Sunday 27 March 2022

Wirral's Wild 50: April Worksheets

Here are the Wirral's Wild 50 activity sheets for April. Look for more signs of spring and learn all about bees.

April activities
April activities

Things to do in April

Look for swallows returning, young rabbits, wild garlic and bees

Learn about migration

Find out which wild plants can be used for food or as medicine

Learn how to identify 3 different bees

Find out why bees are an important part of the ecosystem

Do a bumblebee survey


1.  Migratory bird wordsearch

2. Bumblebee Conservation Trust lots of resources

3. Bumblebee facts

4. Spring bees guide[09042020].pdf

5.How do bees see?

6. Pollination

7. How bees use static electricity to collect pollen

8. Do a bumblebee survey

Thursday 24 March 2022

Hoylake Willows Update Spring 2022

Map of Hoylake Willows
Map of Hoylake Willows

In September last year, we shared news from Hoylake Willows, a site near to Manor Road train station. The project continues to grow, with a rewilding focus in the former wooded area and a wildflower garden where the ground is more actively managed and pollen-rich plants are deliberately planted. The aim of both areas is to offer habitat space to promote biodiversity and to increase the chance of green spaces linking up to form corridors.

Sally Scott and Yan Wang have written a new report to give an update on progress, details of work done and objectives in caring for the different areas of the site.

Read the full report here:

For more news about Hoylake Willows, please join their Facebook group:

Sunday 13 March 2022

Public Consultation On Leverhulme Estates Proposals to Build on Green Belt Land

Green belt land in Heswall, one of the sites Leverhulme Estates propose to build housing on
Green belt land in Heswall,
one of the sites Leverhulme Estates propose to build housing on

Leverhulme Estates are running a 'public consultation' on their plans to build on Green Belt. It is online only. 


Please make your views known. Leverhulme Estates need to know the strength of local feeling.


Gills Lane Central

Gills Lane East

Gills Lane West



Raby Mere West

Raby Mere East

Glenwood Drive, Irby

If you support Wirral Wildlife’s concerns about impacts on the climate and wildlife, please submit a comment on at least one of these proposals, to oppose damage to wildlife and loss of green field and Green Belt land.

1. Look up one of the consultation websites as above.

2. Read through - the first 5 boards are identical to each site, the rest are site specific.

3. The last board is a form. Fill in the essential boxes. Ignore questions 1-4 unless you have relevant expertise.

4. Put into the `comments’ box your comments. Suggested points if you support Wirral Wildlife’s concerns about wildlife are:

a) I/We object to release of Green Belt land because of impacts on wildlife.

b) The draft Wirral Local Plan has been published in time for the meeting of full Council on 21st March. This plan will be regeneration-led, with no release of Green Belt land. 

c) Climate change: Currently the fields fix some carbon; housing and associated transport will emit carbon. Housing in the existing urban areas will have lower climate impacts.

d) The consultation does not consider the separate or cumulative effects of these applications on wildlife, such as artificial light at night and wildlife corridors.

Thursday 10 March 2022

Chairmen’s salute to John Magee

Wirral Countryside Volunteers have made their second contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee by planting up a hedgerow and a shelter bed at Home Farm Landican, mid-Wirral.  The hedgerow is mainly hawthorn with crab apple, alder buckthorn and guelder rose reflecting the wetter ground conditions in parts.  The shelter bed planting is mainly hazel to form an under storey, a canopy of alder and oak trees.  There was good use made of different recycled coloured bailing twine; it was knotted together in alternate coloured two metre lengths to help with the tree planting spacings.  The whole project involved planting over 500 trees.  Each tree had a mulch matt and hare guard to get them off to a good start.

To celebrate former Wirral Countryside Volunteer Chair John Magee’s 90th birthday, volunteers planted a native black poplar clone M28 and sliced a celebratory homemade 90th birthday cake with one of his billhooks, now owned by Paul Loughnane.  The energy rich fruit cake and hot tea was just what was wanted on such a cold day.  

John watched all this from his warm, dry home via a video call, as he now resides in Ruislip, Middlesex.  John was able to see our hedge laying efforts by seeing last year’s hedge with a very satisfactory regrowth of over four feet.  Although he is slow, John is still laying hedges.  John was able to say hello to many volunteers he had not seen in 18 years.  He was beaming like a Cheshire Cat and was deeply humbled by the gesture.  Thirty years ago, John was propagating native black poplars from Ledsham, so it was an inspired choice to plant a native black poplar.  The native black poplar was from Chester Zoo and the location will be added to their distribution map.  The day was so inclement the volunteers drew an early close to the event, but the volunteers will be back to compete the job.  Luckily a slice of the delicious fruit cake was saved and John was sent a slice.

The native black poplar tree was planted by Alan Williams Chair of Wirral Countryside Volunteers 1995-2012 and Stephen Ross Chair of Wirral Wildlife Group, 2004 to the present. 

John Magee was the Chair of Wirral Countryside Volunteers 1988 to 1995 and Volunteer Reserve Officer for the Cheshire Wildlife Trust reserves of Thornton Wood, Foxes Intake Wood, Patricks Wood, Tom’s Paddock and Cleaver Heath from 1990 to 2004.  He was involved in many more sites such as Brimstage Hall Orchard and Thornton Common.  John initiated the Apple Days that Wirral Wildlife Group held at Eastham Country Park and Brimstage Hall.  Many of his projects continue with success, the woodland ride at Thornton Common and the coppicing at Thornton Wood come to mind.  The ride is full of marsh orchids, and Heavy Oak Coppice has expanding populations of primroses and wood anemones. 


Heavy Oak coppice with primroses and wood anemones

Thornton Common Ride with 60+ marsh orchids