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.

September 2021

Wed
15

September Indoor Meeting 2021

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

A LANE IN BRAZIL
MIKE LANE
Mike is a full-time, Midlands based wildlife photographer specialising in birds and mammals. He carries out informative and fun workshops across the UK and supplies a wide range of photography accessories. Brazil is a country that he has visited three times. Each visit has included time spent in the amazing Pantanal, a huge wetland area full of birds such as hyacinth macaw and it is one of the best places to see and photograph the elusive jaguar. The presentation also includes pictures of the giant river otter, capybara and nut cracking capuchin monkeys, as well as a multitude of colourful birds.
An opportunity not to be missed to experience some of Brazil's magnificent wildlife through Mike's lens.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £5.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01538 751460

E-mail: joan.hudson1@gmail.com

Sun
19

Birdwatching Trip to RSPB Conwy 2021

Location: RSPB Conwy, Conwy, North Wales
Postcode: LL31 9XZ (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, this reserve is delightful at any time of year and is of particular interest for waders . More than 200 different species have been seen at this reserve. The autumn highlight species are black-tailed godwit, whimbrel, shelduck and buzzard. Certainly something to look forward to. RSPB Conwy is very popular and has three hides and four viewing screens. You can have a good day's birding without leaving the visitor centre where there are toilets and an RSPB shop besides an excellent well-provisioned café.
In the afternoon we have the opportunity to visit Llanfairfechan, a coastal location where birds can be observed on the shoreline as well as further out to sea.

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 - RSPB Consall Woods 2021

Location: RSPB Consall Woods, (off A522 near Cellarhead). Meet at the Visitor Centre car park
Landranger: SJ993485
Postcode: ST9 0AF (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Consall Woods are situated within the beautiful valley of the River Churnet. Part of the reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and here the emphasis is on nature conservation, whilst at the same time welcoming the public to enjoy the paths and wildlife. Toilet facilities may be open. Some parts of the walk may be steep.
Leader: Roger Birch

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

E-mail: roger_birch@btinternet.com

October 2021

Sat
9

Bins and Boots Walk - Trentham Estate 2021

Location: Trentham Monkey Forest Car Park - Grid Ref: SJ869391
Follow the A34 from Newcastle towards Tittensor, turn right at the roundabout where the Monkey Forest is signposted.
Latitude/longitude: 52.949459,-2.1964087 (Google map)

From the car park, we'll walk across a meadow by the side of woodland before entering the wood. The path weaves upwards, eventually reaching the monument. From there, we'll meander along other tracks through woodland (which dominates the walk), before descending again by a different track.
Great spotted and green woodpecker are often seen in this woodland, while lesser spotted woodpecker isn't impossible. We can expect other woodland birds too including jay, various warblers, mistle and song thrush, nuthatch, rook, kestrel, along with the usual tits and finches.
Leader - Geoff Sales

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone:

E-mail: roger_birch@btinternet.com

Mon
18

Car Share Birding Trip to Belvide Reservoir 2021

Location: Belvide Reservoir - Grid reference: SJ870099 (Explorer map 242)
From the Potteries travel on the M6 leaving at junction 12 to join the A5 travelling west. After approximately 3 miles, turn left onto Horsebrook Lane. Turn right onto Shutt Green Lane (half mile). The car park is on the right after about one mile. The WMBC request a donation of £3 from non-club members (collected on the day).

