Events

Whether you are a member or not, please feel free to come along to any of the events listed below. You will receive a very warm welcome from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group

September 2018

Fri
28

Weekend Away: North Lancashire Coast (based in Morecambe)

Location: Based at The Clarendon Hotel
Marine Road West
Morecambe
Postcode: LA4 4EP (Google map)

In October 2015 we had a splendid autumn weekend based in Morecambe. So we will return there in 2018 for an autumn two- or three-night break, arriving on Friday 28 September and departing on Sunday 30 September or Monday 01 October. We will stay at the Clarendon Hotel on the seafront.

The Morecambe Bay area includes pools, marshes, mudflats and coastal areas with a good range of resident and wintering birds. Wildfowl and waders should be plentiful and the whole area has a reputation for rarities popping up on a regular basis. As well as Morecambe itself, likely places which we will visit are Leighton Moss, Warton Crag, Hest Bank, Heysham, Conder Green, Glasson Dock and perhaps Pilling Lane Ends.

The cost for dinner, bed & breakfast for two or three nights will be £65 per person per night sharing a double/twin room and £70 per night single. All rooms are en-suite and come with the usual facilities including tea/coffee-making equipment. If you want extra nights, they can be booked at the same rates subject to availability.
If you wish to reserve a place, please advise Graham Palmer, 8 Rydal Place, Macclesfield, SK11 7XU (tel. 01625 420179, e-mail graham@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk) as soon as possible. Strictly speaking, bookings have already closed, but it is very likely that we can still get you a place. A deposit of £40 per person will be required at the time of booking (cheques payable to "Provincial Hotels & Inns"). You will pay the balance direct to the hotel at the end of your stay. You can find details of the hotel at www.clarendonhotelmorecambe.com, but please do NOT book via that website.

Time: 7 pm

Price: £65.00 pp per night (Shared double/twin) £70.00 pp per night (Single)

Telephone: 01625 420179

E-mail: graham@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

October 2018

Tue
9

Discovering Doñana - Paul Kenyon

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

This will be the first talk Paul has given to our group. He is chairperson of the Mid-Cheshire Ornithological Society based in Northwich and also manages a small local nature reserve, Marshall's Arm, on the River Weaver, which he visits almost daily.
His talk takes us further afield to the Doñana National Park in Andalusia, Southern Spain, an area he has visited many times in the last 17 years. It is an area of marshes, shallow streams, sand dunes and a river delta where the Guadalquivir River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The park features a great variety of ecosystems and shelters wildlife including thousands of European and African migratory birds, deer, wild boar, and endangered species such as the Spanish imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx. Over 300 species may be sighted there annually. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994 it is considered to be the largest nature reserve in Europe.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Thu
11

Special Event - Coffee Morning

Location: Gawsworth Methodist Community Hall
Congleton Road
Gawsworth
Macclesfield
Postcode: SK11 9QZ (Google map)

Take an opportunity to see this year's range of RSPB Christmas cards while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee with biscuits. A selection of homemade cakes and preserves will be available to purchase as well as winter food for the birds.
All welcome

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Price: Entry is free - £1 for coffee/tea and biscuits.

Telephone: 01625 617384

E-mail: sales@macclesfieldrsph.org.uk

Sat
13

Special Event: 'Nature Needs You' - Welly Walk

Location: West Park
Prestbury Road
Macclesfield
Contact: Tina Hanak 07870 804413 or visit Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers website.
Postcode: SK10 3BJ (Google map)

Join RSPB Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers 'Nature Needs You' event at West park.
Welly Walk is bigger and better this year as the Wildlife Explorers join forces with Macclesfield Town Council for a day of family nature and outdoor activities.

Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm

Price: Free, all welcome.

Telephone: 07870 804413

November 2018

Tue
13

The City - Paul Hobson

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

Paul is a regular visitor to our group - his last talk was in October 2015. He studied for a degree in Environmental Science in the 1970s, specialising in wildlife conservation, and lectured in this field for 20 years before becoming a full-time wildlife photographer. He has numerous international photographic awards to his credit.
Grey, concrete dominated, urban landscapes never spring to mind when we think about watching wildlife. However, the towns and cities we inhabit are not solely comprised of human dwellings. An increasing number of birds, mammals, insects and plants find the harsh conditions actually to their liking and have made a home alongside our own. The talk will explore the many micro habitats and the species of British wildlife that have colonised our urban sprawl.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

