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.

January 2020

Sun
12

Field trip to the Old Moor RSPB Reserve

Location: Old Moor RSPB Reserve. See OS Landranger map 111; grid reference SE422022

Postcode: S73 0YF (Google map)

RSPB Old Moor is a 250-acre wetlands nature reserve lying on the junction of the north/south and east/west routes of the Trans Pennine Trail. The centre was opened in 1998 as part of the regeneration of the Dearne Valley and then developed further with the help of a lottery grant in 2002. The RSPB took over management of the site in 2003. The area around RSPB Old Moor contains several other wildlife areas including Wombwell Ings and Gypsy Marsh, (which are also managed by the RSPB), Broomhill Flash and Doveside Nature Reserve.

Old Moor is a favourite reserve of group members because it attracts a wide variety of waders, wildfowl and passerines.

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

Price: Free to all RSPB members, with an entry fee for non-RSPB members.

Telephone: 07971 636822

Mon
20

Indoor meeting - a talk by Barrie Cooper, titled: Belarus

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

Barrie worked twenty-six years for the RSPB, the last thirteen years as an international officer. He currently leads tours to four continents for The Travelling Naturalist wildlife tour company, and Naturetrek. His talk takes us to Belarus with its ancient forests, bogs and marshes making it a rich country for wildlife including azure tit and aquatic warbler. Mammals such as lynx, wolf, bison and beaver supplement a good selection of birds including raptors, owls and woodpeckers.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

February 2020

Sun
9

Field trip to Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve

Location: The site car park is located along Lunt Road, just outside Lunt Village towards Homer Green. It is open between the hours of 9.30am and 6.30pm daily.


See Landranger OS map 108; SD905350


Postcode: L29 7WL (Google map)

Lunt Meadows is a 77 hectares wetland nature reserve, located along the River Alt in North Merseyside. Developing habitats include wet grassland, reedbed, fen and open water. The site is managed primarily for breeding waders and water vole.




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

Price: Free

Telephone: 07973 727733

Mon
17

Indoor meeting - a talk by Gary Prescott, titled: The biking birder - Adventures of a Green Birder

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

Gary is a major figure in the eco-birding movement, which encourages birdwatchers to minimise their carbon footprint when travelling to see birds. Gary demonstrates how he manages to do this on his adventures, by walking, cycling and using a self-propelled boat wherever possible. Portable solar panels to recharge batteries for mobile phones and lights, cooking over wood fires and minimising the use of non-reusable containers also feature.

Gary works tirelessly for charities including The RSPB, The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT), Asthma UK and the Chaskawasi-Manu Rainforest children project in Peru.

He will talk about his birding exploits and show his wonderful pictures.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

March 2020

Sun
8

Field trip to Carsington Water and Beeley Moor

Location: Carsington Water. OS Landranger map 119, grid reference SK240510
Postcode: DE6 1ST (Google map)

Carsington water is surrounded by pasture with hedgerows of hawthorn and mature woodlands and younger plantation. The northern area of the reservoir is a wildlife zone with limited access. The rest of the reservoir is used for sailing and angling. There are four hides, one at the Wildlife Centre near the visitor`s centre, the other three are sign-posted and have good disabled access and can easily be accessed from the Sheepwash carpark. There is a parking charge for each car park.

In late autumn there will be good numbers of ducks, gulls, maybe a diver, with tree sparrows and other passerines abundant in the surrounding fields, hedgerows and woodlands.

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

Price: Free, but there is a charge for car parking

Telephone: 07879 646856

Mon
16

Indoor event - a talk by Paul Hobson, titled: The Garden

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

This talk looks at how successful Britain's gardens can be for wildlife. Paul will be giving a talk on garden birds and how to identify them. This will be helpful for people with a general interest in birds or who might like to start birdwatching so please invite family, friends or neighbours to come along.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

April 2020

Sun
19

Field trip to Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve

Location: Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve south of Tamworth. See OS Landranger map 128; grid reference SP192967.
Postcode: B76 9JG (Google map)

This is a day trip by car to Middleton Lakes.

The reserve nestles in the beautiful Tame valley, just south of Tamworth on the Staffordshire/ Warwickshire border. Since the RSPB acquired the site in 2007, we've worked hard to make sure the final restoration benefits birds, wildlife and visitors. The area is already regionally important for overwintering wildfowl such as pochards, tufted ducks and smews. Middleton Lakes will become the most important site for breeding waders in the Midlands. The lakes, reedbeds, meadows and woodlands make it one of the best birdwatching sites in the area.

We have also recently opened our new Lookout hide overlooking the northern scrapes.

Other special wildlife here includes otters, butterflies, wetland plants and dragonflies. The reserve has been designed with families in mind, so there are always lots of ways to enjoy nature, whatever the season.

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

Price: Free to all RSPB members but there an entrance fee non-RSPB members payable at the visitor centre.

Telephone: 07966 198472

Mon
20

Indoor meeting - a talk by Steve Watson, titled: The Northern Goshawk

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

Steve Watson is a raptor enthusiast with a particular interest in observing and understanding the behaviour of Peregrine Falcons in the field. He has produced and presented a series of illustrated talks on peregrines and goshawks and is a member of the Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group.

Steve will cover the ecology, population dynamics, hunting methods and general biology of this stunning raptor. His talk is brought to life with personal anecdotes and stunning high-definition flight and nest footage taken by professional TV cameramen.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

May 2020

Sun
17

Field trip to Padley Gorge

Location: PLongshaw Estate, near Sheffoeld, Derbyshire. See OS Landranger map 110; grid reference SK267800
Postcode: S11 7TZ (Google map)

This is another favourite place for many Group members. The gorge has a steep and rocky path (in places) that follows the busy, bubbling stream that falls from the moors above. The woodland comprises mainly silver birch and native hanging oak and is home to pied flycatcher, common redstart and many more elusive species.

When we last visited here we parked in the Nation Trust Longshaw Estate car park, which is accessed Padley Gorge.

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

Price: Free entrance but there is a charge in the Nation Trust car park for non-National Trust drivers.

Telephone: 07849 172288

Mon
18

Indoor meeting - a talk by Jim Almond, titled: Springtime in New England

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

For most of May 2012, Jim was on a tour of New England. This talk looks at the whole trip from getting the camera gear safely through customs, the odd mishap... to the birds and other highlights of the three states visited! Over 130 species of birds were seen including a good number of warblers, herons and most of these were photographed. Nature reserves, forests, the coast and gardens were the main habitats visited. Some of the native plants and creatures will also be featured. It was a truly memorable trip at absolutely the best time of year.

The talk concludes with an audio/visual finale, a very popular feature!



Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

June 2020

Sun
28

Field trip to Bempton Cliffs and North Cave Wetlands

Location: RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Bempton Cliffs, Cliff Lane, Bridlington. OS Landranger map 101; grid reference TA197738.




Postcode: YO15 1JF (Google map)

Bempton Cliffs lie on the northern coast of the 10km headland culminating in Flamborough Head, another excellent birding area and also famous for the sea-bird breeding colonies. We will enjoy excellent views of gannets and the auk species as well as many 'little brown jobs' that make their home on the cliff top fields.

We will most likely call in at North Cave Wetlands on the way home from Bempton.

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

Price: Free to all RSPB members but there an entrance fee non-RSPB members payable at the visitor centre.

Telephone: 0161 449 0299

August 2020

Sun
16

Field trip to Whixall Moss

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 theto 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