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

November 2019

Thu
7

Special Event: Coffee Morning

Location: Gawsworth Methodist Community Hall
Congleton Road
Gawsworth
Macclesfield
SK11 9QZ

Take an opportunity to purchase this year's range of RSPB Christmas cards while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee with biscuits. There will be a raffle together with a selection of homemade cakes and preserves and winter food for the birds on sale
ALL WELCOME
Please contact Lydia Taylor (01260275248, membership@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk) if you can help in any wa

Time: 10 am to 12 noon

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

Tue
12

Indoor Meeting - 'The Women Who Saved the Birds' illustrated talk by Tessa Boase

Location: Macclesfield Senior Citizens' Hall,
Duke Street,
Macclesfield SK11 6UR

There is disabled access and ample parking alongside the hall (free after 6 pm).
Postcode: SK11 6UR (Google map)

This will be the first talk Tessa has given to our group. She read English at Oxford and has worked as a journalist and commissioning editor on three national newspapers. Her second book, Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather, on which her talk is based, traces the extraordinary story of the birth of the RSPB.
For half a century, from the 1870's to the 1920's, women on both sides of the Atlantic were gripped by a fashion craze that decreed all hats should be laden with feathers. Not just feathers, but wing, bird and whole bodies of birds - often several birds at a time. Species the world over were slowly brought to the brink of extinction, and all for the sake of millinery. Campaigning on behalf of the birds was a small band of angry women with a splendidly simple goal. They were going to stamp out the fashion for feathers in hats. Tessa's careful research has unearthed rare images, a cast of invisible characters - and a surprising political secret.

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

Price: Price: Group members £1, Visitors £5.00, Under 18s Free. All welcome

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Thu
14

Walk with Nature: Tatton Park

Location: Tatton Park rear pedestrian entrance
off Mobberley Road
Knutsford WA16 8EP
Latitude/longitude: 53.306237,-2.365392 (Google map)

Join us for a short winter walk through the woodland at Tatton Park looking for winter thrushes and woodland birds. 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.
Meet at the Tatton Park rear pedestrian entrance, parking at the semi-circle on the left off Mobberly Road, Knutsford WA16 8EP, LR Grid Reference SJ757789,
Leaders: Ray Evans 01625 432635 and Alan Brereton 01625 615628

Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome

December 2019

Sun
8

Outdoor Meeting: Marbury Country Park followed by a festive lunch

Location: Marbury Country Park car park
Comberbach
Northwich
CW9 6AT
Latitude/longitude: 53.28272,-2.52341 (Google map)

The country Park attracts some interesting birds in the winter months. The absence of leaves may make the elusive lesser spotted woodpecker easier to find. A bittern may be roosting in the Coward reedbed and Budworth Mere may hold good numbers of grebes, ducks and gulls.
Come and join us for some birdwatching followed by a festive 12.30 pm lunch at The Stanley Arms, Old Road, Anderton, Northwich, CW9 6AG.
Book with Lydia Taylor at the September or November Indoor meeting or send an email or telephone message to secure your place (please see details below).
For the birdwatching meet at 10.00 am at Marbury Country Park car park, Comberbach, Northwich CW9 6AT.
Please note that a parking fee is payable. LR Grid Reference SJ652763,
Leader: Lydia Taylor 01260 275248, membership@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Time: 10.00 am for birdwatching, 12.30p pm lunch

Price: birdwatching free, lunch to be advised.

Booking essential

Tue
10

Indoor Meeting - 'Wildlife through the Americas: Alaska to Argentina' illustrated talk by Mark Sisson

Location: Macclesfield Senior Citizens' Hall,
Duke Street,
Macclesfield SK11 6UR

There is disabled access and ample parking alongside the hall (free after 6 pm).

Postcode: SK11 6UR (Google map)

This will be the second visit by Mark to our group. Based in Newport, Shropshire he is a freelance wildlife and nature photographer who in the last few years has had much of his work published. He runs a wildlife photographic and workshop business with fellow wildlife photographer Danny Green.
From the glaciers and wild coasts of Alaska, through the deserts of New Mexico, the rainforests of central America to the wild coasts and mountains of Chile and Argentina - a talk and array of images that will take us on a journey quite literally through the wildlife of the Americas.

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

Price: Price: Group members £1, Visitors £5.00, Under 18s Free. All welcome

Telephone: 01625 615628

January 2020

Tue
14

Indoor Meeting -'The Great Texas Birding Trail' talk by Dennis Atherton

Location: Macclesfield Senior Citizens' Hall,
Duke Street,
Macclesfield SK11 6UR

There is disabled access and ample parking alongside the hall (free after 6 pm).

