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.

September 2020

Thu
3

##### Cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak ##### An illustrated talk entitled 'Chile' by Nick Brooks

Location: Bromborough Civic Centre, Allport Lane, Bromborough, Wirral
Postcode: CH62 7HR (Google map)

Nick is General Manager at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre. In 2016 he travelled the length of Chile by plane, car and boat. His talk takes us from watching three species of flamingos in the high Andes, bordering Bolivia, to hanging out with King Penguins in Tierra del Fuego and driving one of the world's scariest roads in search of the iconic Diademed Sandpiper Plover.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Free to Local Group Members; £4.00 for non-members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
19

##### Cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak ##### A look at the birds of the Dee Esturay

Location: Meet at Denhall Quay (near to the Harp Inn) at 7.00 am.
Postcode: CH64 0TB (Google map)

The Dee Estuary is a vital habitat for many of our birds and the RSPB either owns or manages most of the estuary on both sides of the river. September is a time of movement in the bird world and the Dee Estuary often attracts large numbers of waders, wildfowl and birds of prey, either passing through to their wintering grounds further south or stopping on the Dee for the winter. We'll look for Harriers hunting the marsh and we are bound to see Little and Great Egrets feeding on the marsh. This is the time of year when rare waders turn up so we'll be keeping an eye out for something special.

Time: 7.00 am

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

October 2020

Thu
1

##### Cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak ##### An illustrated talk entitled "Artery of Life - wildlife of the upper Mersey Estuary" by Anthony Brandreth

Location: Bromborough Civic Centre, Allport Lane, Bromborough, Wirral
Postcode: CH62 7HR (Google map)

Anthony has 30 plus years experience of environmental work as a local authority ranger and a freelance ecologist. As project officer for Artery of Life his role was to re-connect people with nature on their doorstep, using the Upper Mersey Estuary, encouraging more people to understand, appreciate and enjoy the outdoors through a range of activities. His talk brings the story up to date to include the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and the latest news and initiatives.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to Local Group Members; £4.00 for non-members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
24

##### Cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak ##### Trip to Potteric Carr near Doncaster

Location: Meet at Tudor Rose Public House on the A540 (close to its Two Mills junction with the A550) at 7.30 am
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

A visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts reserve at Potteric Carr near Doncaster has become a 'must' attend outdoor meeting of the Group! There are nature trails which wind around a stunning wetland habitat littered with pockets of woodland and wildflower meadows. Hides allow you to get up close and personal with birds such as woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Water Rail and Marsh Harriers. In addition during your wander you may also encounter mammals such as Roe Deer. And then there's a lovely cafe, which just adds to the appeal !!

Time: 7.30am

Price: Free (but if you are not a Wildlife Trust member you will need to pay the reserve entry fee)

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

November 2020

Thu
5

##### Cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak ##### An illustrated talk entitled 'A shot at Wildlife 2016' by Pauline & Ian Greenhalgh

Location: Bromborough Civic Centre, Allport Lane, Bromborough, Wirral
Postcode: CH62 7HR (Google map)

Pauline and Ian are wildlife photographers of the highest order. Their talk is a compilation of their best and most favourite shots from 2016 covering a range of subjects: birds, mammals, flora, fungi, insects, reptiles and scenic views all feature. Their subjects have either been deliberately chosen to be looked for or something they have dropped on by chance. Anything they can get close enough to photograph will be photographed!

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Free to Local Group Members; £4.00 for non-members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
21

##### Cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak ##### Trip to Martin Mere and Lunt Meadows

Location: Meet at the car park outside B&Q, Bidston at 8.00 am

The WWT reserve at Martin Mere is a brilliant birding site as you can get close and personal with a wide variety of wildfowl, Geese and waders. There are several modern hides which enable the whole of the reserve to be observed with relative ease. Geese, ducks and swans are the speciality of this reserve but it's also a good place to see Marsh Harriers, Kingfisher, Tree Sparrow and Willow Tit. We'll spend most of the day there but then move on to the nearby Lunt Meadows reserve just before dusk on the look out for Short eared Owls that hunt the wet meadows.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: Free (but if you are not a WWT member you will need to pay the reserve entry fee)

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

December 2020

Thu
3

##### Cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak ##### An illustrated talk entitlde 'BMW, an update' by an RSPB Reserve staff member

Location: Bromborough Civic Centre, Allport Lane, Bromborough, Wirral
Postcode: CH62 7HR (Google map)

Burton Mere Wetlands is probably the RSPB's premier reserve in the north of England and it's our local reserve! We are so lucky to have such a wonderful reserve on our doorstep. The RSPB has had a presence on the Dee Estuary for 40 years and the reserve of Burton Mere Wetlands is going from strength to strength. New breeders such as Avocet, Cattle and Great Egret plus Bearded Tit are just the icing on the huge success in increasing breeding numbers upon the reserve of 'endangered' UK breeding species such as Lapwing, Redshank and Snipe. Come and hear from a member of staff about the 'year at BMW' and the plans for the future.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Free to Local Group Members; £4.00 for non-members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
5

##### Cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak ##### Trip to Sandwell Valley RSPB near Birmingham

Location: Meet at Tudor Rose Public House on the A540 (close to the Two Mills junction with the A550) at 8.00am
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

This is a first for the Group. This enchanting urban green space, once used by the nearby colliery, now flourishes with wildlife. Sandwell Valley is a fascinating mosaic of different habitats providing homes to a variety of wildlife. The main attraction in winter are the wildfowl such as Goosander, Shoveller and Wigeon that use the managed lake to feed and shelter.

Time: 8.00am

Price: Free (but if you are not an RSPB member you will need to pay the entry fee to the reserve)

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk