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.

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 'Owls, Wildcats, Otters and the secret lives of Badgers' by Malcolm Ingham

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

Malcolm's talk will take us from his days at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston and his work at the Wildlife Unit including being a prosecution expert witness for the police, being on the RSPCA Special Operations team on badger digging and baiting through to his move to Wales, where he uses webcams to monitor otters & badgers on his land.

Malcolm has just published a book about his life. Called 'From Badgers to Nighthawks: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger' it is full of stories including the trials and tribulations of a badger release, chasing a deer in Birkenhead, rescuing a Saker Falcon off an Iranian ship and returning an American Nighthawk to Belize!

If you're looking for a good Christmas present for a loved one, why not buy a copy of his book which will be on sale at the meeting !!

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