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October 2007

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Feed the Birds Day .... as seen on TV!

Feed the Birds Day .... as seen on TV!

The Group's Feed the Birds Day initiative at the Thurstaston Visitors Centre of Wirral Country Park was previewed by none other than Granda TV's Fred the Weatherman. Fred came down to see how we were encouraging children to make their own feeders. The story was aired in Granada Reports on wednesday evening with Fred proudly showing the feeder he had made earlier in the day. Not only did we make feeders with the children but also advised them, and their parents, on why and how best to feed the birds. The event proved a huge success and it was pleasing to see that our younger generation are very keen on looking after our wildlife. The centre at Thurstaston is a wonderful place to get close to nature, either by walking along the Wirral Way or by watching from the hide the birds feeding on the food provided by the centre staff.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

The Eyes have it !

The Groups trip to Woolston Eyes proved to be a very enjoyable experience. Just a few miles outside of Warrington and within a stones throw of the busy M6 motorway "the eyes" are an oasis of tranquility. We were met by Brian Martin, one of the founders of the reserve, and were treated to a facinating story of how the eyes were created, how the reserve is managed and its wildlife. We were greeted by a family of long tailed tits feeding on the bushes on either side of the approach road and that same family, or perhaps another, flew past us as we walked to the first hide on the reserve. A Buzzard flew lazily over the carpark - one of several seen that day. Ducks were everywhere. Large numbers of teal, gadwall, tufted duck and pochard could be found on virtually every area of open water. A pair of great crested grebe still feeding their young could be found on the Mersey as it meandered its way past us. Water rails could be heard calling in the reeds and the odd snipe flew over but unfortunately landing out of sight. A skein of 32 Pink footed geese flew over, probably making their way to Martin Mere or Marshside. All agreed we would be back for more of the "eyes magic".