Tuesday 28 July 2015

Seaside Fun for National Marine Week

This week is National Marine Week. From July 25th to August 9th, the North West Wildlife Trusts are holding events around the region's coastline, giving you the chance to explore the seashore, discover dunes and wallow with whelks.
This year’s theme is dolphins and the Trusts are calling on people to look out for them and record their sightings after a pod of more than 100 dolphins was spotted in the Irish Sea. Throughout the campaign you can share your sightings and photos on Twitter by tagging @LivingSeasNW

On August 9th two events will take place on the Wirral:

Seaside Fun Day
Thurstaston Beach
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join us for a day of seashore fun for all the family, including giant beach art, crafts with Shore Cottage Studio and the chance to meet Blue Planet's Charlie the clown fish. Plus, learn all about our amazing coastal wildlife.

Walk to Hilbre
9.45am prompt arrival for 10am start.
Take in the two miles across the sands to Hilbre Island where hundreds of seals are hauled out on to the sand banks of the River Dee Estuary and can be seen clearly with a telescope. Many more swim around to the end of the island where you may get a close look. The day will include a seaside scavenger hunt, rock pool dipping, bird and seal watching. Not suitable for children under five.

You can find out more about National Marine Week and the activities planned on the Wirral and the north west of England via the Cheshire Wildlife Trust website:

And if you haven’t already, please take this opportunity to sign up to the national Ocean Giants campaign:

Thursday 23 July 2015

In Praise of Pollinators

New Ferry Butterfly Park was thrilled to be nominated for Defra's Pollinator Champion of Champions Award.

The award recognises excellent practice in land management to support pollinators. Schools, farms, local authorities, community groups and the construction industry were represented. The event took place on July 17th as part of Pollinator Awareness Week, designed to raise awareness of pollinator needs and highlight what everyone can do to support pollinators.

We did not win first prize but were given a winner’s certificate and we are extremely pleased to see the importance of pollinators being highlighted.

Come along to New Ferry Butterfly Park on a Sunday afternoon between 12 noon and 4 p.m. and see for yourself what is happening on the reserve.

“Congratulations on being nominated for this award - there were 25 fantastic entries and the judging panel had a very difficult task indeed”.

Jen Taylor, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Monday 13 July 2015

Seaside Fun Day - 9th August

Seaside Fun Day
Sunday 9th August
11 a.m. - 3. p.m.

As we celebrate National Marine Week join Cheshire Wildlife Trust and the Wirral Rangers for family fun, including a sandcastle building contest, on Thurstaston Beach.

Thurstaston Beach
CH61 0HN

Thursday 9 July 2015

RECORD events

From Eric Fletcher, RECORD Manager:

I am pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings for our next set of Saltscape events.   

19th July 2015
The Butterflies and the Bees
Lion Salt Works , Northwich
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us and our experts to take a look at the more industrious and beautiful of our garden visitors. We will cover identification, survey techniques and, the all important, how to record your sightings.

For more information:

To book email or telephone 01244 383749.

26th July 2015
Mammals of the River Bank
Frodsham Community Centre
9.30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

We are heading down to the river in search of the elusive water vole, covering water vole tracks and signs as well as that of similar species to help you confidently record them in the field.

For more information:

To book email or telephone 01244 383749.

4th July 2015
Nosey Nature Day
Anderton Nature Park

A leisurely, family day out being held by our project partners at Saltscape. Fungal Punk Dave will be leading the day and, as anyone who has been on one of Dave's events will know, this is sure to be a great day.

For more information:

To book email or telephone 01606 723160.

I look forward to seeing you there.


River Park Health Walks

Health Walks take place at Port Sunlight River Park every Tuesday and Wednesday until 8th September.

10.30 - 11.30 a.m.

5.30 - 6.30 p.m.

There is a choice of easy or longer routes and the walks are free.

For more information contact Anne Litherland by email or telephone 07587 550060.

Asda Donation to Butterfly Park

Thank you to everyone who voted for New Ferry Butterfly Park at Asda Bromborough.

The Butterfly Park won and were extremely pleased to receive a cheque for £200.