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 25 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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January 2018

Sat
20

Saturday Bird Watching Visit January 2018

Location: The Fylde area of Lancashire including Marton Mere and Fairhaven Lake. Leader Neil Martin 07950 137165.

Starts 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 the leader for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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Time: 8am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07950 137165

February 2018

Tue
13

Wigan RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - February 2018

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 - We pollute and Plunder

In what has become a regular spot, Brian visits us again with a thought provoking presentation on The Effects of Mankind's Activities on the Natural World. Brian is an award-winning photographer and lecturer based in Merseyside, has captured nature, travel and landscape images from his trips to over 40 countries.

Non-members always most welcome at all our events. Prompt start please be early. Plenty of parking on car parks or road in front of the hall. Find us on Facebook.

Time: 7.45pm

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

Telephone: 01257 267906

Wed
14

Wednesday Bird Watching Visit - February 2018

Location: Venue will be decided a few days before the event in the light of the latest bird reports - meeting point in Standish - please telephone for details. Tom Morton 01942 832383. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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 the leader for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events. Find us on Facebook

Time: 9.15am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 01942 832383

Sat
17

Saturday Bird Watching Visit February 2018

Location: This is one of our longer trips taking us to the North Wales Coast and sites such as Llanddulas and Pensarn could feature in the itinerary. Target birds include grebes, divers and sea ducks, red-throated diver, puffin with a bit of luck, while guillemots and razorbills are much more common.

High tides also bring in waders such as turnstone, dunlin, ringed plover and knot.

Time may permit a short visit to RSPB Conwy.

Leader Neil Martin. Please phone well in advance to ensure you know the travel arrangements and the meeting point in North Wales.

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 the leader for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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Time: 9.30am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07950 137165

Sat
24

Saturday 2 to 3 hour Walk - February 2018

Location: Wigan Flashes, Poolstock Lane, Wigan is the venue for the second of this series of short walks. Meet at the car park at 0945 for a 1000 start, should be back for 1300 no need to book just turn up with suitable warm clothing and sound walking shoes or boots.

As well as the more common tits there is an excellent chance of seeing the rare willow tit. Several species of duck are always present on the flashes within easy walking distance of the parking place.
Postcode: WN3 5HL (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. If you are new to our bird watching events please bring any binoculars if you have them but we recommend you do not go out a buy new ones until you have seen the type used by birdwatchers - this could save you money in the long run as the type sold by local shops are not usually the best for watching wildlife.

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

Time: 9.45 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01257 400139

E-mail: duncan.h.turner@gmail.com

March 2018

Tue
13

Wigan RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - March 2018

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

An Illustrated talk by Barrie Cooper - Belarus - Europe's Secret Wilderness

Belarus still has ancient forests, bogs and marshes to make it a rich country for wildlife. It's probably the easiest European country to see Azure Tit and Aquatic Warbler. Mammals such as Lynx, Wolf, Bison and Beaver supplement a good selection of birds including raptors, owls and woodpeckers. Its rich countryside make it Europe's secret wilderness.

Non-members always most welcome at all our events. Prompt start please be early. Plenty of parking on car parks or road in front of the hall. Find us on Facebook

Come and enjoy the last of our winter series of illustrated talk.

A new programme of talks will start in September 2018.

Time: 7.45pm

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

Telephone: 01257 267906

Wed
14

Wednesday Bird Watching Visit - March 2018

Location: Venue will be decided a few days before the event in the light of the latest bird reports - meeting point in Standish - please telephone for details. Tom Morton 01942 832383. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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 the leader for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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Time: 9.15am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 01942 832383

Sat
17

Saturday Bird Watching Visit - March 2018

Location: Kathy Jones will leading us at Marbury Country Park, Cheshire, a venue which offers scope for some interesting birding and pleasant walking taking in the nearby Neumann's and Ashton's Flashes for those feeling energetic. Target birds include lesser spotted woodpeckers but although present in the woodlands they are becoming much more difficult to see. Occasionally green sandpipers are seen and Neumann's Flash, is usually alive with ducks, gulls and waders such as golden plover and snipe. Walking is on reasonably flat ground with good paths - may be muddy in places.

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 the leader for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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Time: 8.00am

Price: Free but there is a parking charge at Marbury.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01695 624860

Sat
24

Saturday 2 to 3 hour Walk - March 2018

Location: Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve, Holmeswood Road, Rufford. An excellent venue for water fowl and duck with a good chance of kingfisher and water rail. There are red squirrels at this reserve but seeing them is not normally easy. There are toilet facilities and hides to use if the weather is poor.
Postcode: L40 1TG (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. If you are new to our bird watching events please bring any binoculars if you have them but we recommend you do not go out a buy new ones until you have seen the type used by birdwatchers - this could save you money in the long run as the type sold by local shops are not usually the best for watching wildlife.

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

Time: 9.45 am

Price: Free but there is a parking charge payable to LWT who own the site.

Telephone: 01257 400139

E-mail: duncan.h.turner@gmail.com

April 2018

Sat
7

Saturday Bird Watching Visit - April 2018

Location: Doreen Marriott and Alan Banks lead an outing to two venues with contrasting attractions. the first visit will be to World's End, near Llangollen where we will be seeking lekking black grouse; for the last couple of years close-up views have been more or less guaranteed provided that watchers stay in their cars on the narrow road.

Later, we will across the border to Cheshire and the RSPB's Burton Mere Wetlands and here again members will be hoping for some excellent birding especially as migration will be just about beginning.

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 the leader for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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Time: 8.00am

Price: Free. There is an admission charges to Burton Mere Wetlands reserve for non-members.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01942 712766

Tue
10

Wigan RSPB Local Group AGM

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

The annual member's meeting at which you get the opportunity to tell the committee what you would like to hear, see and do in future years. The meeting transacts the essential business of any voluntary group including electing the committee and is usually mercifully short!

But that is not all. Before the formal business there will be a number of short illustrated talks by our own members who will project photographs, which they have taken, and which are special to them. Over the last few years this has been very popular with the membership.

Non-members always most welcome at all our events but to be fair this is probably not the best one for a first visit!

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Time: 7.45pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 01257 267906

Wed
11

Wednesday Bird Watching Visit - April 2018

Location: Venue will be decided a few days before the event in the light of the latest bird reports - meeting point in Standish - please telephone for details. Tom Morton 01942 832383. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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 the leader for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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Time: 9.15am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 01942 832383

September 2018

Tue
11

First Indoor Meeting of the New Season

Location: St Annes, Church Hall, Shevington

The first meeting of the 2018-19 season of illustrated talks. From September to March there will be an illustrated talk every month. Full details will be published on this web page.

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Time: 7.45pm

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