Events

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.

August 2020

Sun
16

CANCELLED

Location: Whixall Moss, Whitchurch, Shropshire. OS Landranger map 126. Grid reference SJ505366.
Postcode: SY13 2RT (Google map)

Straddling the English border, near Whitchurch in Shropshire and Wrexham in Wales, lies Whixall Moss, one of the biggest and best raised bogs in Britain. Its astonishingly varied wildlife makes it a place of international importance.

The reserve has 18 species of bog moss, as well as many other characteristic bog plants, such as the insect-eating round-leaved sundew, and more uncommon plants, too.

Cloudberry grows at a much lower altitude than at its principal upland sites, and northern species like crowberry meet southern ones like cranberry, reflecting the location of the Mosses at the southern limit of raised bog growth.

Invertebrates are thriving after the restoration of the bog, including raft spider, the window-winged sedge caddis fly, and 29 species of dragonfly and damselfly. True bog specialists, including the white-faced darter dragonfly and very rare picture-winged bog craneflies, are now back from the brink of extinction.
Adders and common lizard are also thriving. With the restoration of water levels, there have been major changes in the birdlife of the Mosses, the 166 recorded species including wetland birds such as breeding curlew, teal and shoveler. There have been many more sightings of raptors including hen harrier and hobby and over-wintering short-eared owl.

The richer outflow ditches of the Mosses are a stronghold for water voles.

The main habitats are lowland raised bog, wet woodland, wet peaty fields, heathland and Teesdalia grassland.

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

Price: Free

Telephone: 07973 727733

September 2020

Mon
7

Indoor meeting - a talk by Richard Stephenson, titled: Some birds of Eastern Europe.

Location: Location: Marple Senior Citizen's Hall, Memorial Park, Marple, STOCKPORT, Cheshire

Postcode: SK6 6BA (Google map)

Richard, our Group Leader, has travelled widely in Europe and has spent time in the several European countries. This evening he is going to talk about his experiences there and show pictures of the fascinating birds he encountered.

Richard's talk will be preceded by the Group's AGM.




Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

Sun
20

Field trip: Leasowe and the Wirrall

Location: Leasowe Lighthouse, Leasowe, Wirrall. OS Landranger map 108. Grid reference SJ252912
Postcode: CH46 4TA (Google map)

The North Wirral Coastal Park, on the Wirral Peninsula, England is a coastal park including public open space, common land, natural foreshore and sand-dunes. The park lies between Dove Point in Meols, and the Kings Parade in New Brighton. From the east end of Meols to New Brighton promenade stretches a large concrete embankment protecting the low lying land behind.

The Leasowe lighthouse conservation area offers a choice for the arriving birdwatcher, a vantage point on the sea wall behind the screens -with great views of the Dee and Mersey estuaries; on a clear day you can scan the waves all the way past the burbo bank wind farm and beyond to the Sefton coast sand dunes. The embankment gives good viewpoints both at low tide to see the waders and high tide for sea-watching. Or head inland to search through the varied habitat behind the embankment.

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

Price: Free parking

Telephone: 07967 589137

Mon
21

Indoor meeting - a talk by Nick Martin, titled: The Secret Wildlife of the Cairngorms

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

Nick is an amateur wildlife photographer with a passion for nature and the countryside. He offers images, talks, wildlife photography workshops and also wildlife interpretation advice (text for panels, leaflets etc.).
In his talk Nick reveals some of the special animals and birds of the Scottish Highlands from elusive pine marten to cryptic ptarmigan and finds out how these highland specialists exist in the most remote yet beautiful parts of Scotland. The Cairngorms recently featured in Springwatch.



Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

October 2020

Sun
18

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

Mon
19

Indoor meeting - 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

Sun
8

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

Mon
16

Indoor meeting - 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

Sun
13

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