Postcode: ST19 9LX (Google map)

The site is owned by British Waterways and managed by the West Midland Bird Club. As well as the reservoir there is woodland and reed beds. There is some mature woodland adjacent to the car park, this has a feeding station and a small hide. Mainly tits, finches and tree sparrows are to be seen here. There are five hides along the south shore and use of a telescope is advised to view waders and birds on or over the water. There is usually someone with a telescope on the trip. Belvide has a good record for scarce and rare birds. Wildfowl and divers can be seen during the winter. The reservoir has portaloo facilities.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: Share cost of petrol for the journey. Also a £3 donation is requested from WMBC non-members.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Wed
20

October Indoor Meeting 2021

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

SHETLAND TO SCILLY - BIRDS OF THE BRITISH ISLES
ASHLEY GROVE
Brought up in the Warwickshire countryside, it was hard for Ashley not to develop an interest in wildlife, and in particular birds. Those early years of birding gave him invaluable experience when he turned wildlife photographer in 2005. Now a full-time photographer covering a wide range of subjects, Ashley says, 'now at least I have an excuse to get out and about more and further enhance my portfolio of wildlife and landscape images.' In addition, Ashley owns the business 'Experience Nature', which specialises in wildlife watching and photography holidays.
As the title suggests, this presentation takes the audience on a journey all the way from Shetland, right down to The Isles of Scilly. Basically, it's a good excuse to show us some of Britain's most wonderful bird life. Over 130 species make an appearance during the talk, so come along this evening and hear about Ashley's latest exploits in search of wildlife and experience an array superb photographic imagery.
http://www.experiencenature.co.uk/

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £5.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01538 751460

E-mail: joan.hudson1@gmail.com

Sun
31

Birdwatching Trip to Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve 2021

Location: Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, near Coventry
Postcode: CV3 3GW (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Brandon Marsh is a superb mosaic of open water, wetland and grassland which attracts a wonderful variety of wildlife. It is especially important for birds throughout the year. At the end of the nineteenth century the area was enclosed farmland with two small woodlands and small wetland areas in the flood plain of the River Avon. Today the landscape is totally different due to coal mining causing subsidence which led to the formation of "Brandon Floods", a large lake linked directly to the river, which first attracted wetland birds and birdwatchers to the site. Then from the 1950's to the 1980's quarrying creating further areas of open water and opportunities for wetland plants to colonise. Birdwatchers worked alongside the gravel company to enhance the area's wildlife value. In 1973 the importance of the site was recognised through its designation as Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Then in 1981 Warwickshire Wildlife Trust entered into a formal agreement with the gravel company and has worked in partnership with the volunteer group and the company to create the marsh of today. Quarrying ceased in 1989 and today all that remains is a superb wetland nature reserve.
Facilities include visitor centre, tea room, eight hides, toilets and a shop.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

November 2021

Thu
4

Bins and Boots Walk - Rudyard Lake 2021

Location: Old Station Car Park, Rudyard. OS Ref: SJ 955578
From Leek take the A523 Macclesfield Road. After 1.5 miles turn left onto the B5331 and after passing under the old railway bridge, turn sharp left up the slope to the car park (free at present but charges may apply).
There are no toilets in the car park, but facilities are available at the Dam Head.

Latitude/longitude: 53.117954,-2.06771 (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
We will explore the wetland areas below the dam along the feeder and around the River Churnet looking for winter migrants as well as the usual woodland and farmland birds. Kingfishers are also often spotted in this area. There is always a chance of seeing goldeneye, wigeon and other ducks on the reservoir itself.
Leader - Roger Birch

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone:

E-mail: roger_birch@btinternet.com

Wed
17

November Indoor Meeting 2021

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.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £5.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01538 751460

E-mail: joan.hudson1@gmail.com

Sun
21

Birdwatching Trip to WWT Martin Mere 2021

Location: WWT Martin Mere, near Burscough, Lancashireh
Postcode: L40 0TA (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Those of you who are regular trip members need no introduction to Martin Mere. This WWT reserve, featuring nine hides, is best known for the thousands of pink-footed geese it attracts each winter and for its internationally important numbers of migrant whooper swans. You may also like to take a leisurely stroll through the extensive series of enclosures featuring wildfowl collected from all around the world.
The feeding station (i.e. the restaurant) is extremely comfortable and sells a wide range of delicious goodies.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

