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

January 2018

Sat
27

National RSPB Event: 'Big Garden Birdwatch' at West Park, Macclesfield

Location: West Park
Prestbury Road
Macclesfield
Meet outside the café at West Park.
Contact: Tina Hanak on the number below or visit the Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers website.
Postcode: SK10 3BJ (Google map)

Help the RSPB build up a picture of bird populations across the country by taking part in the RSPB's 'Big Garden Birdwatch' with experts 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 am to 12 noon

Price: Free, all welcome.

Telephone: 07870 804413

February 2018

Sun
11

Outdoor Meeting: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Martin Mere Reserve

Location: WWT Martin Mere
Fish Lane
Burscough
Postcode: L40 0TA (Google map)

Join our Wildlife Explorers for a visit to the WWT reserve at Martin Mere. You can explore the wildlife collection or visit the hides, many of which have been refurbished. At the end of the day you can watch the swan feeding and hear all about these long distance migrants.
Meet at WWT Martin Mere car park for an all day visit. Timings to be confirmed in September 2017 and details will be added to the website as soon as they are available
Please note booking essential through Tina Hanak for this event
Leader: Tina Hanak 07870 804413 or Abercrombie 07775 904683
Please note booking essential through Tina Hanak for this event

Time: To be confirmed.

Price: Entrance fee to non WWT members - Adult from £10.62 and Children (4-16 years) from £5.06. (Discounted entry charges may be available for non WWT members)

Booking essential

Telephone: 07870 804413

Tue
13

'Balancing Nature and Wind Farms' - A Case Study from Frodsham

Location: Please note our new venue (from January 2018)
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 an illustrated talk by Stephen Snowdon, Development Manager(Planning), Peel Energy and Alexander Hatton, Senior Ecologist, Atmos Consulting.

Frodsham Wind Farm, located adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey, is Cheshire's only onshore wind generating station. From a developer's perspective the first part of the talk will examine how nature conservation interests influenced the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) survey effort, wind farm design and the decision making process. The impacts of accommodating nature during subsequent construction will also be reviewed.
From a professional ecologist's view, the second part of the talk will focus on the monitoring and surveying of the site for nature interests and condition compliance, outlining the challenges faced, the scope and nature of information gathered and how this relates to wind farm operation. The future applicability of lessons learned from Frodsham to other projects will also be examined.

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 2018

Thu
1

Coffee Morning - all welcome

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.

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

Tue
13

'A Century at Venus Pool' by Jim Almond

Location: Please note our new venue (from January 2018)
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 Jim's fourth visit to our group. Alias 'The Shropshire Birder' he has a lifelong passion for nature and photography and for his county, where, on his year list he aims to see at least 160 species, with as many as possible photographed.
Venus Pool is Jims' local patch. It is a small reserve of just 27 hectares near Shrewsbury. In addition to the pool itself there are islands, areas of open shoreline, strands of willow scrub, extensive marginal vegetation, flower rich grassland, hedgerows and woodland. An adjoining arable field is planted with bird friendly crops. The official site list is about 180 species and Jim's list is well over 150. The 'century' in the title of his talk refers to the 100+ species photographed as decent portraits or action shots. Also featured are some of the most unforgettable moments he has witnessed. Regular birds as well as rarities will feature throughout together with tips on where/when to see some of the special birds.

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

Wed
21

Outdoor Meeting: North Wales Coast

Location: Meet at RSPB Conwy at 10.00 am. LR Grid Reference SH797773

Postcode: LL31 9XZ (Google map)

Join us for a visit to the popular bird watching sites along the North Wales Coast looking for waders and sea watching before high tide at 1.00 pm. Early migrants, wheatear and sand martins may be a possibility.
Leader Ray Evans.

Time: 10 am at RSPB Conwy

Price: Car parking fees may be payable during the day.

Telephone: 01625 432635

April 2018

Tue
10

'Secret Lives of Sparrowhawks and Tawny Owls' - by Dave Culley

Location: Please note our new venue (from January 2018)
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 is the first visit Dave has made to the group. As an unknown film maker working in woodland in Cheshire, mainly using a selection of carefully located web-cams, he spent ten years making his first film on the secret life of sparrowhawks together with the songbirds that interestingly chose to nest right next to them. Eventually a pair of tawny owls moved into the area forcing the sparrowhawks out giving him the opportunity to film another elusive bird. This film only took him five years to complete!
His talk will feature footage from both films together with background information on how they were made. Commenting on the shy, elusive nature of both birds, Chris Packham, who also narrates on both films, promises footage of behaviour that has never been seen on film before.

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
12

Walk with Nature: Trentabank Reservoir

Location: Trentabank Visitor Centre car park
Macclesfield Forest
Macclesfield
SK11 0NE. LR Grid Reference SJ962713
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 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.
Part of the walk may be over possibly muddy ground and 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 to 3.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome.

Thu
12

Walk with Nature: Dawn Chorus at Styal Country Park

Location: Twinnies Bridge car park
Styal Road entrance
Wilmslow
SK9 4HW, LR Grid Reference SJ840822.

Latitude/longitude: 53.33639,-2.24174 (Google map)

Join us for a Dawn Chorus walk around the woodlands at Styal Country Park. We will be listening and looking for the area's resident song birds as well as 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 National Trust Volunteer Derek Hatton

Time: 6.00 am to 8.00 am

Price: Free, all welcome.

Tue
17

Walk with Nature: Danes Moss Cheshire Wildlife Trust Reserve

Location: Meet at Homebase car park
Lyme Green Retail Park
Macclesfield
SK11 0TB, LR Grid Reference SJ913712
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
Leaders: Alan Brereton 01625 615628 and Ian Taylor 01260 275248

Time: 8:am to 10:30am

Price: Free, all welcome.

Tue
24

Walk with Nature: Tegg's Nose Country Park

Location: Tegg's Nose Reservoir car park
Holehouse Lane
Langley
LR Grid Reference SJ945718
Latitude/longitude: 53.24349,-2.08290 (Google map)

A morning 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 Ray Evans 01625 432635 with Cheshire East Ranger, Martin James.

Time: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome.

Thu
26

Walk with Nature: Three Shire Heads

Location: Meet at Sparbent layby on the A54 Congleton to Buxton Road.
LR Grid Reference SK001692
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.

May 2018

Tue
1

Walk with Nature: Birds of the Goyt Valley

Location: Meet at Errwood Hall car park, Goyt Valley.
LR Grid Reference SK012748.
NB Access to Goyt Valley is 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 a Cheshire East Ranger.

Time: 7.00 am to 10.00 am

Price: Free, all welcome.

Tue
8

Annual General Meeting plus Members' Digital Images and Videos

Location: Please note our new venue (from January 2018)
United Reformed Church
Park Green
Macclesfield
There is ample FREE PARKING in the surrounding area.
Disabled access is available.

Postcode: SK11 7NA (Google map)

Each year, following the AGM, our members produce some fine images depicting wildlife from both home and abroad, so do come along and support the evening. Anyone wishing to show images/videos please contact David Tolliday (01625 432105) by Tuesday 10 April 2018 - you may bring up to 25 of your own digital images or up to a 10 minute short video.

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

Price: No charge.

Telephone: 01625 432105

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk