Events

All events are open to any bird watcher or nature watcher. Generally our outdoor events are not suitable for children under 12, but exceptions may be made. Up to the age of 16, children should be accompanied by an adult.
The coach trips last all day and usually travel to distant reserves outside the range of a normal day's birding.
The Bins and Boots walks are leisurely walks of up to two and a half hours in the Stoke area led by an experienced local bird watcher.
The car sharing trips are to reserves outside the local area but probably within 60 miles of Stoke-on-Trent. We want to be flexible about these and suggestions about these trips are welcomed. If you can offer a lift or would like a lift please contact Geoff Sales by telephone at least a week before the trip you wish to attend so that he can put interested parties in contact with each other. These trips usually continue into the afternoon so remember to bring a packed lunch.
If you are interested in taking part in our outside activities but do not have binoculars, we have three pairs to lend on a first come first served basis for the duration of the activity.
Appropriate clothing and footwear to guard against the elements are recommended for outdoor activities.

November 2019

Sun
17

Birdwatching Trip to RSPB Frampton Marsh 2019

Location: RSPB Frampton Marsh, near Boston, Lincolnshire
Postcode: PE20 1AY (Google map)

This is a coach trip organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Frampton Marsh is a coastal wetland reserve that includes a reedbed, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland. These are all being developed to bring the wildlife of the Wash closer to you. This reserve is at the cutting edge of visitor and habitat nature conservation planning. Each aspect of the new range of habitats and facilities has been designed to maximise the value for wildlife and opportunities for visitors. With luck at this time of year we could see wintering brent geese, hen harrier, short-eared owl, kingfisher, golden plover and curlew. There are three hides, two with 360-degree views, and over 3 km of new footpaths to explore.
Facilities on the reserve include a visitor centre with toilets and a refreshments area where you can get a hot or cold drink and a snack.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

Tue
26

Bins and Boots Walk - Tittesworth Reservoir 2019

Location: Location Lakeside Car park (Charges apply). O.S.Ref: SJ993602
From Leek take the A53 Buxton Road. After 2.5 miles turn left at the Three Horseshoes Pub. The car park is 1 mile on the left.
Toilets and café on site.
Latitude/longitude: 53.138729,-2.011002 (Google map)

Occupying a beautiful setting just below the Roaches, there are over 100 hectares of superb wildlife habitat including conifer plantations and ancient woodlands, as well as meadows and marshland. The reservoir is formed by a dam on the River Churnet and supplies drinking water to Leek and parts of Stoke-on-Trent. There are two hides where willow tit, lapwing, snipe and heron may be seen as well as winter ducks like wigeon, teal and pochard with the chance of the occasional rarity. Winter thrushes, oystercatchers, plovers and other waders may also be present.
Leader: Roger Birch

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

December 2019

Wed
11

December Indoor Meeting 2019

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

THERE'S A TAPIR AT THE DOOR! - A GREEN BIKING BIRDING ADVENTURE IN PERU
GARY PRESCOTT.
Gary Prescott is a passionate environmentalist and birder who is now well known to our Local Group. Currently he is spending time in Peru, in the Manu National Park, working with a project for indigenous children. And of course, as is his passion, Gary is cycling around Peru experiencing encounters (both wildlife and human) as he goes. When in the UK he works at the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm and travels around Britain watching nature, birds in particular. In Britain Gary is known as 'The Biking Birder' appearing on TV, including Springwatch, on radio and in magazines and newspapers.
We can expect a very lively presentation featuring Gary's exploits in Peru delivered in his own inimitable fashion!
SPONSORED BY PICTURE BOOK, LEEK
www.leekbooks.co.uk

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

January 2020

Wed
15

January Indoor Meeting 2020

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

ANTARCTICA
RICK MARSHALL
Dr Marshall is a retired physicist who, during his professional career, taught for twenty years in universities and a further twelve years in schools. He has a wide range of interests including, rambling, photography, travel and theatre and is a member of Probus Club and The Arts Society.
Dr Marshall has a particular interest in Global Warming and this will no doubt form a major part of this evenings presentation on Antarctica.
SPONSORED BY ROBIN HOOD TRAVEL LTD
www.robinhoodtravel.co.uk