December 2018

Sun
2

Outdoor Meeting: Northwich Woodlands & Flashes followed by a festive lunch

Location: Witton Mill Car Park
Off Old Warrington Road
Northwich
Follow signs for 'Household Waste Site' then pass the waste site entrance to access the car park, over the bridge on your left (LR Grid Reference SJ663747, WGS84 N 53.26864 W2.50630)
Latitude/longitude: 53.26864,-2.50630 (Google map)

Come and join us at 9.30am for some birdwatching followed by a festive 12.30 pm lunch.
The woodlands and flashes attract some interesting birds in the winter months. The absence of leaves may make the elusive lesser spotted woodpecker easier to find and the flashes may hold good numbers of wildfowl.

Lunch will be at the Salt Barge, Ollershaw Lane Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES
(LR Grid Reference SJ670755, WGS84 N 53.275075 W 2.495917).

Book with Lydia Taylor by the November Indoor meeting to secure your place.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Lunch cost to be announced.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01260 275248

Tue
11

Belarus and Estonia (Europe's Secret Wildlife Hotspots) - Barrie Cooper

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

This will be the first talk Barrie has given to our group. He worked for the RSPB for 26 years, the last 13 as an International Officer, and currently leads wildlife tours.
The former Soviet state of Belarus positioned between Poland and Russia still has ancient forests, meadows, bogs and wetlands that are rich in wildlife. Large areas of the country are sparsely populated and as a result there are many areas where nature has been left to follow its natural course. Mammals such as lynx, bison and beaver supplement a good selection of birds including raptors, owls, woodpeckers and waders.
Estonia, another former Soviet state on the edge of the Baltic, is positioned on a major migration fly-way, particularly in autumn when millions of passerines pass through the centre of the country and well over 50 million waterfowl and shorebirds fly over the north western coast.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

January 2019

Tue
8

The Great Texas Birding Trail - Dennis Atherton

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

This will be the first talk Dennis has given to the group. A keen birder and photographer he likes to travel and see birds from far and wide.
His talk will follow The Texas Coastal Birding Trail, a state-designated system of trails, bird sanctuaries and nature reserves running along the entire length of the Texas Gulf Coast. He will be dropping in at all the local hotspots looking for up to 30 species of American warblers during peak migration on their way north across the Gulf of Mexico as they make their way back to their breeding grounds in America and Canada. He will also check out the stunning coastal shore birds and exotic raptors before making a trip to the Rio Grande for Mexican specialities.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Sat
26

National RSPB Event: Big Garden Birdwatch

Location: West Park
Prestbury Road
Macclesfield.

Meet outside the café in the park.
Contact: Tina Hanak 07870 804413 or visit the Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers website.
Postcode: SK10 3BJ (Google map)

Contribute to the state of bird populations across the country by taking part in the RSPB's 'Big Garden Birdwatch' with help from birdwatchers from the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group and Wildlife Explorers. There will be advice on using binoculars and telescopes and help with identifying common garden birds, as well as lots of helpful hints on completing your own survey at home.

Time: 10.00 am to 12 noon

Price: Free, all welcome.

Telephone: 07870 804413

February 2019

Tue
12

The Long Spring - Laurence Rose

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

Laurence has worked for the RSPB for over 30 years. He is a lifelong naturalist and conservationist whose work has ranged from creating urban greenspace to advocating global treaties and has worked for the RSPB in roles as diverse as nature reserve management, Head of European Programmes and Corporate Strategy Developer.
In February 2016 Laurence crossed the Mediterranean from North Africa and set off on a series of journeys northwards towards the Arctic coast of Norway, all the while keeping pace with the arrival of spring. Like a modern-day pilgrimage, he was accompanied by fellow wayfarers, migrating swallows and cranes and later, wild swans and eagles. He witnessed the awakening of a continent from its winter slumber and encountered new behaviours, such as storks that no longer migrate, exploring how they link to climate change. From Spain he headed north through France and Britain. Crossing over to Sweden, Finland and Norway, he ended his travels four months later as the long Arctic days stretched into continuous daylight. His book, 'The Long Spring', which tracked the arrival of spring through Europe was published in March 2018.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

