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Friday 12th April

‘Wildlife in the Upper Mersey Estuary’

Room B, Heswall Hall, Heswall

7.30 p.m.

A talk by Paul Oldfield, Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust.

Admission £3. All welcome.


Sunday 14th April

New Ferry Butterfly Park Workday

9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Preparations for the Open Day will be made, as well as a tool container clear up.

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.


Thursday 2nd May

Bluebells Galore: A Guided Walk

2 - 4 p.m.

A guided walk along footpaths to enjoy bluebells, wood anemones, celandines and other woodland flowers. Find out about the significance of this ancient woodland, and admire its sounds, sights and scents.

Part of Wirral Walking Festival.

Steep slopes - stout footwear needed. Not suitable for wheelchairs or those with poor walking ability.

No booking needed. Free but donations welcome.

Start and finish at Bromborough Rake station (Merseyrail line). SJ342819

No parking by station, but space  available in local side roads.

Contact: Hilary Ash by email or telephone 0151 327 5923 or 07855 053210


Sunday 5th May

Dawn Chorus Walk at Cleaver Heath

4.30 - 7.30 a.m.

We should hear a wide range of both our resident birds and returning migrants, and there should be plenty to interest those who can already identify birds by call and song, as well as those absolute beginners who want to make a start.

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

The maximum group size will be 16, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Free but donations welcome.

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

Warm waterproof clothing and stout footwear are recommended. Sorry, no dogs. Not suitable for wheelchairs or those with poor walking ability.

Bring binoculars if available (not essential).


Sunday 5th May

New Ferry Butterfly Park Open Day

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lots to see and do for all the family: art trail, art and craft tables, spider identification, nature walk, pond dipping, tombola, plant sale, cake sale, BBQ.

Entry to the event is free, donations welcome.

No parking at the park during the Open Day, except disabled access. Plenty of parking available in the local area. Good public transport links available. Map of location.

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


Saturday 18th May

Thor’s Rock: The Geology of Thurstaston Common

2 - 4 p.m.

Learn more about the geology of Thurstaston with Dr Hilary Davies from Liverpool Geological Society.

From the car park we will climb to the viewpoint at the top of the hill, in order to look at the overall impact of the underlying geology on the scenery around the Dee estuary. We will then tour Thurstaston Common looking at various outcrops of red sandstone.

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

Free but donations welcome.

Meet at the car park on Telegraph Road near the Cottage Loaf.

Warm waterproof clothing and stout footwear are recommended. Sorry, no dogs.

Not suitable for wheelchairs or those with poor walking ability.


Sunday 21st July

New Ferry Butterfly Park Workday

9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Scything around the pond in the morning and Charlie’s Field entrance in the afternoon. This will benefit the spring flowers in the following season. Scything this time of the year has had the most effect on reducing the vigour of the grasses.

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 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, sun-glasses) 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.