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
19

Birdwatching Trip to Whisby Nature Park 2020

Location: Whisby Nature Park, Lincolnshire
Postcode: LN6 9BW (Google map)

This is a coach trip organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Whisby Nature Park is a 150-hectare Local Nature Reserve located about 7 miles south-west of Lincoln directly north of the village of Thorpe on the Hill. The Whisby Pits are the result of the excavation of sand and gravel, which were deposited in the valley of the River Witham by the retreating ice cap during the last Ice Age. Some of the other pits have been developed for fishing, sailing and water skiing, but the major part of the complex of pits and former processing areas have been set aside for wildlife and quiet public recreation. The complex of small, medium and large flooded gravel pits has now 'greened up' after 40 years of natural colonization. There are six trails with six hides placed to overlook various lakes, with five of them at Grebe Lake. The bird feeding station is worth a look for tits, robins, finches, great spotted woodpeckers, blackbirds, house sparrows and tree sparrows. In winter, the water levels are at their highest and wildfowl are numerous. Treecreeper, green woodpecker and little owl breed on the reserve. Facilities include a shop, toilets, café/restaurant providing home cooked hot and cold meals. The balcony outside the visitor centre gives excellent views over one of the lakes so you can enjoy coffee and cake and watch birds at the same time.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

Thu
30

Bins and Boots Walk - Westport Lake 2020

Location: Brownhills Road near Tunstall. O.S.Ref: SJ857500
From Trubshaw Cross roundabout bear left towards Tunstall. The turning is on the left at the top of the short hill. Follow the brown signs and park by the visitor centre. Toilets on site.
Postcode: ST6 4RZ (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group, open to any bird watchers or nature watchers, to our local nature reserve. Westport Lake, managed by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, is an important site in the Winter for many water birds and unusual species are known to stop-off at the lake at this time of year. The conservation area at the northern end of the site is home to many birds including kingfisher, willow tit and other woodland species.
Leader: Ian Woodward

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

February 2020

Wed
19

February Indoor Meeting 2020

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

RSPB COOMBES AND CHURNET VALLEYS
PAUL BENNETT
Staffordshire born and bred, Paul graduated from Derby University in 1999, after which he worked in the home counties at various reserves, involved with a diverse range of species including dormice, great crested newt, loddon lily and bittern. Returning to the Midlands in 2005, he initially worked at Carsington Water then entered upon his career with the RSPB at Langford Lowfields. Paul moved to RSPB Coombes Valley in 2015, where he is currently employed as Reserve Warden. This evenings presentation will mainly illustrate the work that has been done at Coombes and Churnet Valleys over the past few years to improve the structure of the woodlands for priority bird species, those being pied flycatcher, redstart and wood warbler. Paul will also touch on some of the monitoring work that is done and some of the things that he gets up to with the various bands of volunteers.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
23

Birdwatching Trip to WWT Slimbridge 2020

Location: Wildlife & Wetlands Trust - Slimbridge, Gloucester
Postcode: GL2 7BT (Google map)

This is a visit by coach to WWT Slimbridge organised by the North Staffs Group but open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. This is the season for which Slimbridge is really famous because it offers great quality winter birds in very large numbers. Of course, the most famous species are white-fronted geese and Bewick's swans, both of which breed in Arctic Russia. Besides the swans and geese around 2,500 wildfowl arrive by late afternoon ready for feeding. From the Peng Observatory you can enjoy stunning views of pintail, pochard, tufted duck, gadwall, teal and many others at very close range. There is often a very big roost of starlings at this time of year. The WWT can boast as many as a quarter of a million starlings roosting at Slimbridge, this attracts many predators like sparrowhawks and peregrines. During this time of the year large parts of the reserve are deliberately flooded and it is quite normal to see 45,000 water birds feeding. It's not uncommon to see 8,000 wigeon, 6,000 golden plover, 2,000 dunlin, 800 curlew and 12,000 lapwing. Also, spotted redshank, little stint and ruff can be seen in internationally important numbers here during the winter. The Zeiss Hide has been an excellent place to see bitterns in recent years, where the views of this bird can be prolonged and close. The Robbie Garnett Hide feeding station is a great place to see water rail (feeding in the open), lesser redpolls, siskins and a few bramblings. Patient scanning from the Martin Smith Hide will almost guarantee jack snipe among the many common snipe.
Facilities on the reserve are excellent, including the Water's Edge Restaurant with its spectacular view of the Caribbean flamingos. Enjoy a delicious selection of home made sandwiches, salads, hot meals and tempting cakes created with the very best, organic produce. There is also a well-stocked gift shop.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

