over 25,000 common cranes stop here to refuel on route to their breeding grounds further North, joining hundreds of ducks, geese and whooper swans in the area. Time your visit well and you can also see all five of Europe's grebes here, white-tailed eagles, capercaillie, beavers and much more.

Wildlife photographer and tour leader, Ashley Grove will give us some geography and history on this wildlife rich area, all illustrated with stunning images from his experiences in Sweden.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group members free. £2.00 for non-group members.

Telephone: 07966 198472

December 2020


CANCELLED Field trip to Burton Mere Wetlands and Parkgate

Location: Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB Reserve. See OS Landranger map 117; grid reference SJ319739
Postcode: CH64 5SF (Google map)

A car trip to one of the RSPB's newest reserves. The hides are excellent, there is ample car parking at the new visitor centre and there are toilets. You can also have a coffee there.

The path to the former Inner Marsh farm Reserve is open and full of interest.

Nearby are the extensive Parkgate Marshes where raptors and owls may be seen.

Please ensure you have your RSPB membership card else you will pay the entrance fee.

Time: 8.00 am at Marple Library car park, in the Memorial Park, Marple

Price: Free to all RSPB members. Non-RSPB members will need to pay an entrance fee at the Visitor Centre of £4.00 to gain entrance.

Telephone: 0161 427 6745