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.

December 2019

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

January 2020

Thu
2

Fun quiz and film night !!

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

This is a first for the Group. We thought we'd start 2020 off with a fun packed night .... just the right thing to blow away the cobwebs of the festive season. It's going to be a real mixed bag of fun, entertainment and hopefully you'll learn a thing or two !! We'll do a few light hearted easy bird quizzes interspersed with a few short films on nature related topics. It's not a serious night .... you don't need to be 'bird brain of britain' to take part .... the emphasis is on having fun !!

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
11

Wonderful Waders of Wirral

Location: Kings Gap, Hoylake Promenade

The shoreline off Kings Gap, Hoylake is a mecca for wading birds at high tide. The incoming tide pushes the birds closer and closer until they come to rest a few hundred yards off the promenade. Large flocks of Knot, Redshank, Dunlin, Curlew and Oystercatcher congregate here allowing us the chance of getting brilliant views. Normally off-shore we can see Common Scoter, grebes and divers. If we are really lucky we may find a Peregrine coming along to feast on the waders! Experienced birdwatchers with telescopes will be on hand to help you identify the birds. So why not start 2020 with a new hobby and come along to experience the magic of bird watching ?

Time: 10.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

February 2020

Thu
6

An illustrated talk entitled 'The Gambia' by Paul Hill

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

Paul is an ecologist and photographer. He and his wife Julia have lived in Cheshire since 1990. They are both keen naturalists and have travelled throughout the UK and abroad photographing birds and other wildlife. They both visited Gambia in January 2017 and 2018. Their talk shares their experience as they venture up river and back to the Atlantic coast.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
22

Seabirds and waders of Anglesey

Location: Inland Sea, Anglesey. We'll meet at the Tudor Rose Public House on the A540 close to the Two Mills junction with the A550.
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

On a stormy day the waters of the Inland Sea on the Isle of Anglesy can be a safe haven for sea ducks, divers and grebes when the tide is in. We visit this underwatched location to see what we can find as it has been knownin recent winters to have all three divers present at the same time !! If we throw in the possibility of good variety of sea ducks plus Slavonian Grebe, Whooper Swan and Brent Geese you'll realise why this is potentially a brilliant location to go birding. We'll also check the mud banks on the other side of the causeway for waders and Mediterranean Gulls.

Time: 7.30 am

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

March 2020

Thu
5

An illustrated talk entitled 'British Columbia' by Holly Page

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

Holly has been interested in wildlife and the natural world for as long as she can remember. Her main passion has always been birds but in recent years she has developed a keen interest in insects and wildflowers. Her talk takes us on a fabulous tour of British Columbia in Canada exploring the fascinating wildlife of its magnificent coasts, mountains, forests and semi-deserts.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
21

Woodland Birds Spectacular !

Location: Meet at Kings Drive North, West Kirby (just off Column Road, A540)

A lovely wood, found at the back of Caldy in West Kirby, Stapledon Wood is probably the least known Wirral wood. Often overlooked as a birding site, probably due to its close proximity to the houses of West Kirby, it still regularly holds both Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker plus other woodland birds like Nuthatch and Treecreeper. At this time of the year birds are beginning to set up territories so the air is filled with the calls of finches, tits, woodpeckers etc .... nice to hear once again after the quiet of winter ! You've got to get there early to catch the birds, as the wood is well used by dog walkers later in the morning often making it harder to see / hear the birds !!

Time: 6.30 am

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

April 2020

Thu
2

An illustrated talk entitled 'Hawfinches in Wales' by Kelvin Jones

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

Kelvin is the Development Officer for the British Trust for Ornithology Welsh office based in Bangor University. His talk takes us into the private life of the Hawfinch to reveal the secrets of this elusive bird including how their numbers are faring across Wales and where to spot one.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
25

Woodland birds Spectactular Part 2 - Clocaenog Forest

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

Clocaenog Forest, in North Wales, is a huge forest of mixed trees but is made up of predominently evergreen trees. It holds a number of woodland breeding birds which we hope to catch up with such as Crossbill, Siskin and perhaps, if the weather is right, Goshawk ! The forest is large but there are a number of locations that we will visit in the hope of catching our target birds plus others like Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long tailed Tit and Nuthatch.

Time: 7.00 am

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

May 2020

Thu
7

AGM and Members slides

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

We'll have the important business of the AGM dealt with and then turn to the fun part of the night. After the success of previous years, we have decided to continue with the newly created tradition of giving "the stage" to the members of the group. Many of the group take photographs but feel they don't have enough to fill a full talk or they don't feel confident enough to give a full talk, so we've decided to give them the opportunity of doing 'mini-presentations' for up to 15 minutes on a nature topic or topics of their choice. Don't be shy, this is an ideal opportunity to show off your photographs or try your presentation skills in a friendly atmosphere.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
16

A look at breeding wetland and woodland birds at Ynys-hir RSPB

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

Always a popular location for the Group. Ynys-hir RSPB has been made famous by the Spring Watch programmes being aired from there. We go for the Wood Warbler, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers and the Redstart - all of whom breed in good numbers at this lovely wooded reserve. We'll see all the common woodland birds and there is a good chance of coming across Red Kite and Cuckoo. The reserve also boasts a fair sized wetland / reedbed / scrubland area where we are likely to encounter Sedge and Reed Warblers; Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap plus a good chance of Garden Warbler! Down the road is the Osprey nest site, which is always lovely to see. It's a long drive but it is worth it !

Time: 7.00 am

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

June 2020

Thu
4

An illustrated talk entitled 'Life on Venus' by Jim Almond

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

It's a warm welcome back to the 'Shropshire Birder' to take us on a tour of Venus Pool reserve near Shrewsbury. Jim's talk concentrates on the key birds including Kingfisher, Little Egret, warblers and hirundines, passage terns and a host of waders. Also included are dragonflies and damselflies, butterflies and wild flowers including the amazing Green-winged Orchids now established on the reserve.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
20

South Stack RSPB, Anglesey and beyond !

Location: Meet at the Tudor Rose Public House on the A450 close to the Two Mills junction with the A550
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

A trip to South Stack RSPB on Anglesey is probably the highlight of the year. A superb place with a tremendous mixture of habitats which results in a great variety of birds. We will get great views of the rare Puffin and Chough but will also see the commoner Razorbill, Guillemot, Gannet, Shag and Peregrine around South Stack. We will also visit Holyhead harbour looking for the rare breeding Black Guillemot. If we have time, we will venture inland to the Valley Lakes to look for Cetti's Warbler as well as Gadwall, Sedge and Reed warbler. Finally we will move on to Cemlyn Bay for the breeding terns. All in all a wonderful days birding is 'on the cards'.

Time: 7.00 am

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