Postcode: SK11 6UR (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 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: Price: Group members £1, Visitors £5.00, Under 18s Free. All welcome

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Wed
15

Walk with Nature: Astbury Mere Country Park

Location: Astbury Mere Country Park Visitor Centre,
Sandy Lane (off Newcastle Road - the A34),
Congleton, CW12 4FR
Latitude/longitude: 53.161325,-2.231539 (Google map)

Join us for a short winter walk around Astbury Mere Country Park looking for wildfowl and unexpected visitors. The Country Park has hosted Slavonian grebe, smew, brambling and hawfinch at this time of year in the recent past.
Meet at the Visitor Centre, Sandy Lane (off Newcastle Road - the A34), Congleton, CW12 4FR.
Please note - car park fee payable. LR Grid Reference SJ846627.
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 and Lydia Taylor 01260 275248

Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome

Sat
25

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

Location: West Park
Prestbury Road
Macclesfield
SK10 3BJ
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.
Meet outside the café at West Park, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3BJ
Contact: Tina Hanak 07870 804413 or visit the Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers website.

Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Price: Free

February 2020

Sun
9

Field Trip Away Overnight: Rutland Water, Sunday to Monday 9 - 10 February 2020

Location: Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre
Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Egleton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8BT

Postcode: LE15 8BT (Google map)

A new venture to visit an excellent reserve that is just a little bit too far to go in a day. You will be responsible for booking your own accommodation on Sunday evening and we suggest using the Premier Inn at Melton Mowbray where the walk leaders will be staying. All rooms have en suite facilities and this Premier Inn has a restaurant.
Meet at the Rutland Water, Anglian Water, Birdwatching Centre, LE15 8BT at 10.45 am (travel time from Macclesfield approximately 2.5 hours). There will be a permit charge of £4 per person per day.
Lifts may be possible if we have sufficient willing participants.
We plan to spend the two days exploring the hides around Rutland Water and Eyebrook Reservoir. At this time of the year we would expect to see grebes, smew, wildfowl and woodland birds.
Contact: Walk leaders Ian and Lydia Taylor 01260 275248 for more details.

Time: meet at 10.45 am on 9 February

Price: Permit £4 per person per day

Telephone: 01260 275248

Tue
11

Indoor Meeting - 'Sri Lanka - The Teardrop Island' illustrated talk by Keith Offord

Location: Macclesfield Senior Citizens' Hall,
Duke Street,
Macclesfield SK11 6UR

There is disabled access and ample parking alongside the hall (free after 6 pm).
Postcode: SK11 6UR (Google map)

Keith is a highly experienced wildlife photographer, tour leader and lecturer and we welcome him back to what will be the seventh talk he has given to our group.
Sri Lanka is a land of immense natural diversity with fabulous National Parks and protected areas that are home to leopard, Indian elephant, sloth bear, and marsh mugger crocodiles. Birds are prolific with 33 endemic species including the Serendib scops owl which was only discovered in 2001. In addition to the endemics a plethora of other migrants and residents can be seen in this beautiful verdant island.
His talk will explore the many aspects of fauna and flora from the highlands, lowlands, plains and rainforests to the Indian Ocean where blue whales - the largest mammals on Earth, can be seen.

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

Price: Price: Group members £1, Visitors £5.00, Under 18s Free. All welcome

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

March 2020

Tue
10

Indoor Meeting - 'Peruvian Birds - Pacific to Amazonia' illustrated talk by Gary Prescott

Location: Macclesfield Senior Citizens' Hall,
Duke Street,
Macclesfield SK11 6UR

There is disabled access and ample parking alongside the hall (free after 6 pm).

Postcode: SK11 6UR (Google map)

Gary, who is also known as the 'Biking Birder', has always been a keen birder, cyclist and promoter of environmental causes so the world of Green Birding, or not incurring a carbon footprint in the pursuit of birds, comes naturally to him. In 2010 he cycled around the UK visiting every RSPB and Wildfowl and Wetland Trust nature reserve - 209 reserves, over 9000 miles, 251 species! He repeated visiting most of the reserves again in 2015 - clocking up 318 bird species.
His talk, the first to our group, will cover his 'biking birder' activities in Peru in 2018. He starts from the richest oceanic coastline in the world, thanks to the Humboldt current in the Pacific Ocean off Peru and finishes in the immensely bio-diverse Amazonian rainforest. Between these two wonderful ecosystems he will be traversing a desert followed by the mighty Andes mountain range. Travel involving water will also be totally fossil-fuel free as he will be using pack-rafts in the Amazonian rainforest thus making the whole journey by bike and raft a truly 'green' adventure.

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

Price: Price: Group members £1, Visitors £5.00, Under 18s Free. All welcome

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Thu
12

Special Event: Coffee Morning

Location: Gawsworth Methodist Community Hall
Congleton Road
Gawsworth
Macclesfield
SK11 9QZ

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with biscuits at Gawsworth Community Hall. There will be a raffle together with a selection of homemade cakes, preserves and bird food on sale.
ALL WELCOME
Please contact Lydia Taylor (01260275248, membership@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk) if you can help in any way.


