Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

June 2022

Sun
5

Gronant Dunes - Leader Estelle Hughes

Location: Take A55, exit at junction 31. Follow A5151 north and turn right just past Jackson's Garden Centre and follow road to Gronant. Keep going until meet A548 then turn left then right on to Shore Rd. Carpark is just before the railway bridge.
Postcode: LL19 9SS (Google map)

The dune system is accreting, offering more habitat over time. The dune slacks now provide habitat for species such as breeding Cetti's Warblers, wintering Marsh Harrier and Short-eared Owls, plus a huge Starling roost, in the region of 200,000 birds. The warblers are particularly well represented and includes a few pairs of the skulking Grasshopper Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. Passage migrants often call in including Wheatears and Whinchats.

Time: 0930

Price: Free

Telephone: 07833647109

E-mail: membrspbshrop@btinternet.com

July 2022

Sun
3

Anglesey

Location: Take A55 to Holyhead and follow brown signs for RSPB South Stack Reserve, a mountain top area on the NW coast. Full facilities, café and shop.
Postcode: LL65 1YH (Google map)

The reserve is especially important for its breeding choughs, with approximately 10 pairs. We are maintaining the heathland and farmland to provide suitable nesting and feeding conditions. The sea cliffs provide nest sites for as many as 9,000 seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwake and fulmars. Other birds to use this habitat include peregrines and ravens. We will also visit Cemlyn Bay and possibly Cors Dyga Wetland Reserves if time allows.

Time: 10 AM

Price: Free

Telephone: 07833647109

E-mail: membrspbshrop@btinternet.com

August 2022

Sun
28

Belvide Reservoir

Location: Directions - 2 miles past Weston Park on A5. At Ivetsy Bank turn right for Bishops Wood then left for Brewood. In 2 miles turn left on to Shutt Green Lane. The reserve is on the left after a mile or so. Toilets but no refreshments.
Postcode: ST19 9LX (Google map)

Belvide Reservoir is a 180 acre canal feeder situated in south west Staffordshire. A total of 258 species have been recorded on the reserve. A West Midland Bird Club Reserve

Time: 0830

Price: £5 pp for non members

Telephone: 07833647109

E-mail: membrspbshrop@btinternet.com

September 2022

Sun
11

Leasowe, the Wirral

Location: Directions - from junction 1 of M53 take A554 and then go left onto A551. In 2 miles go straight on when road bends left (public toilets here; no other facilities). Park on right in car park by lighthouse
Postcode: CH46 4TA (Google map)

A promontory of the Wirral sticking into the Irish Sea. Popular with sea-watchers (especially during northwesterlies). Moving on to Parkgate or Burton Mere (facilities) later so bring national RSPB card. Later start time due to state of tide; enjoy the lay in!

Time: 10 AM

Price: £6 Adult Non Members, £3 Children 5 - 17

Telephone: 07833647109

E-mail: membrspbshrop@btinternet.com

October 2022

Sun
30

Venus Pool NR

Location: Directions - just south of Cross Houses on A458 turn off in to the lane signposted Pitchford and Acton Burnell. The entrance to the Reserve is on the left after about half a mile. Share cars where possible as carpark is small.
Postcode: SY5 6JT (Google map)

A trip to the local SOS NR at Venus Pool/ Wildflower meadows, lakes, woodland and hedgerows.

Time: 0830

Price: Free

Telephone: 07833647109

E-mail: membrspbshrop@btinternet.com

November 2022

Sun
27

Fenn's, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve

Location: Directions - Take B5476 from Wem towards Whitchurch. In 3 miles turn left for Whixhall (Post Office Lane then Rack Lane). Where road bends left for Dobson's Bridge turn right. After half a mile cross Morris's Bridge to car park on left. Car sharing advisable. No facilities.
Postcode: SY13 2RT (Google map)

An area of great birdwatching potential, with the flooded pools and the walk along the towpath there is a good chance of several species of birds. The viewing platform provides a great viewpoint across the Moss.

Time: 0930

Price: Free

Telephone: 07833647109

E-mail: membrspbshrop@btinternet.com

December 2022

Sun
18

Ellesemere area, Colemere and possibly Wood Lane

Location: Directions - follow signs for Colemere Country Park from A528 Ellesmere Road. Meet in car park next to mere. No facilities other than in the town.
Postcode: SY12 0QW (Google map)

With a small Heronry on the island, visible from the visitor centre, the mere is worth a visit at any time of year. In the winter it is particularly good for gulls with a large roost often containing some of the rarer species, and usually has a range of wintering ducks including Goosander, Smew. Wintering Cormorants have a roost here but keep an eye open for the occasional diver.

Time: 0930

Price: Small charge for parking at the Mere.

Telephone: 07833647109

E-mail: membrspbshrop@btinternet.com