Trip reports

Brockholes

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

... Wednesday walkers assembled for the penultimate walk of the year ... More...

Wirral in Wet Weather

Saturday, 26 October 2019

... the weather dictated our routes today ... More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 19 October 2019

... the Black Headed Gulls were ... active hawking for flies ... More...

Wind in the Wyre

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

... north again ... More...

Pennington Flash

Saturday, 21 September 2019

... so here we go again, first walk in a season of Saturday short walks ... More...

Pilling and Glasson

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Troubled with the Wind More...

What no rain

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Day Little Wooden Moss became Leighton Moss More...

Wigan Flashes in May

Sunday, 26 May 2019

...one of the premier birding spots in Wigan ... More...

Mere Sands Wood

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

... what promised to be a damp squib ... turned out to be a very productive day ... More...

Monday, 6 May 2019

... So we all got in our cars and headed for the warmth ... More...

Dawn Chorus

Saturday, 4 May 2019

... the hoot of a Tawny Owl ... More...

Yarrow Valley Country Park

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

... Dipper day ... More...

Moore Nature Reserve

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

... Blown Away ... More...

Spring in the Air

Saturday, 23 February 2019

... February at Pennington Flash and the weather was warm and sunny, a hint of spring so different from last year ... More...

A Bit of a Twitch

Saturday, 9 February 2019

... those of us who are afflicted with the need to twitch stood watching ... More...

Orrell Water Park 2019

Saturday, 26 January 2019

... any day you see a kingfisher is a good day More...

Marshside RSPB Reserve, Southport

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

... grey ghost flypast ... More...

An Escape from Christmas Shopping

Saturday, 22 December 2018

... the bullfinch male appeared to have something of a phobia about landing on the tree stumps with food on them ... More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

... it soon became clear what the bird of the day would be as Nuthatch ... More...

Short Autumn Walk at Wigan Flashes

Saturday, 24 November 2018

... we were joined by a couple of guests who had seen the walk advertised. Carlos and his brother Alfonso, are from Barcelona ... More...

What a Day

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

... you go to Leighton Moss to see Bearded Tit, Bittern, and Marsh Harrier ... More...

Low Hall - Low Temperatures

Saturday, 27 October 2018

... Donald came with his mobility scooter and had to get it through the "kissing gates" that were only just big enough ... More...

AN AUTUMNAL RAMBLE

Saturday, 20 October 2018

... raucous cacophony of Corvids - Rooks, Jackdaws and Crows ... More...

Parkgate, Wirral

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Indian Summer More...

Into the Woods

Saturday, 29 September 2018

..... Saturday 29 September was the first of the new season of Saturday short walks and included a new member ... More...

Life's a Beach

Sunday, 19 August 2018

... This revealed how unfit I was as climbing the shifting sands of the dunes ... More...

August Visit to Leighton Moss

Saturday, 18 August 2018

... The outing to Leighton Moss was, in football terms, a game of two halves ... More...

Great tit perched in small tree

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

... Tom was keen to get to 30 species, so like a man on a mission, we set off again ... More...

Binoculars

Saturday, 16 June 2018

... the day produced 26 species ... More...

Binoculars

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

... As we were walking back there was a flurry of movement and pointed winged shape flashed across the scrub, Hobby? No, it was just not quite the right shape it was a Cuckoo ... More...

Binoculars

Saturday, 19 May 2018

... Bird of the day - Ring Ouzel ... More...

Binoculars

Saturday, 12 May 2018

... Saturday short walk supplied a surprising 32 species ... More...

Binoculars

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

.... visiting the ormer haunt of Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit and Garden Warbler ... More...

Cup of tea

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

... Still no Swallows ... More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Saturday, 21 April 2018

What no swallows? More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 24 March 2018

... on the Cusp of Spring ... More...

Short Walk at Wigan Flashes

Saturday, 24 February 2018

... A flash bird at the flashes ... More...

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A Walk in T'woods More...

Orrell Water Park

Saturday, 13 January 2018

... exploring Orrell with the aid of a native guide ... More...

Wigeon Believe It?

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

... we gathered at St. Marie's car park and how many gathered. It felt like a record turnout almost like people had made New Year resolutions to get active ... More...

Children birding at Titchwell Marsh

Saturday, 7 October 2017

... Gone for a Burton ... More...

Windy Wednesday

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

... it was a hardy band of six that gathered at the meeting point for the trip to the Wirral ... More...

Binoculars

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

....The site is the location of the only breeding colony of Little Terns in Wales ..... More...

Binoculars

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

... Willow Warblers were singing in the scrub all around ... More...

Trough of Bowland - Lancashire

Saturday, 13 May 2017

... Pallid Harrier "What a subject" ... More...

Wigan Flashes

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

... a quick flash ... More...

Pennington Flash visit February

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

... we were pleasantly surprised as not only did the rain not come but we caught the occasional glimpse of sun ... More...

