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.

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

September 2020

Thu
3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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