March 2019

Tue
12

Our Disappearing Swifts. What Can We Do? - Tanya and Edmund Hoare

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

Tanya and Edmund are swift enthusiasts and part of the national and international swift network. They set up a local swift group in Cumbria, Sedbergh Community Swifts, whose aim is to preserve these iconic birds that give such delight in summer as they swoop around our rooftops in towns and villages.
They have a colony of swifts nesting in the eaves of their cottage, with cameras installed, and their talk will include video clips of many aspects of swift behaviour. The latest research on their remarkable migration and their incredible aerial lifestyle will also be presented. Sadly these amazing birds are in serious decline and the reasons for this, and what can be done to help, will be discussed. Unless awareness is raised of the threats they face we could be in danger of losing our swifts altogether.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Thu
28

Special event - Coffee Morning

Location: Gawsworth Methodist Community Hall
Congleton Road
Gawsworth
Macclesfield
Postcode: SK11 9QZ (Google map)

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with biscuits at Gawsworth Community Hall. A selection of homemade cakes and preserves will be available to purchase as well as the usual bird food.
All welcome

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Price: Entry is free - £1 for coffee/tea and biscuits.

Telephone: 01625 617384

E-mail: sales@macclesfieldrsph.org.uk

April 2019

Tue
9

Birds: their hidden world - Peter Holden

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

Peter was on the RSPB staff for more than 40 years. Initially he ran the RSPB's junior membership, during which time he devised the Big Garden Birdwatch. Later he headed the RSPB's volunteer programme. He has co-authored more than a dozen books, including the RSPB Handbook of British Birds. In the 2009 New Year's Honours list he was awarded an MBE for services to Nature Conservation.
The talk, based on aspects of his book of the same title looks at British birds and their amazing lives with the sort of information that most bird books leave out. He looks at their adaption and aspects of reproduction: from the secretive time of acquiring a territory and building a nest to their highly developed social behaviour and the roles of the different sexes. He will also consider the purpose of bird song, by listening to common examples, and will explore the mystery of mechanical sound used by a few familiar species. Finally, he will consider, if left to their own devices, how long can these birds survive in the wild.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Group members £1, Visitors £4.50, Under 18s Free - ALL WELCOME

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Tue
16

Walk with Nature: Danes Moss Cheshire Wildlife Trust Reserve

Location: Homebase car park, Lyme Green Retail Park, SK11 0TA
LR Grid Reference SJ913712, WGS84 N53.23756, W2.13152
Latitude/longitude: 53.23756,-2.13152 (Google map)

Join us on the boardwalk of Macclesfield's closest nature reserve. We will be looking for woodland birds and early summer migrants.
Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
Leaders: Alan Brereton 01625 615628 and Ian Taylor 01260 275248

Time: 8.00 am to 10.30 am

Price: Free, all welcome.

Telephone: 01625 615628

Thu
18

Walk with Nature: Northwich Flashes

Location: Witton Mill Car Park
off Old Warrington Road
Northwich LR Grid reference SJ663747, WGS84 N53.26864, W2.50630
Follow signs for 'Household Waste Site', then pass the waste site entrance to access the car park over the bridge on your left.
Latitude/longitude: 53.26864,-2.50630 (Google map)

Join us for a morning walk around Neumann's and Ashton's Flashes searching for early spring migrants. Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
Leaders: Ian Taylor 01260 275248 and Ray Evans 01625 432635.

Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome.

Thu
25

Walk with Nature: Three Shire Heads

Location: Meet at Sparbent lay-by on the A54 Congleton to Buxton road.
LR Grid Reference SK001692, WGS84 N53.21966, W1.99952

Latitude/longitude: 53.21966,-1.99952 (Google map)

Join us to search for ring ouzel and summer plumaged golden plover where the counties of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire meet.
Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
Leaders: Ray Evans 01625 432635 and Alan Brereton 01625 615628

Time: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome.

Fri
26

Elan Valley Weekend away

Location: The Elan Valley lies west of Llandrindod Wells and backs on to the RSPB's Carngaffallt Reserve.

Our Spring Weekend Away in 2019 will be a departure from our previous ones. Instead of organising the weekend ourselves we are going on one organised by the Elan Valley Lodge in mid-Wales. We will arrive on Friday 26th, stay two nights with birding on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th, before leaving for home later on that Sunday.
The weekend break will include:
• 2 x nights bed and full breakfast
• Two days packed lunches with a wide selection of sandwich fillings.
• Three course evening meals Friday and Saturday.
• Tea and coffee throughout our stay with homemade cake Friday and Saturday afternoon.
• Licensed honesty bar with selection of wines and beers.
• Local expert guide for Saturday & Sunday who will plan the days to suit our party and the weather conditions.
We will be looking out for red kite, peregrine falcon, merlin, ring ouzel, raven and dipper as well as the many species found in the old oak woodlands, including redstart, pied and spotted flycatcher, wood warbler, lesser spotted woodpecker and hawfinch.