Thu
27

Bins and Boots Walk - Sandbach Flashes 2020

Location: Sandbach Flashes Known as Elton Hall Nature Reserve O.S Ref: SJ727596
Take M6 north to Junction 17. Turn left on to A534. Continue straight on at Sandbach traffic lights bearing left opposite Waitrose, staying on the A534 towards Crewe. After passing through next roundabout in a ź mile turn right in to Elton Lane. In ž of a mile turn right at the junction, pass under the railway bridge and after 1 mile the Flashes are located on either side of the road. Parking is on the verges. No toilets.
Latitude/longitude: 53.132663,-2.412883 (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. These flashes (pools) caused by subsidence due to salt mining are one of the best locations for wintering migrants in the area and are all designated SSSI's. There is a dedicated viewing area on the main Elton Hall Flash, the others being from the roadside. Many rare species have been seen here including glossy ibis and Iceland gull. Common species in the winter are wigeon, teal, pochard, gadwall, curlew, lapwing, shelduck, black-tailed godwit, ruff, redshank and snipe. The flash also hosts one of the largest gull roosts in the area.
Leaders: Geoff Sales and Peter Durnall

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

March 2020

Wed
18

March Indoor Meeting 2020

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

MOTHS - THE NEW BIRDS
DAVE EMLEY
Known to Local Group members from 'Butterfly Walks' that he has led, Dave Emley BEM worked at Keele University as a technician for over 40 years until he retired in 2016. During that time he contributed an enormous amount of effort in showcasing the natural history and beauty of the campus - in addition to his day job - coming up with the idea to turn the campus into an arboretum and inspiring generations of staff, students and visitors. He continues to run free guided walks around the campus in his retirement. Dave's work has also encompassed involvement with natural history and conservation organisations outside the University - he has been Editor of the West Midland Bird Club's Annual Report since the early 2000's and also acts as Moth Recorder for Staffordshire - his wide knowledge of the world of both plants and animals makes him a true "Natural Historian".
'Moths - the New Birds' - very intriguing! This is a must - come and hear what Dave has to say.
SPONSORED BY GARNERS GARDEN CENTRE
www.garnersgardencentre.co.uk

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
22

Birdwatching Trip to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve 2020

Location: Potteric Carr Nature Reserve near Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Postcode: DN4 8DB (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Potteric Carr is Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's flagship nature reserve. Its wide range of habitats, from open water and marsh, to grassland and woodland, covering an area of about 500 acres, gives it a rich diversity of wildlife. In addition, Potteric Carr's footpath network traverses an attractive landscape with thirteen hides available to get up close and personal with nature. Recent visits have given us excellent views of bittern and water rail. Facilities include toilets and a Field Centre with café, where a variety of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals are available.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

Thu
26

Bins and Boots Walk - Doxey Marshes 2020

Location: Doxey Marshes (Staffordshire Wildlife Trust) Nr. Stafford OS Ref: SJ903250
On the A5013 Eccleshall Road, very close to M6 Junction 14, look for a brown sign for the reserve and turn into Creswell Farm Drive then on to Wootton Drive. Meet and park at the car park. No toilets.
Postcode: ST16 1PU (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Doxey Marshes is a fantastic place to discover birds, over 200 species have been recorded, with more than 80 breeding species. Lying within the floodplain of the River Sow, which periodically breaches its banks, the marshes are subject to regular flooding. Wading birds love the shallow pools with muddy edges that this flooding leaves behind to forage for food. The reserve is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its nationally important populations of lapwing, snipe and redshank, attracting many rare birds every year, including the first ever cattle egret and river warbler to be recorded in the Midlands Region. Recently the Trust has replaced the old metal hide and refurbished others and has also carried out other major improvements to the site.
Leader - Geoff Sales

