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 2019

Thu
5

An illustrated talk entitled 'Shetland to Scilly' by Ashley Grove

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

Ashley's passion for nature and the great outdoors developed from a very young age. He has volunteered for the RSPB for many years and established himself as a very capable wildlife photographer. Ashley runs and leads 'Experience Nature' holidays in the UK and abroad. His talk, as the title suggests, takes us on a journey all the way from Shetland, right down to The Isles of Scilly, celebrating some of Britain's wonderful bird life.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to Local Group Members; £3.00 for non-members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
14

Day trip to Hilbre Island

Location: Meet at Dee Lane slipway, West Kirby at 8.30 am prompt

Another favourite of the group, the trip to Hilbre Island is always a well attended event. At this time of the year sea passage is in full swing with terns passing the island on their migration south. Following the terns come the Skuas, with Arctic the most regularly seen but Great and Pomarine Skua have been seen on previous occasions. Gannets & shearwaters also pass, in good numbers if the weather is right. The island is also a magnet for small migrants, with common and rare passerines turning up on the island. It is the sort of place were you expect the unexpected ! Bring your own food & drink and dress for any type of weather (usually all 4 seasons in one day !). Wellington boots are also a must ! We leave for the island at 8.30 am and overstay the tide.

Time: 8.30 am

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

October 2019

Thu
3

An illustrated talk entitled 'Belarus' by Barrie Cooper

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

Barrie worked twenty-six years for the RSPB, the last thirteen years as an international officer. He currently leads tours to four continents for The Travelling Naturalist wildlife Tour Company. His talk takes us to Belarus with its ancient forests, bogs and marshes making it a rich country for wildlife including Azure Tit and Aquatic Warbler. Mammals such as Lynx, Wolf, Bison and Beaver supplement a good selection of birds including raptors, owls and woodpeckers.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to Local Group Members; £3.00 for non-members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sun
13

Sea watching off Point Lynas, Anglesey

Location: Meet at the Tudor Rose Pub on the A540 (Parkgate Road near to the 'Two Mills' junction with the A550) at 8.00 am
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

Over the last few years Anglesey, and particularly Point Lynas, has been getting a reputation for being a good winter sea watching location. Birds regularly seen off its shores include all 3 Divers; sea duck including 2 types of Scoter plus Eider and Long tailed Duck plus wintering Black Guillemot and Puffin. On the rocks surrounding the point, Purple Sandpiper are regularly seen sheltering over the tide. Really any sea bird can be seen from here and so we should expect the 'unexpected'. The downside is that you are pretty exposed here so bring warm / waterproof clothing plus there are no facilities here, so bring all the food / hot drink you will need !

Time: 8.00 am

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

November 2019

Thu
7

An illustrated talk entitled 'Bardsey Island - it's history and wildlife' by Hugh Stewart

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

Many of you will know Hugh from meeting him birding around Wirral and as a member of Wirral Bird Club for which he writes his blog, Hugh's News. Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli in Welsh) lies a couple of miles off the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales. Hugh's illustrated talk on this wonderful location covers its history, spectacular landscape, the varied wildlife, and the special aura of "The Island in the Currents"."

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to Local Group Members; £3.00 for non-members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
9

Trip to St Aiden RSPB reserve

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

This is a new reserve for the Group. Close to the RSPB's reserve of Fairburn Ings, St Aiden is similar but different ! This RSPB reserve, positioned close to the busy M1 motorway east of Leeds, is a haven for all sorts of birds but its specialities are wildfowl and waders feeding on the huge shallow pools. However, this hasn't always been the case ..... in its is previous life this area was a huge open cast coal mine and you are reminded of this by the presence of a huge 'digger' close to the reserve entrance. Short eared Owl and Peregrine hunt the area frequently, with the latter spreading panic amongst the waders and small duck - such as teal and wigeon. Red Kite is another frequent visitor to the reserve. There are excellent facilities here with trails, toilets and that ever important 'snack bar' (selling hot drinks and sandwiches) but beware the reserve is very exposed to the elements so warm / waterproof clothing (and wellingtons) are a must !

Time: 8.00 am

Price: Free (but you'll need to be a member of the RSPB to gain free entry into the RSPB reserve)

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

December 2019

Thu
5

An illustrated talk entitled 'Bird photography - past and present' by Ben Tarvie

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

Ben is a professional bird photographer and manages Eyrie Photographics, running photography workshops with birds of prey. His talk takes us on a tour of his photographic collection through the years, illustrated with many different bird species.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to Local Group Members; £3.00 for non-members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
7

Winter Wonderland - Malltraeth RSPB Reserve

Location: Meet at the Tudor Rose Pub on the A540 (Parkgate Road near to the 'Two Mills' junction with the A550) at 8.00 am
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

A long overdue visit to Malltraeth Reserve. This area was made famous by the bird artist Charles Tunnicliffe, whose home 'Shorelands' overlooks the pools at Malltraeth. This is a great place for winter wildfowl, with the Pintail being the local speciality. We also hope to see other ducks together with birds of prey (such as Hen Harrier, Merlin etc..) as well as waders. There are no facilities here, so come wrapped up warm and with food / drinks.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: Free (but you'll need to be a member of the RSPB to gain free entry into the RSPB reserve)

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk