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11th September 2018

Hilbre over high water

Spend the day on the island looking for returning waders and late departures, and the seals close up.

High water is at 12.53 pm

In September last year we had to cancel a trip to Hilbre because of adverse weather conditions. It can be such a worthwhile local day out that we will try again this year.

Possibilities include passage migrants, returning waders and the results of sea watching. Atlantic grey seals should be showing their curiosity about us.  The bird observatory may or may not be staffed.

This is a full day on the island while the tide surrounds us. Depart and return times are dependent on the tide.  We start walking out from West Kirby at 09.00.  Once on the island we will be unable to leave until about 16.00.  Members should take notice of weather forecasts and pack appropriate clothing and bring food and drink sufficient for the day.  We should have access to shelter if the weather is really bad. There are composting toilets available for use.

The walk to and from Hilbre (1½ -2 miles) is mostly across sand with some muddy rocks to contend with. Parts of the route will be wet. Bare feet are not recommended. Sandals, old trainers or wellies are good but it is nice to have warm dry feet while you are on the island.

Free on-road parking on South Parade (and elsewhere) or pay and display in Dee Lane (£4.50 all day!).

Meet on the promenade (South Parade) by the slipway at the bottom of Dee Lane, West Kirby, ready to start walking at 09.00.

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