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

April 2020

Wed
15

April Indoor Meeting 2020

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

FLORIDA BIRDING HIGHLIGHTS
PAUL HOBSON
Originally from Manchester, Paul went to Sheffield to study for a degree in Environmental Science in the late 1970's where he specialised in wildlife conservation. He trained as a teacher and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Science in Sheffield for 20 years before becoming a full-time wildlife photographer.
When Paul was at university he was out on the Peak's moors recording bird nests for the BTO when he met a bird photographer. A chance conversation led to a session in a hide focussing on a redshank's nest - he was hooked! He spent the next few years working from hides where he learnt much of the field craft that is vital to become a successful wildlife photographer.
Paul has written four books so far: 'Wild Derbyshire', 'Wildlife Photography Field Skills and Techniques', 'The Art of Fungi Photography' and 'The Life and Times of Henry Seebohm' (a Victorian ornithologist, traveller and steel maker). If you are shivering in Britain, why not come with us this evening to the warmth of Florida. Although well-known for its tourist attractions, it can offer superb birdwatching opportunities too. The birds can be amazingly tame, which makes it one of the best places in the world to practise your bird photography.
SPONSORED BY BENTLEY'S CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Tel: 01782 554200; Mob: 07879 675198

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
26

Birdwatching Trip to Rutland Water 2020

Location: Rutland Water, near Oakham, Rutland
Postcode: LE15 8BT (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
This extensive reserve has a variety of habitats, including three large lagoons, providing suitable haunts for a wide variety of waders and wildfowl throughout the year. On our last visit, the warden's introductory talk was interrupted by the appearance of tree sparrows right in front of the visitor centre window. There are more than thirty hides to make use of on the reserve.
Areas of willow scrub and young plantations attract warblers, nightingales and other passerines. There are ancient hay meadows, small areas of ancient woodland and hedges which help to encourage species of wild flowers, butterflies and moths that are rare elsewhere. The highlight of our last visit was the breeding ospreys and we hope to see them again on this visit as they start nesting.
Facilities include toilets and shop. Refreshments and hot drinks are available.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

Tue
28

Bins and Boots Walk - Dimmingsdale - 2020

Location: Dimmingsdale, Alton - O.S.Ref. SK062432
Meet and park on visitors' car park of the Rambler's Retreat, Red Road, between Oakamoor and Alton.

Postcode: ST10 4BU (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Dimmingsdale is a wooded valley with a series of dammed lakes along the course of a small stream, with the usual ducks, Canada geese, coots etc. Much of the lower part of the valley is covered by coniferous forestry plantation with rhododendron undergrowth (gradually being removed). However, the walk will take to the valley sides, which have more natural vegetation and deciduous trees with a good chance of seeing buzzard, kestrel and sparrow hawk. The start and finish will be the Ramblers Retreat Tea Rooms which has several bird feeders attracting the typical woodlanders including all the usual tit species plus the rarer marsh/willow tit and perhaps pied flycatcher.
Leader: Roger Birch

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

May 2020

Sun
17

Birdwatching trip to RSPB South Stack 2020

Location: RSPB South Stack Cliffs, Anglesey
Postcode: N25 7RX (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Our main destination for the day is RSPB South Stack but if time allows we may pay a brief visit to see black guillemots in Holyhead harbour before going on to see the auks and choughs on the sea cliffs. Enjoy a close-up view onto a wonderful cliff-side nesting colony where guillemots, razorbills and puffins can all be seen. There is now excellent RSPB provision at South Stack with a full range of hot and cold food available. There is also a shop. There are no hides at South Stack so please bring suitable clothing in case of inclement weather.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

Wed
20

May Indoor Meeting 2020

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

BORN TO REWILD? THE IMPORTANCE OF REWILDING & RESTORATION IN THE UK
HARVEY TWEATS
Harvey is a young wildlife campaigner who has been fascinated by the natural world for as long as he can recall. He has spent the last two years studying wildlife across the UK, chasing one beast in particular across the countryside - the Eurasian beaver. Harvey has worked on the Devon beaver trial, assisting the scientists in their research as well as captive breeding a variety of European protected species. He has also volunteered for the Wildlife Trusts and written articles for the RSPB Wingbeats magazine.
Beavers went extinct in Britain about 300 years ago, yet they are ecosystem engineers, organisms that actively change the environment, benefiting many other species. In this presentation Harvey will use the example of beavers to demonstrate the ability of the natural world to regenerate itself and how reintroducing this and other species can repair, restore and 'rewild' the environment.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Thu
21