North Wales Coast

Saturday, 11 February 2017

... then coffee and cake were a welcome end on a cold day ... More...

Marton Mere and Fairhaven

Saturday, 14 January 2017

... one member assured us all that Blackpool was bright and sunny with Blue skies, and remarkably it was ... More...

Calling redshank in meadow

Thursday, 17 November 2016

... Visiting the Wirral is always a pleasure as it offers fine scenery and excellent birdwatching opportunities. Our visit on Saturday 17 September was no exception ... More...

Calling redshank in meadow

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

... the estimate was for around 700 pink feet ... More...

Pennington Flash, Leigh

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

... there were rumoured to be Little Ringed Plover, Common Tern and Common Sandpiper so we just had to find them. And we did, eventually ... More...

Visit to Worlds End and Burton Mere

Saturday, 2 April 2016

... black grouse started to emerge from the mist, accompanied by an eerie bubbling and hissing sound ... More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Friday, 19 February 2016

... the cafe provided the perfect end to a varied and enjoyable day's birding ... More...

Pennington Flash

Saturday, 19 December 2015

... One member was heard to say, "I am not leaving until I see a willow tit!" A few moments later he was rewarded by a sighting of the Wigan speciality! ... More...

Mere Sands Wood

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

... At the monthly meeting the previous evening, a decision to go to Mere Sands Wood was taken. The reasoning being it was sheltered, compact and the distance between hides was relatively short .... More...

TRIP TO BOWLAND

Saturday, 25 April 2015

... Spirits lifted as a cuckoo, whose call had been heard intermittently as we walked up the valley, was pinned down to a surprisingly close copse and eventually gave good views ... More...

Robin sitting in grass

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

More of Mooore More...

ORRELL WATER PARK AND STANLEY BANK

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

a trip to see a solitary waxwing that had returned to the site where it was ringed and a visit to a new venue More...

little egret, wading, water

Saturday, 13 September 2014

... wigan Group members made two visits, just four weeks apart, to the North West's premier reserve during late summer; Kathy Jones describes the highlights of the second visit. More...

Calling redshank in meadow

Saturday, 23 August 2014

... Wigan Group members made two visits, just four weeks apart, to the North West's premier reserve during late summer; Kathy Jones describes the highlights ... More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Spectacular scenery, a warm summer's day and the chance to see some outstanding birds was the spur to join the Group's outing to the Kentmere valley on the outskirts of the Lake District in mid-May. We were not disappointed. More...

Redshank perched on post

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

... we had a really good start, a marsh harrier passed by us in low quartering, shallow flight with occasional wing-beats; followed by a sparrowhawk with its distinctive mode of flight, flap - flap glide ... More...

MOORE NATURE RESERVE March 2013

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

... another memorable days birding ... More...

View along Conwy Estuary

Saturday, 9 March 2013

We enjoyed the traditional treat of the morning - a bacon and sausage barmcake from the cafe across the road ... More...

FYLDE COAST

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Altogether an excellent, if cold, days birding ... More...

PILLING LANE ENDS - Lancashire Coast

Saturday, 10 November 2012

... although the tide was out, we had very good views and saw a reasonable variety of birds, including Lapwing, Whooper Swans, Little Egret, Curlew, Redshank, Grey Plover, and Great Black-Backed Gulls and Cormorants ... More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 14 October 2012

... As usual this flash attracts lots of gulls, mainly black-headed, but Tom was able to pick out three common gulls distinguished by having a greenish-yellow bill and no blackish marks about its ears ... More...

HILBRE ISLAND

Sunday, 16 September 2012

A trip to Hilbre Island is always special because you have to walk to the island during low tide, then when the tide comes in you can not leave until it goes out again. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 18 August 2012

... Harry Abbott gave a most impressive spiel on the advantages of joining the RSPB but she was not tempted to join ... More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

... even before we started our walk we spotted, from the car park, two soaring buzzards and a family group of three kestrels practising their flying skills ... More...

OLD MOOR RPSB RESERVE

Saturday, 24 March 2012

... the reserve is on the site of a reclaimed open cast mine and has wide level paths suitable for the disabled, connecting the large pools ... More...

VISIT TO MOORE NATURE RESERVE

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Moore Nature Reserve lies between the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey. The site has been managed as a nature reserve since 1991, after a history of being used as a dumping site for canal silt, farmland and for sand quarrying. It covers about 200 acres of woodland, meadows, lakes and ponds. More...

LLANFAIRFECHAN - NORTH WALES

Saturday, 18 February 2012

... a highlight was a male Eider, showing well along with a Cormorant, Redshank, Turnstone and Oystercatchers. More...

A WALKING TOUR OF WIGAN'S FLASHES.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Years ago the area covered by the Wigan flashes was a desert, a moonscape left by the mining industry ...now it is ... 260 hectares of land sympathetically restored and much of it designated as a Local Nature Reserve. More...

