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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 - Denhall Lane - Sunday 18th December 2016

Meet at Denhall Lane, Burton/Ness 10.00 am

Target birds will be winter visitors to the Dee Marshes - Harriers, Short-eared Owls and wildfowl.

A walk along a metalled track, there and back. There is a café which may well attract us in. Depending on weather etc., we may visit Burton Mere Wetlands later, so please bring your RSPB membership cards if you have them. Dress for the weather and the season. This is a day of escape from festive preparations!

Directions - From the A540 (Chester Rd) follow the signs for Ness Gardens, either through Ness or Burton. Denhall Lane is alongside the gardens and drops down to the front. Station Rd from Burton also drops down to the front.

Park at side of road at the front. SatNav postcode CH64 5SB

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

 

 

Next Indoor meeting - “Gorse Hill Nature Reserve” - Jonathan Atkins - Thursday 26th January 2017 (8.00 pm to 9.30 pm)

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve is a rich, diverse habitat for wildlife, which was set up by the Northwest Ecological Trust.

The reserve commands panoramic views across the West Lancashire Plain to Liverpool, from North Wales to The Lake District and to Pendle and Winter Hills in the east.

Developed from former agricultural land in 1996, the 85 acre site now supports a range of varied habitats, from mixed native woodlands and hedgerows, wildflower meadows, heathland, ponds, wetland and reed beds.

From an open ecological dessert the developing habitats now support a wide range of wildlife.

Run entirely by volunteers, Jonathan Atkins, Reserve Manager, will take you on a guided tour of the reserve, and introduce you to some of the wildlife that now calls Gorse Hill home.

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 photograph, taken at Gorse Hill Nature Reserve by Mark Walters, is of a Yellowhammer.

 

 

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