December 2021

Wed
15

December Indoor Meeting 2021

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

THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA
DAVID TOLLIDAY
David had a professional career as a Chartered Surveyor, however since retirement he has followed his interests as a wildlife and sports photographer and has recently started taking photographs of the night sky. In addition to this he enjoys all forms of photography and has many other interests. Having travelled widely, he gives regular lectures on a range of subjects including the wildlife of Shetland, Spain, Florida and Costa Rica.
This evening David is giving us an illustrated talk on the people, mammals, birds and insects in and around the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
https://www.davidtolliday.co.uk/

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £5.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01538 751460

E-mail: joan.hudson1@gmail.com

January 2022

Wed
19

January Indoor Meeting 2022

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

PEAK DISTRICT RAPTOR MONITORING GROUP
MIKE PRICE
Mike is an Independent Raptor Worker and Bird Ringer based in Derbyshire. He is a member of the Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group, a small but dedicated group of volunteer field workers who, under licence from the BTO and Natural England, monitor and ring birds of prey and owls in the Peak District and surrounding areas. Their aims are to monitor the birds, participate in national surveys and identify real and potential threats as they arise. Most of the work done by Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group, is done during the breeding season between March and September each year and tries to cover as much of the area as possible in the time available, but inevitably they don't manage to locate all the birds breeding in the area.
Find out more about the work undertaken by this group in tonight's in-depth presentation.
https://pdrmg.wordpress.com/

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £5.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01538 751460

E-mail: joan.hudson1@gmail.com

Sun
23

Birdwatching Trip to RSPB Old Moor 2022

Location: RSPB Old Moor, Barnsley, Yorkshire
Postcode: S73 0YF (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Situated right at thte heart of the Dearne Valley near Barnsley, Old Moor is a wonderful place to come and watch wildlife from the two nature trails. The skies, fields and open water are teeming with birds throughout the year. There are seven hides and two viewing screens out on the reserve and one overlooking the bird-feeding garden. There are two viewing platforms in the pond and picnic area. The bird feeding garden is at its busiest at this time of year, with tree sparrows, greenfinches, goldfinches and tits on the feeders. Spectacular flocks of golden plovers and lapwings take to the air, attracting peregrines on the lookout for a meal. The winter highlights include hundreds of colourful ducks such as teal and wigeon in full breeding plumage, yellowhammers and tree sparrows in the hedges, barn owls hunting during the day as food gets harder to find and watch the berry-covered trees for winter thrushes.
Facilities include toilets, a cafe (open 9.30 - 16.00 providing hot and cold drinks and lunches, cakes and biscuits) and a shop.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

February 2022

Thu
3

Bins and Boots Walk - Downs Banks 2022

Location: Downs Banks (National Trust)
Landranger: SJ900365
Take the A34 South towards Stone, just after the Darlaston Roundabout/A51 Junction, turn left at next (new) roundabout onto Meaford Road, then right at next new roundabout. Bear left over the canal bridge onto Wash Dale Lane. Car park 1 mile on left, shortly after the ford.
Latitude/longitude: 52.926086,-2.149882 (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Downs Banks is owned and managed by the National Trust. It's an area of woodland and heathland, with the Downs Banks Brook running through its glacial valley. It extends to 166 acres/67 hectares, with far-reaching views from its highest point. It was given to the NT by John Joule (of Joule's Brewery) in 1950. Summer-grazing cattle are employed to control bracken, etc. At this time of year a range of finches, tits and other woodland birds as well as heathland species can be expected.
Leader - Roger Birch

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone:

E-mail: roger_birch@btinternet.com

Wed
16

February Indoor Meeting 2022

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

COSTA RICA EXPLORED
IAN BARTHORPE
A lifelong naturalist, Ian grew up in north Shropshire and has spent the last 22 years working for the RSPB in East Anglia. His current position is Visitor Experience Officer, RSPB Minsmere. Interests include birdwatching, general wildlife watching, photography, walking, travel, and supporting West Bromwich Albion Football Club.
With a huge range of wildlife to be seen, including more than 900 species of bird, Costa Rica has enormous potential as a wildlife-focussed tourist destination. Costa Rica does a lot to realise that potential: various National Park reserves, each with their lodges, gardens and/or elevated walkways and excellent, enthusiastic, guides to lead you around them.
So let Ian transport you to this tropical wonderland and learn what Costa Rica has to offer.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £5.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01538 751460