BLOWING THE COBWEBS AWAY IN JANUARY

Saturday, 21 January 2012

The first Saturday trip of the year promised to be a good way to blow away the excesses of the Christmas and New Year indulgences. More...

A STROLL ROUND AROUND HAIGH PLANTATIONS - WIGAN

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

... we were greeted by the loud bold song of the mistle thrush, also known as the storm cock because it sings in rough weather early in the year ... More...

Whooper & Bewick's swans feeding in ploughed field

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Caerlaverock is on the north of the Solway Firth, and known for its wintering flocks of Barnacle Geese, with approximately 6,000 in residence. More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Not only has the site been greatly enlarged but it has a new entrance and a posh new Visitor Centre with a wide view overlooking the reserve from the large windows. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Dispite the poor weather a good day's birding was enjoyed by all .... More...

BROCKHOLES

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Graham Tonge describes the Wigan Group's second trip, this year, to the LWT's Brockholes Reserve ... More...

BROCKHOLES 13 July 2011

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Graham Tonge describes the Wigan Group's second trip, this year, to the LWT's Brockholes Reserve ... More...

BARBONDALE IN THE RAIN

Saturday, 25 June 2011

A damp and misty Barbondale welcomed the members who defied a grim weather forecast to travel to southern Cumbria ... More...

BROCKHOLES AND MARTIN MERE

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Twenty three members had a preview visit to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust's new Brockholes site near Preston. This had echoes of 26 years ago when the Group attended a similar outing to the then newly-created Martin Mere. More...

A Day at Moore

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

... it occurres to me that the lesser spotted woodpecker deserves its name more for the infrequency of birdwatchers spotting it than it does for its size - perhaps it should be renamed lesser seen woodpecker to clarify this. More...

ANNUAL TRIP TO NORTH WALES COAST

Saturday, 19 February 2011

few yards along the large rocks of the sea defences we came upon a Rock Pipit and a little further on we found our Purple Sandpipers together with some Turnstones which was nice, because the guide book says they are often found together. More...

FYLDE COAST

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Fiona and Malcolm Alderton give a glimpse of a typical group outing from the leaders' point of view. More...

BIRDWATCHING IN GALE FORCE WINDS.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

It was a rough day ... gale force winds and sandstorms ... but I wouldn't have missed it for anything! More...

A late Summer trip to Formby Point, Sefton

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

... a mixed group of the smaller waders, white-collared ringed plovers, black-bellied dunlin and pale dashing, busily feeding sanderling ... More...

HODBARROW RSPB RESERVE, MILLOM, CUMBRIA

Saturday, 26 June 2010

This remote RSPB reserve, fashioned from the once-extensive iron workings which have left a legacy of large lagoons and crumbling buildings on a landscape which is backed by the spectacular Lake District fells and fronted by a shoreline of dunes and tidal sands, is a curious place. More...

Woolston Eyes, Warrington, Cheshire

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Woolston Eyes is a beautiful reserve built on material dredged from the Manchester Ship Canal - it just shows what can be done with a industrial site! In the last few years many improvements have been made to the hides, giving greater comfort, safety and amenities. More...

House martin in flight

Saturday, 29 May 2010

The Moore nature reserve is quite large, comprising woodland, a lake and open grassland. Hides consist of screens with overhanging roofs giving shelter during showers. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Levens Park was originally a medieval deer park, but was formally restructured as a recreational park around 1700 by Guiliaume Beaumont, the celebrated landscape designer, incorporating a great oak avenue, ancient yew trees and views of the river. More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Marbury C P was once part of a large country estate, its history dating back to around 1200 AD. 'Marbury' means a fortified or stockaded dwelling by the mere or water. On this historic site a large beautiful park has been created. More...

A MORNING VISIT TO PENNINGTON COUNTRY PARK.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Our annual December half day visit to Pennington Flash Country Park on 12.December 2009 proved to be a successful and popular as ever. GRAHAM TONGE takes up the story:- More...

A STROLL AROUND WORTHINGTON LAKES AND A PUB LUNCH

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

After a couple of weeks of almost persistent rain, it was with relief that we were blessed with a nice dry day with some sunshine for our December midweek outing. More...

THE SEFTON COAST

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

An interesting wader had been reported visiting RSPB Marshside on migration so this was our first port of call .... More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Saturday, 4 July 2009

we arrived to hear the racket made by the black headed gulls from the car park. More...

View over reedbed, Leighton Moss

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

The weather forecast was not optimistic, sunny and showery and so we decided to opt for RSPB Leighton Moss in case we needed to seek shelter. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Friday, 22 May 2009

Unlike the well known Borrowdale of the Lake District with Keswick and Derwent Water at its Head, this quiet, unspoilt valley lies just off the M6 near Tebay, on the road to Kendal. More...