Time: 10.00 am - 12 noon

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

April 2020

Tue
14

Indoor Meeting - 'Tracking Birds, Mapping the Marvels of Migration' illustrated talk by Ieuan Evans

Location: Macclesfield Senior Citizens' Hall,
Duke Street,
Macclesfield SK11 6UR

There is disabled access and ample parking alongside the hall (free after 6 pm).
Postcode: SK11 6UR (Google map)

Ieuan has worked as a wildlife guide in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, in the RSPB training department and as Head of Membership at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). He is currently Director of Engagement at the BTO where he leads the organisation's fundraising, membership and communications functions. He is a keen birdwatcher and is a trainee bird ringer.
In January 2017 he gave us an overview of the BTO's exciting tracking work involving satellite tags, GPS tags and geolocators on species such as swift, cuckoo and nightjar. He also revealed the latest from a number of projects using cutting-edge technology to push forward our understanding of bird migration at an amazing pace. He is returning to update us on the work the BTO have been doing since his last visit.

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

Price: Price: Group members £1, Visitors £5.00, Under 18s Free. All welcome

Telephone: 01625 615628

E-mail: publicity@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk

Thu
16

Walk with Nature: Northwich Flashes

Location: Witton Mill Car Park, off Old Warrington Road, Northwich.
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.
Meet at 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.
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: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome

Thu
23

Walk with Nature: Three Shire Heads

Location: Meet at Sparbent layby, A54 Congleton to Buxton road
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.
Meet at Sparbent lay-by on the A54 Congleton to Buxton road. LR Grid Reference SK001692.
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: 9.30am - 12.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome

Tue
28

Walk with Nature: Tegg's Nose

Location: Tegg's Nose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley
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.
Meet at Tegg's Nose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley. LR Grid Reference SJ945718.
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: 9.30am - 12.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome

Thu
30

Walk with Nature: Dawn Chorus at Styal Country Park

Location: Twinnies Bridge car park, Styal Road entrance, Wilmslow, SK9 4HW
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 and blackcap.
Meet at Twinnies Bridge car park, entrance on Styal Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4HW. LR Grid Reference SJ840822,.
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.

Time: 6.00 am - 8.00 am

Price: Free, all welcome

May 2020

Tue
5

Walk with Nature: Trentabank Reservoir

Location: Trentabank Reservoir Visitor Centre car park
Macclesfield Forest
Macclesfield
SK11 0NE
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.
Meet at Trentabank Reservoir Visitor Centre car park, Macclesfield Forest, Macclesfield, SK11 0NE. LR Grid Reference SJ962713,
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: Abercrombie 07775 904683 or Lydia Taylor 01260 275248

Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome

Tue
5

Walk with Nature: Birds of the Goyt Valley

Location: Errwood Hall car park
Goyt Valley
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 cuckoo.
Meet at Errwood Hall car park, Goyt Valley. LR Grid Reference SK012748,
NB Access to Goyt Valley from Erwood Dam end only
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

Time: 7.00 am - 10.00 am

Price: Free, all welcome

Tue
12

Indoor Meeting: Annual General Meeting and Members' Digital Images and Videos

Location: Macclesfield Senior Citizens' Hall,
Duke Street,
Macclesfield SK11 6UR.

There is disabled access and ample parking alongside the hall (free after 6 pm).
Postcode: SK11 6UR (Google map)

Each year our members produce some fine images depicting wildlife from both home and abroad, so do come along and support the evening.
Contact David Tolliday (01625 432105 or david@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk) by Tuesday 7 April 2020 - you may bring up to 25 or 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: Free

Telephone: 01625 615628

June 2020

Tue
2

Walk with Nature: Redesmere

Location: Redesmere car park
Redesmere Lane (off A34)
Siddington
SK11 9PR

Latitude/longitude: 53.23877,-2.22825 (Google map)

Come and join us along with members of the Macclesfield Lifestyle Group and Rossendale Trust to see the ducks, geese and possibly a kingfisher at Redesmere.
This session will only require walking a few metres from the free car park to the viewing platform. Any ability or mobility welcome. Telescopes will be available to assist viewing of the birds.
Meet at Redesmere car park, Redesmere Lane (off A34), Siddington, SK11 9PR. LR Grid Reference SJ849714
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: Abercrombie 07775 904683 or Lydia Taylor 01260 275248

Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome

Thu
4

Walk with Nature: Prestbury

Location: Springfields car park
(off New Road by Ye Olde Admiral Rodney public house)
Prestbury, SK10 4HS
Latitude/longitude: 53.291322,-2.149544 (Google map)

An evening walk along the River Bollin in Prestbury looking for the area's warbler and hirundine spring migrants and resident kingfishers.
Meet at Springfields car park (off New Road by Ye Olde Admiral Rodney public house), Prestbury, SK10 4HS. LR Grid Reference SJ901772,
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

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Price: Free, all welcome