E-mail: joan.hudson1@gmail.com

Sun
20

Birdwatching Trip to RSPB Leighton Moss 2022

Location: RSPB Leighton Moss, Silverdale, nr. Carnforth, Lancashire
Postcode: LA5 0SW (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in north-west England and home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers - you might see deer too. Choose from a selection of trails and hides and get righth to the heart of the reedbed. Alternatively take the nature trail alongside two coastal lagoons to see lots of wading and water birds. Rarely have we been to Leighton Moss and not seen marsh harriers. Bearded tits are often seen on the grit trays along the causeway. Even the feeding station at the visitor centre can be exciting and from the Eric Morecambe hide there is a good chance of seeing migrant black-tailed godwits, avocets or even a merlin sitting in its favourite spot. The seven hides at Leighton Moss offer the opportunity to observe plenty of wildlife action - this is a good reserve to visit if you are new to birding.
We will stop before reaching the reserve to allow visits to the Eric Morecambe hide from where it is a very pleasant walk to the visitor centre. Facilities include toilets, RSPB shop and a very fine cafe.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

March 2022

Tue
1

Bins and Boots Walk - Doxey Marshes 2022

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:

E-mail: roger_birch@btinternet.com

Wed
16

March Indoor Meeting 2022

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

THE BARN OWL - IT'S PLIGHT AND THE WORLD OWL TRUST
ALAN PEACE
Alan began his working life as a printer but has also been a youth worker and a professional climbing instructor. His high altitude climbing career has sent him around the world to places such as The Alps, Russia, Argentina, Norway, Italy, Morocco, Tanzania and Mongolia.
He spent ten years as a volunteer lorry driver with the German Red Cross delivering humanitarian aid throughout Eastern Europe and for 27 years was the Senior Warden of the Himley Park estate near Dudley. He sits on the Board of Trustees for an international owl conservation charity and is an Ambassador and volunteer fund raiser for Cancer Research UK.
Today he is going to tell us about the barn owl and the World Owl Trust.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £5.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01538 751460

E-mail: joan.hudson1@gmail.com

Sun
20

Birdwatching Trip to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands 2022

Location: RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Wirral
Latitude/longitude: 53.257862,-3.021908 (Google map)

This is a coach trip organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
This is our fifth visit to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, a newly developed reserve on the Dee estuary. We are going at a good time of the year - early spring with the chance of passage migrants. The reserve is well-watched as many scarce migrant birds have been seen in previous years. Little egret numbers are burgeoning and large roosts make it worthwhile being here just before dusk.
As well as our visit to Burton Mere we may be calling briefly at a nearby coastal birding site at high tide hoping to see raptors.
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. There are also two hides with 360-degree views, several view points and over 3 km of new footpaths to explore.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

April 2022

Sat
16

Bins and Boots Walk - Apedale Country Park 2022

Location: Meet at the Energy Station Visitor Centre, Blackbank Road OS Ref: SJ822477
From Knutton (which is about a mile NW of Newcastle), take High Street then Blackbank Road (B5367) which is the road to Halmer End. After about a mile you will see two wind turbines to the right; these are at the Energy Station Visitor Centre where we will meet (free parking). Toilets available on site.
Latitude/longitude: 53.026813,-2.266123 (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Apedale Country Park is one of Staffordshire's newer reserves, as recently as the 1990's some areas of the park were part of an open cast mine. However the area has been landscaped and restored and now provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. There are some 184 hectares of land, criss-crossed with footpaths and tracks leading to breezy heights, open meadows, secluded woodland glades and silent pools inhabited by water voles and great crested newts. There is an abundance of insect and bird life including skylark, lapwing and grey partridge.
Leader - Geoff Sales

