Monday, 17 September 2018

Recording at Thurstaston Common


Quadrats at Thurstaston

Our recording team have been out doing the annual recording of 12 fixed quadrats on Thurstaston Common. This is a long-running programme of monitoring the heathland for the National Trust, started by Andrew Brockbank over 20 years ago.

So that is why Hilary, Tay and Mathilde are deep in heather and western gorse - photographed by the fourth member of this year's team, June.

Finding the pegs which mark each quadrat is half the job, especially when the heather is tall like this. A combination of GPS, measurements from landmarks, a metal detector - and good old-fashioned searching.

The data help assess how well the management programme is going, comparing quadrats inside and outside the grazing paddocks. So if you happen to see a metal bar sticking a few inches up from the ground when walking on Thurstaston Common - please leave it alone, it marks a permanent quadrat.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Open Day on the Heswall Dales













Saturday 15th September
11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Come and discover the ‘Treasures of the Dales’ - enjoy woodland walks, rare lowland heath and stunning views over the Dee estuary, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.

The Friends of Heswall Dales and the Ranger will be on hand to point out some of the interesting features of this beautiful local nature reserve.

Walking maps and information will be available from outside the Ranger’s Cottage, off Oldfield Road.

Go around our self-guided walk looking out for the ‘Treasures’ while learning a bit about the natural history of this jewel of Wirral as you go.

For more information check the Friends’ website:

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Dibbinsdale’s Birds Need Your Help!


Dibbinsdale breeding birds

Natural England are looking for volunteer surveyors to carry out breeding bird surveys at Dibbinsdale SSSI.


Friday, 24 August 2018

Heritage Open Day Walk at Butterfly Park


Lime truck 1966

Sunday 9th September
2 – 3.30 p.m.

A walk around New Ferry Butterfly Park as part of Wirral Heritage Open Days
‘New Ferry Butterfly Park: An Industrial Legacy To Butterfly Haven’

The walk will explore the industrial history of this former railway goods yard (brick-making and railway operation), and how this has contributed to the wildlife diversity of the park. Short walk of only about 600 metres, but much to see.

Location: Howell Road, New Ferry (approach road to Bebington Station Car Park).

The Park is signed from Bebington Road, and the access is between Aldi (CH62 5BG) and the railway overbridge. The lower half of the park is disabled-accessible.

Booking is not necessary. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

For more information contact: Paul Loughnane,
email or telephone 0151 645 8937

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Bat Walk at River Park


Bat Walk

Bat Walk at Port Sunlight River Park
Thursday 30th August

8.30 to 10 p.m.

£3 per person.
Book in advance.

Telephone 07587550060
or email anne.litherland@autismtogether.co.uk

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Seabird Conservation Talk



Seabird Conservation

Global Seabird Conservation: Hoisting The Mast For Hope On A Stormy Sea


A talk by Dr Cleo Small - RSPB and Birdlife International
University of Liverpool
3rd September 2018
6 p.m.

Free tickets available by email: seabirdconference@liverpool.ac.uk

Most seabird populations and species are declining, many to globally threatened levels. At sea, commercial fisheries and pollution are taking their toll; on land, alien invasive predators and habitat disturbance and destruction are impacting many colonies. Climate change may cause (or exacerbate) problems in both domains. However, the last two decades have also seen notable successes in eradicating alien predators (mainly on uninhabited islands) and in finding solutions to seabird bycatch in longline and trawl fisheries.

Dr Small will present the view from BirdLife International on whether there are reasons to be optimistic for the future of the world’s seabirds, by reviewing some current and prospective global initiatives, including the development of new research and monitoring techniques, as well as pioneering collaborations involving governments, non-governmental organisations, scientists and civil society.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Green Flag Awarded To Butterfly Park


Raising the Green Flag

Chair of Wildlife Trust slices a brimstone butterfly in half with a billhook…

New Ferry Butterfly Park, adjacent to Bebington Station, has been recognised as one of the UK’s very best green spaces, receiving a prestigious Green Flag Community Award for 2018-2019.

To celebrate, the volunteers held a BBQ and invited Chris Koral, the Chair of Cheshire Wildlife Trust, to raise the Green Flag and join in the fun with the volunteers.

Chris Koral, before raising Green Flag, said "What a great community asset the park is and how it has moved on considerably in the last three years since my previous visit, with more bio-diverse habitats, artworks and a greater engagement with the public. It is a great tribute to the work of a dedicated volunteer group and is exactly where the wildlife trust movement should be.’ This is Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s only reserve with a Green Flag.

Cutting the cake with a billhook

Chris was handed a Yorkshire billhook to cut the yellow brimstone butterfly cake. Brimstone butterflies were first recorded breeding in Wirral at New Ferry Butterfly Park in 2014 and have remained constant residents ever since. As a thank you for being our guest of honour, Chris was given a fitting book, Butterflies of Cheshire, which contains a favourable mention of New Ferry Butterfly Park.

Presentation of a book, Butterflies of Cheshire

Paul Loughnane, Honorary Secretary of New Ferry Butterfly Park, said, “This is a record breaking summer season for the number of visiting groups to the park and for some of our butterfly residents at the park. It is great to have the volunteers’ BBQ where we can all relax instead of working. The Green Flag Award is a real pat on the back for all those volunteers involved with the habitat management and those who engage with the public and visiting groups. This year the park was judged by a mystery shopper!”


The park is open on sunny summer Sunday afternoons, 12-4pm until the close of this year’s season on Sunday 9th September. On this date there will be a free heritage walk at 2 p.m. (no need to book, just turn up) describing how the industrial nature of the site has benefited wildlife here.