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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December 2019

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

January 2020

Sat
4

Saturday Morning 2 - 3 hours Bird Watching Visit -January 2020

Location: Mere Sands Wood, Rufford - meet the the car park - pay at the machine
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
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: 10.00am

Price: Free but parking charge at Mere Sands Wood

Telephone: 01257 400139

Tue
14

Wigan RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting January 2020

Location: St Anne's Parish Hall, Church Lane, Shevington,

New members and non-members are always welcome at all Wigan RSPB events. Prompt start at 7.45pm plenty of parking adjacent or on the road in front of the hall.Wigan - One mile from M6 (J27)
Postcode: WN6 8BD (Google map)

Illustrated talk by Pauline Greenhalgh "A Shot of Wildlife". Pauline, the ever poplular photographer, returns with her latest talk based on her wildlife photographic trip covering Flora and Fauna of the UK. £2.00 on the door - Group members free.

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
15

Wednesday Full Day Birdwatching - January 2020

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.

Time: 9.15 am

Price: Free. There may be admission/parking charges at reserves.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 400139

Sat
18

Saturday Full Day Bird Watching Visit - January 2020

Location: Marbury Country Park, Cheshire, 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 Martin Dobb 01257 421164 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 8.30 am

Price: Free. Pay for parking at Marbury

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 421164

February 2020

Sat
1

Saturday Morning 2 - 3 hours Bird Watching Visit - February 2020

Location: Borsdane Wood, Aspull. To access car park turn off Bolton Road, Aspull onto Mill Lane and continue to the end.

Meet at the car park.

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 and should suit those who do not want to spend the whole day birdwatching. There is a moderately steep section of path to walk on the return route. 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: 10,00am

Price: Free.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 400139

Tue
11

Wigan RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - February 2020

Location: St Anne's Parish Hall, Church Lane, Shevington, Wigan - One mile from M6 (J27)

New members and non-members are always welcome at all Wigan RSPB events. Prompt start at 7.45pm plenty of parking adjacent or on the road in front of the hall
Postcode: WN6 8BD (Google map)

Illustrated talk by Dennis Atherton - "California Pelagic and Western Birding", expect stunning photographs from Dennis who returns to take us on a trip "out west".

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
12

Wednesday Full Day Birdwatching - February 2020

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

Time: 9.15 am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 400139

Sat
22

Saturday Full Day Bird Watching Visit - February 2020

Location: North Wales Coast - details and meeting point from Neil - meet at the venue

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.

PLEASE DO NOT COME ON THIS TRIP WITHOUT CONTACTING NEIL FIRST

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free. Maybe pay for parking?

Booking essential

Telephone: 07950 137165

Tue
25

Annual Dinner 2020

Location: The Owls Restaurant, Rectory Lane, Standish.

The Wigan RSPB Local Group annual dinner. Cost £10.95. Tickets for the event available at December monthly meeting.

Time: 7.00 pm

Price: £10.95

Booking essential

March 2020

Tue
10

Wigan RSPB Local Group Indoor Meeting - March 2020

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

Illustrated talk by John Ball of Lancashire Wildlife Trust - "Wildflowers in Lancashire"
This talk is something different from usual but should be of interest before we break for the summer, there's more to the outdoors than birds. John has a lifelong interest in wildlife and wildflowers in particular.

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 Full Day Birdwatching - March 2020

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

Time: 9.15 am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 400139

Sat
21

Saturday Full Day Bird Watching Visit - March 2020

Location: Saturday Outing: Burton Marsh, Leader: Doreen Marriott & Alan Banks. 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 Doreen Marriott 01942 712766 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

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Time: 8.30 am

Price: Free. There is an admission charges to reserves for non-members

Telephone: 01942 712766

Sat
28

Saturday Morning 2 - 3 hours Bird Watching Visit - March 2020

Location: Beacon Country Park, meet atthe Carr Lane car park, between Dalton and Upholland.

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

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free but may be parking charges.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 400139