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 2018

Sun
7

Firld trip to Parkgate, Wirral

Location: Parkgate is a small town on the southern shore of the Wirral peninsula. See OS Landranger map 117; grid reference SJ278782
Postcode: CH64 6SA (Google map)

This a car trip to to the Wirral - one of our favourite places. The itinerary will include a numbwer of 'hot spots' on the Wirral ending at Parkgate for the late afternoon raptor roost.

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

Price: Free but there may be some public car park charges.

Telephone: 07580 708471

Mon
15

Indoor event - a talk by Ashley Grove titled: Trinidad and Tobago - Home of the Hummingbird

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

This talk includes lovely images of these little jewels, and gives fascinating facts about some of the world's smallest birds.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 0161 427 0881

February 2018

Sun
11

Field trip to Carsington Water

Location: Carsington Water near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Landranger map 119; grid reference SK251516
Postcode: DE6 1ST (Google map)

This is another day trip by car. The reserve has circular path round the reservoir, four hides and a cafe and extensive visitor centre in the complex.

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

Price: There is a car park charge for all visitors, otherwise there are no entry fees.

Telephone: 07933 732742

Mon
19

Indoor meeting - a talk by Dan trotman: Burton Mere Wetlands - the Early Years

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

Dan Trotman is the Visitor Experience Manager, Dee Estuary RSPB. He will talk on the history of and future plans for the reserve as well as telling us about the birds that can be seen there.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

March 2018

Sun
11

Field trip to Beeley Moor

Location: Beeley Moor, between Rowsley and Chesterfield. See OS Landranger map 119; grid reference SK294683
Postcode: DE4 2NR (Google map)

This is a car trip to the moorland wilds of Derbyshire. The trip leaders may include other places to visit, but we hope to see raptors and maybe a shrike here.

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

Price: Free.

Telephone: 07973 727733

April 2018

Mon
16

Indoor meeting - a talk by Tom Lawson: The Tibetan Plateau

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

Tom Lawson takes us to the Tibetan Plateau to cover his travels around this distant and remote place. Tom's talks are always delivered with enthusiasm and cover places many of us will never visit.


Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

Sun
29

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: 07879 646856

May 2018

Sun
13

Field trip to Padley Gorge

Location: Padley Gorge, Grindleford, Derbyshire. See OS Landranger map 119; grid reference SK251787
Postcode: S33 2HY (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.

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

Price: Free entrance but there may be a local car park charge.

Telephone: 07849 172288

Mon
21

Indoor meeting - a talk by Dr Mike Leach titled: The Childrens' Eternal Forest

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

Bosque Eterno de los Ninos is one of the largest wildlife reserves in Central America. This cloud forest is home to howler monkeys, sloths, hummingbirds and species still unknown to science. It was saved by children - from all around the world.

Dr Mike Leach tells the story of the forest and how it was saved by some remarkable children.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

June 2018

Sun
17

Field trip to Bempton Cliffs

Location: Flamborough Head, East Yorhshire. OS Landranger map 101; grid reference TA197738.
Postcode: YO15 1AP (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.

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: 07880 995115

August 2018

Sun
12

Field trip to Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve

Location: Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve. See OS Landranger map 102; grid reference SD478 750
Postcode: LA5 0SW (Google map)

A car trip to the Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve, which is four miles to the NW of Carnforth. There will be plnty of birds to hear and see both around the main reserve areas and the Eric Morcambe hide complex. The key birds to listen for include bearded tit, reed warbler and sedge warbler. Hopefully, marsh harriers and bitterns will be seen flying over the extensive reedbeds.

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 Leighton Moss Visitor Centre to gain entrance.

Telephone: 0161 427 4649

September 2018

Sun
9

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
17

Indoor meeting - a talk by Polyanna Pickering titled: A Brush with Wildlife

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

Polyanna Pickering tells heart warming and often amusing stories of just a few of the many hundreds of creatures that passed through her care, and shows a selection of the sketches and paintings for which she is renowned.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

October 2018

Sun
7

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.

Telephone: 07436 670269

Mon
15

Indoor meeting - a talk by Professor Ian Rotherham titled: Shadow Woods - a search for Lost Landscapes

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

Professor Ian Rotherham, Reader at Sheffield Hallam University, talks about recent research that has highlighted both the presence of 'ghosts' of 'lost woods', and the presence of 'shadows' of one-time tree'd landscapes in the British countryside.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

November 2018

Sun
11

Field trip to Winnick, Pickering Pastures, Carr Lane Pools and Hale Head

Location: Winnick, Pickering Pastures and Hale Head. Grid Ref SJ491837
Postcode: WA8 8LP (Google map)

Firstly we are visiting farm site just outside the village of Winnick - a few miles from junction 9 on the M62.

Then we shall be visiting Pickering Pastures, followed by Carr Lane Pools and Hale Head. All places should afford excellent views of the Mersey. The waders recently seen in the area include little stint and curlew sandpiper. We might even see some interesting gulls.

Time: 8.00 am at Marple Library car park

Price: Free to all RSPB members and non-RSPB members

Telephone: 0161 494 5367

Mon
19

Indoor meeting: A talk by Dr Kevin Briggs titled: Confessions of a Lunatic

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

Dr Kevin Briggs talks about the long-term ecology of species common to the Lune valley including the breeding behaviour of key species.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07966 198472

December 2018

Sun
2

Field trip to Fylde Coast and Marton Mere

Location: Fylde coast, possibly starting at Lytham St Annes. However, if you wish to meet the group at the destination point please contact the trip leader before you leave home. OS Landranger map 102; grid reference SD341274.
Postcode: FY8 1BD (Google map)

This trip will take in the Ribble estuary areas near Lytham St Annes and possibly other nearby sites before moving to Marton Mere, which is near Blackpool zoo. If the tides favour an afternoon birding at Lytham and the coast, then the itinaerary will be adjusted to suit.

On the Ribble marshes there should be large numbers of wildfowl and geese, while at Marton we may see bittern or long-eared owl.

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

Price: Free but there may be some car parking charges.

Telephone: 07966 198472