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Wirral is the peninsula of land between the rivers Dee and Mersey in North West England. The area, particularly the Dee Estuary, is of International importance for Shelduck, Pintail, Oystercatcher, Knot, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank, and it is of National importance for 13 more species, including Curlew, Ruff and Lapwing.

Jay at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston Visitor Centre

Location map showing Wirral

Wirral is blessed with a wide range of different landscapes, including woods, farmland, reed beds, salt marsh and lowland heath. The varying habitats are occupied by many different species, making the region an excellent base for birdwatching.

 

Next Field meeting - Rivacre Valley Country Park, Ellesmere Port - Sunday 26th February 2017

A sylvan oasis in the industrial and suburban sprawl of Ellesmere Port, the valley of the Rivacre Brook offers pleasant walking on well kept paths and a good variety of woodland and water favouring birds.

Meet at Rivacre Road car park at 10.00 am, to look for early signs of Spring in a local river valley.

Directions - Simplest approach is via the M53 leaving at Junction 7. Follow the signs to Overpool and Whitby along Netherpool Road. After ½ mile, after a small roundabout, the nature reserve is signposted. Turn right into B5132, Rivacre Rd. The car park is ¼ mile on the right. Satnav CH66 1SS.

There are no refreshment or toilet facilities on the reserve. Walking boots or shoes should be adequate unless there is prolonged rain previous to the day.

Visitors are very welcome to join us, and there is no charge.

 

Next Indoor meeting - "A Fish With Feathers" - Dr Michael Leach - Thursday 23rd March 2017 (8.00 pm to 9.30 pm)

"A Fish With Feathers" - This is how an early explorer described the strange, comical birds that were discovered in the remote seas around Antarctica.

Unknown to western science until the 15th Century, penguins were first labelled as “strange gooses”.

There are 18 species of penguin alive today, ranging in size from the metre tall Emperor to the tiny Fairy. Earlier penguins were as tall as an adult human.

Penguins are superbly adapted for marine life. They even drink salt water, which is useful as they spend 80% of their time at sea.

Michael Leach has been lucky enough to work with penguins in habitats from the Galapagos to the Antarctic mainland.

This talk looks at penguins, one of the most iconic and popular bird groups in the world. It covers identification, myths, breeding and predators and pure fascination.

This illustrated presentation will take place at Kingsmead School Hall, Bertram Drive, Hoylake, CH47 0LL

Visitors are very welcome, and the charge is £4.00, which includes light refreshments.

The penguin photograph was taken by Michael Leach.

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