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.

March 2018

Thu
1

An illustrated talk entitled 'Donana in SW Spain' by Paul Kenyon

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

The Doņana National Park is a natural reserve in Andalusia, southern Spain. It is an area of marshes, shallow streams, and sand dunes in Las Marismas, the delta where the Guadalquivir River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It was established as a nature reserve in 1969 when the World Wildlife Fund joined with the Spanish government to purchase a section of the marshes to protect it from 'developement'. The park features a great variety of ecosystems and shelters wildlife including thousands of migratory and breeding birds. Hear all about this beautiful birdwatching area from Paul.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to Wirral Local Group members; £3 for non-Wirral Local Group members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
24

Watching Black Grouse

Location: Meet at the Llandegla Forest Activity Centre, Ruthin Road, Llandegla, Wrexham, North Wales, LL11 3AA at 6.00 am
Postcode: LL11 3AA (Google map)

We've done this trip a few times and it is hugely popular despite the very early start. We have to be in position as close to dawn as possible and as the sun comes up hope to see numerous Blackcock displaying on the moorland. The sight and sounds of the display are amazing! Apart from the Black grouse we also hope to catch up with Crossbill and Siskin in the woods around the forest. Very popular and places are limited.

Time: 6.00 am

Price: £4.50 parking charge per car

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

April 2018

Thu
5

An illustrated talk entitled 'The natural history of Martin Mere - the past, present and future' by Tom Clare

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

Tom is the reserve manager at the WWT's premier reserve of Martin Mere. Not far from the conurbations of Liverpool and Southport, the reserve is a haven for many thousands of wildfowl during the winter months. Martin Mere also has a sizable 'collection' of captive birds and the WWT are well known for their vital work in bird conservation. It's a site that is not far from us and the group usually tries to visit Martin Mere every few years. Tom is going to tell us about Martin Mere's history and his aspirations for the future of the reserve. It will be interesting to hear about how the reserve came about and what the future holds for it. Certainly a talk not to be missed on this fascinating local topic.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to Wirral Local Group members; £3 for non-Wirral Local Group members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
14

Looking for migrant birds in the Leasowe Lighthouse area

Location: Meet at the car park at the Meols end of the promenade at CH47 7BA
Postcode: CH47 7BA (Google map)

Nothing beats getting up early in the morning to find that there has been a 'fall' of migrant birds. Previously empty hedges or fields come alive as the new arrivals feed or announce their presence by song. Wheatear, Whinchat, Redstart and various warblers should be arriving and there will be experienced birders present to help you sort out the 'little brown jobs'. The Leasowe lighthouse area of the North Wirral Coastal Park has had a reputation for being a migrant 'hot spot' for many years, giving regular sightings of migrants including Grasshopper Warbler and Ring Ousel. It is even known for producing very rare birds in spring - with Red-rumped Swallow being seen on 3 consecutive springs ! We finish the morning off with a lovely cooked breakfast ......what more could you want !

Time: 6.30 am

Price: Free (although you'll have to buy your own breakfast !)

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

May 2018

Thu
3

AGM and 'Members' pictures

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

Breaking with tradition, we have decided to give "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 Wirral Local Group members; £3 for non-Wirral Local Group members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
19

Spring woodland birds

Location: We meet at the Tudor Rose Public House on the A540 near the Two Mills junction at 7.00 am before proceeding by car to Ynys-Hir RSPB Reserve, approximately 3 miles outside Machynlleth, Powys.
Postcode: SY20 8TA (Google map)

Ynys-hir mixes Welsh oak woodland with wet grassland and saltmarshes. At this time of the year the ground is carpeted in flowers, and birdsong fills the air. We are here to look for two particular nesting summer migrants who should have arrived by now and the males set up territory - the Pied Flycatcher and the Redstart. Both these birds nest in holes in trees but readily use the nestboxes put up to encourage them to breed. Other birds of great interest will be Wood Warblers, Spotted Flycatchers and all 3 Woodpeckers but we can expect to see a whole host of woodland birds in the area of old Oak trees. Add to this the birds we will see on the wet grassland / saltmarsh which will include the breeding Sedge / Reed Warbler; Stonechat, Whinchat and Redshank and this reserve will keep us occupied for the whole of the day.

Time: 7.00am

Price: Free to RSPB members.

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

June 2018

Thu
7

An illustrated talk entitled 'Hilbre - 60 years of HBO' by Phil Woollen

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

Phil is a new speaker for the group. He is a well known and respected local birder who admits that he started birding so long ago he can't recall exactly when it was ! He spent his early bird watching years in Suffolk but moved to Wirral in 1983. He is a very keen ringer and spends a lot of time on Hilbre Island, found in the mouth of the Dee estuary. His talk today is all about this magical island and the 60 years it has been a bird observatory. Come to hear Phil tell us about the highs and lows of life at the observatory over the years.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to Wirral Local Group members; £3 for non-Wirral Local Group members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
9

Doxey Marsh and Cannock Chase

Location: Meet at the Tudor Rose Public House on the A540 near the Two Mills junction at post code CH66 9PD
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

Ever wanted to hear the magical 'churring' call of the Nightjar or the strange noise of a 'roding' Woodcock, then this is for you. We have an evening meet to listen on the heathland at Cannock Chase. The 'chase' is the smallest area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on mainland Britain. It is best known for its open heathland and pine forest. This mix of heathland and trees makes it a great site to see these two lovely birds together with an opportunity of seeing Tree Pipit and Wood Lark. On the way down to Cannock, we will stop off at the small marsh reserve of Doxey Marsh (just outside Stafford) looking for warblers and waders. There are several hides and wildlife tracks here looking over a numbers of pools and reedbeds.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

