Events

Wigan RSPB Local Group welcomes new members and non-members at all events.

Each month from September to March there is an Indoor Meeting at which a nationally or regionally recognised speaker presents an illustrated talk on a topic of interest to those enthusiastic about wildlife issues. The talks are entertaining and informative and the quality of the photography stunning.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available at the interval and this presents new members and visitors with an excellent opportunity to meet existing members of the Group and to find out more about outdoor activities.

About 30 outdoor trips to bird sites are organised each year. Travel is by car with petrol costs shared where lifts are given. Most sites have free admission but some are dependent on membership and non-members may have to pay. Events are very seldom cancelled but it is always necessary for new members or non-members to phone the leader in advance to check details and book-in - a phone number is given for every outdoor event.

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September 2019

Sat
28

Saturday Full Day Bird Watching Visit - September 2019

Location: Parkgate and Burton Mere, Cheshire.

Meet at Turner Street, Wigan

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car or arrange a lift with leader and share petrol costs. Please phone Doreen Marriott 01942 712766 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 8.30 am

Price: Free. There may be admission charges to reserves for non-members

Booking essential

Telephone: 01942 712766

October 2019

Tue
8

Wigan RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - October 2019

Location: St Anne's Parish Hall, Church Lane, Shevington, Wigan - One mile from M6 (J27)
Postcode: WN6 8BD (Google map)

Illustrated talk by David Winnard, "Manchester to North Wales - A Birder's Tale". Photographs taken by David near to home therefore of particular interest to those of us who do not travel abroad to find wildlife

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: Free to Group members others £2.00 per person, refunded against membership if you join the Group

Telephone: 01257 267906

Wed
9

Wednesday Full Day Birdwatching - October 2019

Location: Venue, not more than an hour's drive, will be decided a few days before the event in the light of the latest bird reports - Meet at St Marie's car park, School Lane Standish at 9,15 am. Non-members always most welcome at all our events. Details will be announced at the indoor meeting on the evening before the event

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car or arrange a lift with leader and share petrol costs. Please phone Duncan Turner 01257 400139 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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Time: 9.15 am

Price: Free. There may be admission charges to reserves for non-members

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 400139

Sat
19

Saturday Morning 2 - 3 hours Bird Watching Visit - October 2019

Location: Orrell Water Park - meet at the main car park - free parking

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car or arrange a lift with leader and share petrol costs. Please phone Duncan Turner 01257 400139 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free.

Telephone: 01257 400139

Sat
26

Saturday Full Day Bird Watching Visit - October 2019

Location: Great Orme and LLandudno, North Wales. PLEASE CHECK BEFORE SETTING OUT. Meet Turner Street Wigan.

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car or arrange a lift with leader and share petrol costs. Please phone Neil Martin 07950 137165 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 800 am

Price: Free. Pay for parking

Booking essential

Telephone: 07950 137165

November 2019

Tue
12

Wigan RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - November 2019

Location: St Anne's Parish Hall, Church Lane, Shevington, Wigan - One mile from M6 (J27)
Postcode: WN6 8BD (Google map)

Illustrated talk by Brian Anderson, "The Uttermost part of the Earth" a trip around Tierra Del Fuego. We may not be lucky enough to visit the southern tip of South American but Brian's photographs will bring it to us.

Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: Free to Group members others £2.00 per person, refunded against membership if you join the Group

Telephone: 01257 267906

Wed
13

Wednesday Full Day Birdwatching - November 2019

Location: Venue, not more than an hour's drive, will be decided a few days before the event in the light of the latest bird reports - Meet at St Marie's car park, School Lane Standish at 9,15 am. Non-members always most welcome at all our events. Details will be announced at the indoor meeting on the evening before the event.

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car or arrange a lift with leader and share petrol costs. Please phone Duncan Turner 01257 400139 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events

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Time: 9.15 am

Price: Free. There may be admission charges to reserves for non-members

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 400139

Sat
23

Saturday Morning 2 - 3 hours Bird Watching Visit - November 2019

Location: Wigan Flashes, Carr Lane. Wigan - meet near the main entrance to Hawkley Hall High School - park on the road
Postcode: WN3 5NY (Google map)

Guided walk at a local Bird Site. No experience of bird watching is required because some of our more experienced members will be there to help with identification for those who want it
We will not necessarily be searching for rare birds just enjoying the regular ones that are found at the venue. The walk will cover a short distance on reasonably level ground and should suit those who do not want to spend the whole day birdwatching. Children and Grandchildren will be most welcome so this is an opportunity for those members who look after one or more offspring to introduce them to wildlife (children must be accompanied by an responsible adult).

As with all Wigan Local Group events we ask you not to bring dogs because even the best behaved can disturb wildlife.

New members and non-members are always welcome at all Wigan RSPB events. Please make yourself known to the leader either by phone in advance or at the event. Leaders Duncan and Vikki Turner 01257 400139

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Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 400139

Sat
30

Saturday Full Day Bird Watching Visit - November 2019

Location: RSPB Marshside, Southport, and LWT Mere Sands Wood, Rufford

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car or arrange a lift with leader and share petrol costs. Please phone Neil Martin 07950 137165 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Meet at Turner Street, Wigan

Time: 8.30 am

Price: Free but parking charge at Mere Sands Wood

Booking essential

Telephone: 07950 137165

December 2019

Tue
3

Wigan RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - December 2019

Location: St Anne's Parish Hall, Church Lane, Shevington, Wigan - One mile from M6 (J27)
Postcode: WN6 8BD (Google map)

Illustrated talk by David Tolliday, "Kruger National Park", David returns after a few years gap to regale us with his journey and the Wildlife of the Kruger National Park. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE FIRST TUESDAY OF DECEMBER.

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: Free to Group members others £2.00 per person, refunded against membership if you join the Group

Telephone: 01257 267906

Wed
11

Wednesday half Day Birdwatching followed by a Christmas Lunch

Location: Local venue top be announced - Meet at St Marie's car park, School Lane Standish at 9,15 am. Lunch will be in a local pub.

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car or arrange a lift with leader and share petrol costs. Please phone Duncan Turner 01257 400139 for more information. Morning birdwatching then lunch in a pub.

Those that do not want to do the walk are welcome to go straight to the lunch venue. Book in advance - ask for details.

Time: 9.15 am

Price: Bird walk free - pay for lunch at the venue.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 400139

Sat
21

Saturday Outing (half day

Location: Pennington Flash, Country Park, Leigh. Meet at the main car park - don't forget to pay.
Postcode: WN7 3PA (Google map)

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car or arrange a lift with leader and share petrol costs. Please phone Ann Rogers 07962 922922 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

An alternative to Christmas shopping!

Time: 9.00 am

Price: Free but parking charge

Telephone: 07962 922922