Monday 26 August 2013

Dibbinsdale Bug Hunt - 31st August

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The Friends of Dibbinsdale are holding a Bug Hunt on Saturday 31st August, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. This is a chance to learn about the mini-beasts that live in the Reserve, including insects, spiders and woodlice.

Suitable for all ages over 5 years to adult. Under 12s should be accompanied by an adult.

You will need suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

For more information about the Friends see their website:

Wednesday 14 August 2013

A Lovely Day Was Had By All

On Sunday August 11th a new interactive artwork, created by Pam Sullivan, was unveiled at New Ferry Butterfly Park by local councillor Steve Niblock. It was an instant hit with adults and children alike.

The sunny afternoon enabled over 170 visitors to enjoy the sight of 11 species of butterfly and also enjoy pond dipping, a barbecue and the cake stall. Ed managed to display the moths he had trapped the night before, the new Domino Trail was a success and the Fruit Picking and Foraging Workshop was popular.

Thanks to everyone who helped.

Saturday 10 August 2013

New(t) Artwork

On Sunday 11th August New Ferry Butterfly Park will be unveiling a new interactive artwork for children by artist Pam Sullivan at 1.45 p.m.

The artwork consists of 'guess how many newt larvae in the pond' and various 'lift the flap' games, as well as an actual insect habitat. We hope local children will have lots of fun identifying all the creatures on the work.

This will be followed at 2 p.m. by a Fruit Picking Workshop and we will have a Foraging Walk showing what edible plants we have on site. 

It’s also our annual volunteers BBQ on the day so we hope to share and eat some of the plants with our burgers and hotdogs.

The Open Day is free and will include games, the BBQ, a cake sale and a raffle. All are welcome to come along, from 12 - 4 p.m.

The photo shows a sneak preview of the newts - only a very small part of the overall artwork by Pam. We hope you can make it along on the day.

Sunday 4 August 2013

More events in August

Common blue butterfly on bramble at the Butterfly Park. Photo: NFBP

Sunday 11th August
Fruit Picking Workshop and Fundraising Day
New Ferry Butterfly Park

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Come and see what grows at the park and collect some fruit and other edibles. We will also be having a raffle and cake stall (any donations for these will be very welcome).

Family friendly but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Stout footwear and waterproofs recommended.

Public transport available - the Park is next to Bebington Train Station. Map of location.

For more information contact Carol Ramsay by email.

Hilbre Island from Red Rocks. Photo: Dweller88

Thursday 15th, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August
Hilbre Island Guided Walks

Meet 10 a.m.

Head out across the sands from West Kirby to discover the rock pools, seals and seabirds of Hilbre Island. Keep an eye out for the inquisitive grey seals and take part in a scavenger hunt too.

Cost: £5.

Booking essential - Contact Tracey Gibson at Cheshire Wildlife Trust on 01948 820728.

Cleaver Heath. Photo: Laura Higginbottom

Sunday 25th August
Heathland Walk

Meet Cleaver Heath, Heswall - 1.30 p.m.

This event is jointly organised by Wirral Wildlife and Wirral Rangers. A two-hour guided walk, looking at the wildlife and management of Cleaver Heath and Heswall Dales, both areas of scarce lowland heath and designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Sorry, no dogs.

Further details from Mike - 342 4249 (Wirral Wildlife) or Paul - 677 7594 (Mid-Wirral Rangers).