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

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 all rooms are now taken, but if you would like to go on the waiting list in case of any cancellations, please contact Graham Palmer (see below).

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.