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Wirral is the peninsula lying 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 is of National importance for 13 more species, notably 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, extensive beaches and lowland heath. The varying habitats are used by many different species, making the region an excellent base for bird watching.

 

Next Outdoor meeting - Cilcain, Sunday 30th July 2017

A stroll up as far as the ridge of the Clwydian Range starting at the on-road parking half a mile west of Cilcain village. The route starts as a tarmac road and gradually deteriorates to a rough stony track so strong footwear is recommended.

Beginning with hedgerows and farmland the habitat becomes wilder as we gain height with heather and bilberry predominating. Birds should range from ‘chats’ to raptors and scenery will be beautiful if the weather is kind.

Visitors are very welcome to join us at no cost.

Meet off-road car park, half a mile west of Cilcain at 9.30 am.

Directions

The A550 from Two Mills becomes the A 494, by-passing Mold and on towards Loggerheads. Get to Cilcain by turning right after Gwernymynydd on to Cadole Road (signposted to Gwernaffield). Quite a straight road until crossroads at ‘The Hand’ PH where you should turn left. Follow the road through Pantymwyn to Cilcain. At Cilcain pass the ‘White Horse’ on your right and continue up the hill, past the community hall on the right and the church on the left. Take the first turn on the left (no sign) after a couple of hundred yards. Follow this road until you reach the car parking on the right after another few hundred yards. There is a second car park a little further on but we will use the first by preference.

09.30 start

Post Code for SatNav CH7 5PA

 

Next Indoor meeting - THE HILDA TRUESDALE Memorial Talk

"It's a Funny Way to Make a Living" - Michael Leach - Thursday 28th September 2017 (8.00 pm to 9.30 pm)

Michael explains the basics of his art in a revealing, humorous introduction to the realities of professional wildlife filming. This is definitely NOT a technical talk, it explains how to coax animals into the right spot and convince them that no-one is watching.

We uncover cunning, underhand tricks-of-the-trade that produce amazing photographs. Be prepared to have some illusions shattered!

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 attached photograph was provided by Michael Leach.

 

 

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