September 2018

Thu
6

An illustrated talk entitled 'Hope for Hen Harriers' by James Bray

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

This week we hear from the newest member of the RSPB Skydancer team. James has been employed to monitor and look after the Hen Harriers and other birds of prey in Bowland. As Bowland has been so important for Hen Harriers in England over the years, James admits that this will be very exciting and challenging work. We all know about the persecution suffered by our birds of prey on the moors and so hopefully the work of James, and his team on the Bowland Project, will make a difference. Please come to the talk and let James explain his vitally important work and show our support for his team.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to Wirral Local Group members; £3 for non-Wirral Local Group members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sun
9

Looking for autumn migrants on the Island of Anglesey

Location: Soldier's Point, Breakwater Country Park, Holyhead, Anglesey. Meet at the Tudor Rose House on the A540 near the Two Mills junction
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

At the western side of Holyhead Harbour is the longest breakwater in Britain, standing at 2.4 km long, which has protected the ships in the harbour from the worst the Irish Sea can throw at them since its construction in 1873. The breakwater is made of stone quarried from the nearby Holyhead Mountain with the now disused quarries forming the Breakwater Country Park. This area is made up of shrubs and the rough vegetation is a haven for migrating birds - especially when the weather is bad. This area has had many a 'rarity' found over the years but also boasts an impressive list of 'regular' birds. We can also seawatch from the breakwater and if the wind direction is right, we could get close views of Shearwaters, Gannets, Terns and, if we are lucky, petrels.

Time: 7.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

October 2018

Thu
4

An illustrated talk entitled '2 hours from Tranmere' by Colin Bradshaw

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

Colin is a former Chairman of the British Rarities Committee and so he knows a thing or two about birds. He has travelled all around the world in pursuit of his hobby of birdwatching and bird photography. However, tonights talk is much closer to home. He's going to tell us all about birding in Spain - a mere two hours flight time from here. With cheap flights, bird watching in Spain is now readily accessible to UK birders and with the fact that birds that are rare in the UK being commoner in Spain, its a great place to brush up on your bird identification. Let Colin transport you to Spain and hopefully 'whet' your appetite for a trip there !

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Free to Wirral Local Group members; £3 for non-Wirral Local Group members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
27

Trip to Pennington Flash Country Park

Location: Pennington Flash Country Park near Wigan. Meet at B&Q car park at Bidston, Wirral

A very popular trip to this wonderful site. The site consists of a large area of comparatively shallow water which holds good number of Little and Great Crested Grebe (and often the rarer grebes); ducks and snipe. There are also hides which overlook wooded wet areas and the bird feeding station. It is the latter hide which is always of great interest because it is one of the best places to see Willow Tit and Water Rail, both of which are attracted by the food. Other birds attracted to the feeders are Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Greenfinch as well as the usual Tits. Add a good walk and a bacon butty from the van in the car park to round it all off and you have a very successful day!

Time: 8.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

November 2018

Thu
1

An illustrated talk entitled 'Scilly Pelagic' by Jim Almond

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

Jim is no stranger to the Group, having given a number of brilliant talks to us in the past. He is an excellent photographer, having won the coveted title of Birdguides photo of the year in 2008 with a breathtaking photograph of a Hobby. We are really lucky to have him once again. He great mixture of superb pictures, funny stories and 'easy listening' style makes him a firm favourite. Put your slippers on and relax whilst Jim entertains you for the night with tales of his trips off the Scilly Islands looking for sea birds.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Free to Wirral Local Group members; £3 for non-Wirral Local Group members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
10

Looking for winter waders and seaduck at Penrhos Coastal Park, Anglesey.

Location: Penrhos Coastal Park, Holy Island, Anglesey. Meet at the Tudor Rose Public House on the A540 near the Two Mills junction.
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

The 200 acre park known as Penrhos Coastal Park, just outside Holyhead on the Island of Anglesey, is a great place to birdwatch in winter. When the tide is out the mud in Beddmanarch Bay is home for many thousands of waders (including Dunlin, Knott, Godwits etc..) and when the tide is in the sheltered waters hold many species of wildfowl and Grebes / Divers - so whatever the time of day there will be birds to watch. Couple this with the passerines found in the the woods and scrubland in the Park and we are bound to have a really interesting time !

Time: 8.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

December 2018

Thu
6

An illustrated talk entitled 'A year at BMW' by Alasdair Grubb

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

Alasdair is the reserve manager at Burton Mere Wetlands (affectionately known as BMW), which is one of the RSPB reserves on the Dee Estuary. A huge amount of effort has gone into the reserve by the RSPB and what fanatsic results - good numbers of breeding Avocet, Little Egret and Lapwing; Cattle Egret sucessfully breeding for the first time in 2017 and countless rare birds having been recorded on the reserve. Often we don't appreciate that Alasdair and his team are out on the reserve in all weathers every day of the year working to get conditions just right so that BMW can justifiably claim to be the premier reserve of the north. Come along and hear from Alasdair about the highlights of 2018 down at BMW.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Free to Wirral Local Group members; £3 for non-Wirral Local Group members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
8

Trip to Fairburn Ings

Location: RSPB Fairburn Ings Visitor Centre, Newton Ln, Castleford, WF10 2BH. Meet at Tudor Rose Public House on the A540 near the Two Mills junction at post code CH66 9PD
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

We've not been to Fairburn Ings for many years now so a trip there is long overdue. 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 the large Whooper Swan roost; the wintering flocks of Smew and Goosander together with large flocks of waders feeding of the shallow pools. 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. Occasionally Long eared Owl roost here but they can be absent for many years. There are excellent facilities here with trails, hides, toilets and that ever important 'snack bar' !

Time: 7.30 am

Price: Free to RSPB members.

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk