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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 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 desert 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.


Next Field meeting - Erddig & Gresford Flash - Sunday 29th January 2017

Meet at Erddig National Trust main car park (SatNav LL13 0YT) at 10.00 am, for a winter walk around the parkland of Erddig Hall, Wrexham. A beautifully landscaped estate consisting of parkland, woods and meadows with a small river.

It can be muddy along the side of the river. Wellies are recommended although waterproof walking boots can cope and there is an alternative 'dry' footpath which can be used.

High winds can cause the estate to be closed due to the risk of falling trees. If in doubt, visit the Erddig website or ring Mike on 625 6757 or 07546 592274

Gresford Flash is a small body of water supporting numbers of waterfowl which may be visited on the way home.

Directions:- Take the M53 which becomes the A55 around Chester. Exit at J38 onto A483 towards Wrexham. Erddig is well signposted on the approach to Wrexham, but be sure to exit at J3 onto A5152 towards Wrexham. One mile down A5152 turn right onto Hafod Road which is more of a lane than a road. After a mile turn left into the Erddig estate. Follow the driveway to the car park which is in an old walled garden.

From Erddig to Gresford Flash:- Return to A483 and drive towards Chester. Exit at J6 turning right onto A5156. A little way on, turn left (just before a footbridge) onto Old Wrexham Road. The flash is on the right, a short distance up this road. Park at side of road (SatNav LL12 8UA).

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

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