The space situation is that we still have room for a couple or two friendly singles provided that they are willing to take two adjacent single rooms ("Jack and Jill's") with a private en-suite shower room between them: there are no twin rooms left.

Time: We will arrive on Friday 26th, stay two nights with birding on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th, before leaving for home later on that Sunday.

Price: The cost of the two-night weekend break is £177 per person with no single supplement.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01625 420179

E-mail: graham@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Tue
30

Walk with Nature: Dawn Chorus at the Brickworks

Location: Meet at Jackson's Brickworks Car Park, Pool House Road, Higher Poynton
LR Grid Reference SJ947844, WGS84 N53.35616, W2.08068

Latitude/longitude: 53.35616,-2.08068 (Google map)

Join us for a Dawn Chorus walk around the former Jackson's Brickworks on the Middlewood Way. We will listen and look for the area's resident birds as well as early spring migrants including chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and garden warbler
Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing
Leaders: Ray Evans 01625 432635 and Ian Taylor 01260 275248 with Cheshire East Ranger, Peter Dowse

Time: 6:00 am to 8:00 am

Price: Free, all welcome.

May 2019

Thu
2

Walk with Nature: Trentabank Reservoir

Location: Meet at Trentabank Reservoir Visitor Centre car park, Macclesfield Forest, Macclesfield SK11 0NE.
LR Grid Reference SJ962713, WGS84 N53.23738, W2.05907.
Latitude/longitude: 53.23738,-2.05907 (Google map)

Come and join us along with members of the Macclesfield Lifestyle Group and Rossendale Trust to see the herons, cormorants and possibly mandarin ducks at Trentabank Reservoir.
This session will only require walking from the car park to the reservoir viewing point. Any ability or mobility welcome, telescopes will be available to assist viewing of the birds.
The weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
Leaders: Abercrombie 07775 904683 or Lydia Taylor 01260 275248

Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome.

Thu
2

Walk with Nature: Birds of the Goyt Valley

Location: Meet at Errwood Hall car park, Goyt Valley
LR Grid Reference SK012748, WGS84 N53.27053, W1.98317
NB Access to Goyt Valley from Erwood Dam end only.
Latitude/longitude: 53.27053,-1.98317 (Google map)

An early morning walk in the Goyt Valley looking for our less frequently seen spring migrants - pied and spotted flycatcher, common redstart, tree pipit and listening for cuckoo.
Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
Leaders: Alan Brereton 01625 615628 and Ray Evans 01625 432635 with Cheshire East Ranger, Paul Hughes.

Time: 7.00 am to 10.00 am

Price: Free, all welcome.

Tue
14

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and MEMBERS' DIGITAL IMAGES and VIDEOS

Location: United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available
Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

The annual general meeting will be followed by slides from our members.

Time: Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start

Price: Free, all welcome.

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Wed
29

Walk with Nature: Trentabank Reservoir

Location: Meet at Trentabank Reservoir Visitor Centre car park, Macclesfield Forest, Macclesfield SK11 0NE.
LR Grid Reference SJ962713, WGS84 N53.23738,W2.05907.

Latitude/longitude: 53.23738,-2.05907 (Google map)

We are pleased to offer a second opportunity to join us along with members of the Macclesfield Lifestyle Group and Rossendale Trust to see the herons, cormorants and possibly mandarin ducks at Trentabank Reservoir.
This session will only require walking from the car park to the reservoir viewing point. Any ability or mobility welcome, telescopes will be available to assist viewing of the birds.
The weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
Leaders: Abercrombie 07775 904683 or Lydia Taylor 01260 275248

Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome.

June 2019

Thu
6

Evening Walk with Nature: Tegg's Nose Country Park

Location: Meet at Tegg's Nose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley.
LR Grid Reference SJ945718, WGS84 N53.24349, W2.08290

Latitude/longitude: 53.24349,-2.08290 (Google map)

An evening walk in the woodland and scrub around Tegg's Nose looking for the area's spring migrants, especially pied flycatcher and common redstart.
Part of the walk may be over rough and possibly muddy ground and the weather can change during the event. Please ensure that you have comfortable, suitable footwear and clothing.
Leaders: Ian Taylor 01260 275248 and Alan Brereton 01625 615628 with Cheshire East Ranger, Martin James.

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome.