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Wirral is the peninsula of land between the rivers Dee and Mersey in North West England. The area, particularly the Dee Estuary, is of International importance for Shelduck, Pintail, Oystercatcher, Knot, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit and Redshank, and it is of National importance for 13 more species, including Curlew, Ruff and Lapwing.

Jay at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston Visitor Centre

Location map showing Wirral

Wirral is blessed with a wide range of different landscapes, including woods, farmland, reed beds, salt marsh and lowland heath. The varying habitats are occupied by many different species, making the region an excellent base for birdwatching.


This month’s Indoor meeting - “A Dream Becomes Reality” - Ray Jackson - Thursday 27th October 2016 (8.00 pm to 9.30 pm)

Ray's illustrated presentation will feature the work of Lower Moss Wood Wildlife Hospital in Knutsford, Cheshire, where he is the Warden.

The Wildlife Hospital, situated within the wood, began in 1988 and it takes in any orphaned, sick or injured wild animal or bird for care, rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild. In addition to the hospital itself there are a number of aviaries and purpose built recuperation pens. Over the last few years the number of casualties brought to the wildlife hospital has gradually increased, at present totalling around 2,000 each year. Animals range from badgers and foxes, to hedgehogs and bats, and bird species vary from small garden birds to owls and other birds of prey (and the occasional rarity such as a Frigatebird).

The presentation will take place at Kingsmead School Hall, Bertram Drive, Hoylake, CH47 0LL

Visitors are very welcome, and the charge is £4.00, which includes light refreshments.

The photograph features Ray Jackson MBE, with his wife Rachel and daughter Lucy, together with Bill Oddie. It was taken in October 2015 at the House of Lords, when Ray received the IFAW award for outstanding achievement in Education.


This month's Field meeting - Hale Head and Pickerings Pasture L.N.R. - Saturday 29th October 2016

Meet by the statue of The Childe of Hale (9'3"), near St Mary's Church, Church Road, Hale (L24 4AX) at 10.00 am.

Hale Point is the southernmost extremity of the old county of Lancashire. Sticking out into the Mersey, it is an important location for migrating birds crossing the estuary, with a mix of arable fields, hedges, woods and ponds. Waders frequent the mud and sand of the river. Pickerings Pasture (WA8 8LP) is a nearby local nature reserve with different views of lower lying marshland.

Visitors are very welcome to join us, and there is no charge.

Via Liverpool - take the Wallasey tunnel and follow the signs for Liverpool Airport. This route will take you through the south of the city, following the A561. Pass through Garston and past the old "Speke" airport, and continue straight ahead at the major traffic-light crossroads, staying on the A561. After some two miles, and passing between two huge spikes of a roadsite sculpture, take the slip road signed to Hale. Turn right, and under the A561, then right again into Ramsbrook Lane. Left at the give-way into High Street, bear right at the War Memorial island, and park on the road or in the small layby near St Mary's church on your left.

There are no public toilets in Hale, although there is more than one public house. There is a convenience store which should be open. Unfortunately, the café and toilets at Pickerings Pasture are likely to be closed.

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