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Sunday 21st July

New Ferry Butterfly Park Workday

9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wirral Countryside Volunteers start the annual mowing regime at New Ferry Butterfly Park when it is hoped to mow the BBQ area before noon before visitors arrive and in the afternoon venture into Charlie’s Field for further mowing. The BBQ meadow has responded well to scything with an increase in red clover. Charlie’s Field has already responded well to the mowing regime and has been surprisingly colonised by 80 or so cowslips. Full training will be given in the use of the scythe. 

Free volunteering event, bring lunch and stout footwear. Tools, training and tea provided.

Cycle parking available on reserve. If driving, please park nearby if you can - if the volunteers park on site there is little space left for visitors. Good public transport links available. Map of location.

Contact: Paul Loughnane by email or telephone 0151 645 8937.


Sunday 11th August

The Beauty of Heswall’s Heathland

2 - 4 p.m.

We will enjoy a walk through Cleaver Heath and the Heswall Dales, where the heather will be in flower and discuss the flora and fauna of lowland heaths, as well as their management. All the while, we will be enjoying spectacular views across the Dee Estuary. Cleaver Heath nature reserve is owned and managed by Cheshire Wildlife Trust while Heswall Dales Local Nature Reserve is managed by Wirral Borough Council both with the help of volunteers.

To book: www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events

The maximum group size will be 20, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Meet at Cleaver Heath nature reserve on Oldfield Road, Heswall, CH60 6SG

Stout footwear is recommended. Please bring waterproof clothing or sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses) as appropriate.

Bring binoculars if available (not essential). Sorry, no dogs.

Free but donations welcome.


Sunday 8th September

New Ferry Butterfly Park Workday

9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Scything the Grassland and Charlie’s Field

Free volunteering event, bring lunch and stout footwear. Tools, training and tea provided.

Car and cycle parking available on reserve. Good public transport links available. Map of location.

Contact: Paul Loughnane by email or telephone 0151 645 8937.


Sunday 8th September

Heritage Walk - An industrial Legacy to Bee and Butterfly Haven

New Ferry Butterfly Park

2 – 3.30 p.m.

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

Tea and cakes provided at the end of the tour.

The lower half of the Park is disabled-accessible.

Car and cycle parking available on reserve. Good public transport links available. Map of location.

Contact: Paul Loughnane by email or telephone 0151 645 8937.


Sunday 13th October

New Ferry Butterfly Park Workday

9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Scything the calcareous grassland and BBQ

Free volunteering event, bring stout footwear. Tools, training and tea provided.

Car and cycle parking available on reserve. Good public transport links available. Map of location.

Contact: Paul Loughnane by email or telephone 0151 645 8937.


Friday 8th November

‘Natterjack Toads and Red Rocks Nature Reserve’

Room B, Heswall Hall, Heswall

7.30 p.m.

A talk by Sarah Bennett, Area Manager West, Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Admission £3. All welcome.


Sunday 10th November

New Ferry Butterfly Park Workday

9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Scything the acid grassland and BBQ

Free volunteering event, bring stout footwear. Tools, training and tea provided.

Car and cycle parking available on reserve. Good public transport links available. Map of location.

Contact: Paul Loughnane by email or telephone 0151 645 8937.


Sunday 8th December

New Ferry Butterfly Park Workday

9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hedgelaying

Free volunteering event, bring stout footwear. Tools, training and tea provided.

Car and cycle parking available on reserve. Good public transport links available. Map of location.

Contact: Paul Loughnane by email or telephone 0151 645 8937.