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone:

E-mail: roger_birch@btinternet.com

Wed
20

April Indoor Meeting 2022

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

NEW GUINEA - EVOLUTION OF PARADISE
JOHN REILLY
Professor John Reilly has been a keen birder all his life, visiting over fifty countries and observing nearly half the world's bird species. In the late 1970s, he led several pioneering bird and wildlife tours to the Arctic island of Spitsbergen. Since developing an interest in avian evolution, he has concentrated on tracking down and photographing species that have important evolutionary stories to tell.
After graduating in biochemistry and then medicine, John worked as a consultant haematologist in Sheffield for 25 years. In addition to teaching, lecturing and clinical work, he led an active research programme into the causes and treatment of various blood cancers, authoring over 200 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 2014, he retired from the NHS to concentrate on travelling and writing books on subjects including Spitsbergen, Greenland and Papua New Guinea.
The somewhat enigmatic title of John's talk sets the imagination racing, however we can expect birds of paradise to feature heavily in his presentation. Come and hear this personal take on the tropical paradise that is New Guinea.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £5.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01538 751460

E-mail: joan.hudson1@gmail.com

Sun
24

Birdwatching Trip to Rutland Water 2022

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

Thu
28

Car Share Birding Trip to Moore Nature Reserve - 2022

Location: Moore Nature Reserve - near Warrington, Cheshire
From the Potteries take the M6 Northbound to the junction with the M56 west. Continue on the M56 to junction 11 (A56), then follow the A56 towards Warrington. Turn left at the traffic lights opposite the Walton Arms public house and follow the signs for Moore village. In the village, turn right onto Moore Lane, over the canal bridge and into Lapwing Lane, where the car park will be found.
Grid reference: SJ573854
Postcode: WA4 6XE (Google map)

This reserve, a 200 acre site beside the Manchester Ship Canal, boasts 11 bird hides and a feeding station, and claims to have all five British owl species and all three woodpeckers. It has 5 lakes, woodland and meadows. It is best known for lesser spotted woodpeckers and tawny owls and is also a prime site for bitterns. We should encounter some spring arrivals and possible passage migrants. Sounds like a wonderful place for a day out. Come and join us.
There are no toilet or café facilities at the site.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: Share cost of petrol for the journey.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

May 2022

Thu
5

Bins and Boots Walk - RSPB Coombes Valley 2022

Location: RSPB Coombes Valley, Bradnop, Leek, O.S Ref: SK009534
Signposted off A523 Leek - Ashbourne Road.
Postcode: ST13 7EU (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Coombes Valley is a delightful oak woodland to walk through, especially in spring and early summer when lots of migrating birds come to breed on the reserve. Birds you may see on the steep valley sides include flycatchers, redstarts and a range of warblers. This is also a good site for spotting butterflies. Last time we visited this reserve on a Bins and Boot walk we did see pied flycatchers. Could history repeat itself? Come and see. Some parts of the walk are steep and may be muddy.
Leader: Roger Birch

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone:

E-mail: roger_birch@btinternet.com

Wed
18

May Indoor Meeting 2022

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 three 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 £5.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

E-mail: joan.hudson1@gmail.com

Sun
22

Birdwatching trip to RSPB South Stack 2022

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

June 2022

Sun
12

Birdwatching Trip to Paxton Pits 2022

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

Tue
21

Bins and Boots Walk - Manifold Valley 2022

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)

Tyhis 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 - Geoff Sales

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone:

E-mail: roger_birch@btinternet.com

July 2022

Fri
22

Butterfly Walk - Silverdale Country Park 2022

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)

Join us for 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!
Leader - Geoff Sales (Mobile 07397 169452)

Time: Guided Walk 2.30 pm

Price: Free

E-mail: roger_birch@btinternet.com