Bins and Boots Walk - Greenway Bank Country Park 2020

Location: Greenway Bank Road, Knypersley OS Ref: SJ889551
Meet at the Visitor Centre car park (NOT the Lakeside).
Take the A527 towards Biddulph. After passing through Brindley Ford village turn right by the old Matador Pub and follow the brown signs. Turn into the visitor centre, the first car park on the left, off Greenway Bank Road. Toilets available on site.
Latitude/longitude: 53.093263,-2.166839 (Google map)

Situated less than two miles from Biddulph and only five miles from the centre of the Potteries, the Country Park offers a wide range of attractive scenery and wildlife. This park is the remains of two 18th century estates now managed by Staffordshire County Council. There are 150 acres of mature woodland with two connected dammed lakes, streams and a small waterfall.
We will be looking for wildfowl on the two lakes as well as the many woodland birds that abound. At this time of the year we should see spring migrants such as chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and hirundines as well as water birds and there may be a chance of spotting dipper, kingfisher and willow tit.
Leader - Peter Durnall

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

June 2020

Tue
2

Bins and Boots Walk - Manifold Valley 2020

Location: Car parking on Old Rail Track, OS Ref. SK091577, Explorer map OL24.
From Leek take A523 towards Ashbourne. Turn left at crossroads for Onecote just past the speed camera(50mph) Pass through Onecote and Warslow, turning right just beyond Warslow for Hulme End. Go over the Manifold bridge and turn right by the Manifold Hotel, drive for about 300yds and turn right. Follow the road for about 2 miles until you come to Swainsley Tunnel. Do not enter the tunnel but turn sharp right and park in the car park about 200 yards down the track.
Latitude/longitude: 53.116921,-1.865378 (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. The Manifold is a tributary of the River Dove and, for part of its course, runs underground. Dippers are common together with both spotted and pied flycatcher, redstart, dipper and the elusive wood warbler. Possible raptor sightings might include goshawk, peregrine or even hen harrier. Little, barn, tawny and short-eared owls are also known to be present. Numerous red kites were seen in 2012, while several pairs of ravens were present in 2014. Please be aware that the terrain may be difficult in wet weather.
There will be an option to have lunch at the Manifold Hotel.
Leaders - Peter Durnall/Geoff Sales

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
7

Birdwatching Trip to Paxton Pits 2020

Location: Paxton Pits, Huntingdon
Postcode: PE19 6ET (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Paxton Pits lies near Huntingdon and from a small nature reserve in the 1980's it has become a very popular reserve for birds and people. Birds, especially nightingales and lesser whitethroat at this time of year, are the main source of interest for many visitors but throughout the summer Paxton Pits is alive with insects, including butterflies, moths and dragonflies. It is also ablaze with wild flowers. The most shy group are mammals, many of which appear only before most visitors arrive or after they've gone. Bucking the trend, though, are otters which sometimes can be seen right through the day.
Facilities include a visitor centre where a range of light refreshments can be purchased. Toilets are available.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

July 2020

Fri
24

Butterfly Walk - Silverdale Country Park 2020

Location: Cannel Row near Silverdale Enterprise Centre OS Ref: SJ812469
Directions: Take Scot Hay Road out of Silverdale, passing over two mini-roundabouts. You shortly come to a set of traffic lights, turn right (signposted Silverdale Enterprise Centre) onto Kents Lane, then right again onto Cannel Row. Park towards the end (it's a dead end).
Postcode: ST5 6SR (Google map)

Weather permitting, an al fresco lunch (bring your own picnic), will be followed by a two hour walk around Silverdale Country Park led by Geoff Sales. The area provides suitable habitat for a range of blues, browns, coppers, skippers and vanessids together with day-flying moths such as the 5-spot and 6-spot burnet moths. Then there are the dragonflies... So come along and enjoy an afternoon out of doors with plenty to see!
Geoff Sales' Mobile 07397 169452

Time: Picnic 12.45 pm onwards; Guided Walk 1.30 pm.

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com