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.

January 2019

Sun
20

Winter Wader watch

Location: Kings Gap, Hoylake promenade, Hoylake

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 2019 with a new hobby and come along to experience the magic of bird watching ?

Time: 9.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

February 2019

Thu
7

An illustrated talk entitled 'Seabird ecology' by Jonathan Green

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

Dr Jonathan Green is a senior lecturer in marine biology at the University of Liverpool and a member of the Seabird Ecology group. His talk will focus on the lives of seabirds and the challenges they face including over fishing, climate change and renewable energy developments.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
23

Sea birds winter special

Location: Meet at the Tudor Rose Pub on the A540 (Parkgate Road near to the 'Two Mills' junction with the A550) at 8.30 am
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

A trip to the North Wales coast over the tide to look for sea ducks, divers, grebes etc.. This is a hugely popular trip which in the past has produced views of Great Northern Diver, Red Throated Diver, Shag, Long Tailed Duck, massive 'rafts' of Common Scoter and the odd rarer Velvet Scoter. We'll decide exactly which part of the coast to visit a few days before, depending on where the birds have been seen. We'll arrive just before high tide and watch the sea as the tide comes in bringing the birds closer to the shore. Most of the locations we birdwatch from are close to toilets and a cafe - so all your needs are catered for ! We usually then go and visit Conwy RSPB reserve and then down the Conwy valley to a spot where Hawfinch can be found.

Time: 8.30 am

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

March 2019

Thu
7

An illustrated talk entitled 'Biking Birders Year' by Gary Prescott

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

Gary is a UK Green birder, birdwatcher, twitcher and environmentalist.He will be talking about his Biking Birder adventures, telling stories from his three years on the road as he cycled around the UK visiting every RSPB and Wildfowl & Wetland Trust nature reserve - twice! The first person ever to do this, Gary will also tells us how we can make our birding greener.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
16

Woodland Walk at Marbury Country Park

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)

Traditionally March is the month for looking for woodpeckers. At this time of the year the males are staking out their territories and are highly mobile within the wood. With the trees still devoid of leaves the birds are easier to see ......... well that's the theory at least ! Marbury Country Park is perfect for woodpeckers - with the old trees down by the banks of the mere / canal providing not only good feeding habitat but also excellent nesting sites. Not only are we looking for the Great Spotted Woodpecker but also the rarer and more elusive Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. We've had a poor record in seeing this bird in the past but could 2019 change all that ? If you don't go - you'll never know !!!! We also have the opportunity of seeing other woodland birds as well as birds like Kingfisher etc.. on Budworth Mere.

Time: 8.00

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

April 2019

Thu
4

An illustrated talk entitled 'UK travels with a wildlife camera' by David Tolliday

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

David is a wildlife photographer who enjoys getting close to wildlife, studying its behaviour by just sitting, watching and listening. He has travelled widely across the UK with his camera and we are delighted to welcome David back to the group to entertain us with his experiences.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
20

Spring time walk in the Nant Ffrancon valley

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)

This is a new walk for the Group. The Nant Ffrancon valley, in North Wales, has a varied mix of habitats including rock screes, a river, scattered trees and grassland. At this time of year birds have arrived to start breeding and so the air should be filled with the songs of male birds trying to attract a mate or proclaiming their territory. We hope to see Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Raven, Goosander, Tree pipit, Common Sandpiper, Redstart, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel and, hopefully, Twite. Although we will be walking a bit on this trip (about 4 miles) it is along fairly flat and well maintained paths! There is a cafe and toilets, so all your needs are catered for !!

Time: 8.00 am

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

May 2019

Thu
2

AGM and Members slides

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

After last years success we have decided to repeat the members slides after the AGM. 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; £3.00 for non-members

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
18

Woodland and Upland birds around Lake Vyrnwy

Location: Meet at the Tudor Rose Pub on the A540 (Parkgate Road near to the 'Two Mills' junction with the A550) at 7.00 am
Postcode: CH66 9PD (Google map)

It's been a while since the Group has visited the lovely Lake Vyrnwy reserve and so a visit is long overdue. The lake, surrounded by woodland and upland habitat, is an excellent place to spend a day just wandering around looking for wildlife. Not only will we be looking for birds on the lake but we'll walk the various paths that 'break out' from the lake into the surrounding wood and uplands. Specialities for the are are Crossbill, Firecrest, Redstart and Pied Flycatcher with the chance of catching up with Hen Harrier and Short eared Owl on the upland areas. There are few facilities here, so bring your own food and drink !

Time: 7.00 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

June 2019

Thu
6

An illustrated talk entitled 'Cornell - The American Dream'

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

Elliot is known to many of you as a member of the group. He is an all round nature addict but specialises in bird identification. In 2017 he was awarded a Cameron Bespolka Trust scholarship to attend a young birders event at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York state. Elliot will be talking about his trip and the amazing birds and wildlife he experienced on the course.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

Telephone: 07769673018

E-mail: Info@wirralRSPB.org.uk

Sat
8

A day at Leighton Moss RSPB reserve

Location: Meet at the car park outside B&Q, Bidston at 7.30 am

Another trip which is back due to popular demand ! This trip is to the RSPB reserve has always been a favourite trip of the group. June is the time of the year where breeding is starting and so the reed beds and woods will be alive with bird song. There is no doubt that we are all eager to see the Bitterns, Marsh Harriers and Bearded Tits which are the iconic birds of this reserve. But the second 'string' birds of Reed & Sedge warbler; Whitethroat and Avocet aren't bad either ! This is always a day to remember (even if it is just for the lovely home made soup in the cafe !!) so be sure to put your name down early to avoid disappointment.

Time: 7.30 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

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