Thursday, 4 October 2018

Apple Day


Apple Day was celebrated on September 30th at Eastham Country Park.

Local apples were on display with a record 32 varieties picked from orchards at Brimstage Hall, Upton Hall School and Willaston and some from our volunteers.

Apples ready to be tasted.



















The traditional apple press was used to make delicious juice and children are always keen to help....

























.......and to taste it.



















Slightly less strenuous is seeing how long a piece of peel you can get from an apple using our peeling machine. 





















Children also coloured in apple pictures and wrote poems to glue on our wooden tree.




We know that the group held an Apple Day in 1996 and every year since then.

Recently we have been lucky enough to have Mersey Morris Men with us.


















A day to truly celebrate the British apple.

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.