Wirral Bird Club was founded in 1977 by 4 student members of the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association). The first AGM was held on 29th June 1978, making the club older than both the Wirral and Chester RSPB groups. At a committee meeting on 10th September 1981 it was decided that all future printed programmes etc. should include a bird as the club motif, and the chosen bird was the Oystercatcher.
Hilda Truesdale, who later became Wirral Bird Club Honorary President, wrote in the Autumn 2002 (25th Anniversary) Newsletter:-
“Ian, my son, invited me to join him on a bird identification course run by the WEA. From then on I was completely hooked! Members of the Hale Ornithologists group persuaded me to start a Bird Watching group on the Wirral so, with much help from Dr Frances Martin, Mrs Jeanne Ambler and Ian, the formation of a club was set in motion, with unbelievable backing from Dr John Raines, Mrs Val McFarland and Mr Barry Barnacal. On a Thursday evening in September 1977 the Unitarian Church Hall in Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby, opened its doors to 100 members – the maximum that fire regulations would allow.”
The aim of the club is to promote a general appreciation of bird watching, and in particular to provide opportunities for members to share their common interest in birds and to increase their knowledge of birds through a programme of meetings, lectures and visits to interesting bird watching sites.
Wirral Bird Club also supports national and local organisations concerned with the protection of birds and the conservation of bird habitats.
Monthly Indoor Meetings are held at 7.30 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month (apart from August and December), at St Bridget’s Church Centre, St Bridget’s Lane, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 3JT, when guest speakers offer illustrated presentations on a wide variety of bird-related topics.
St Bridget’s will be a new venue for the club for the 2020/21 season after many years at Kingsmead School. It has a good sized hall, separate kitchen and level access for people with mobility difficulties. There is a small car park with the majority of parking on nearby roads.
Although Indoor meetings are currently suspended, due to Covid-19 restrictions, members can now enjoy the monthly illustrated presentations via Zoom.
Visitors are very welcome, and the charge is £4.00, which includes tea/coffee and biscuits.
Outdoor Field Meetings are held in most months of the year. Many are held on the Wirral, but they also involve trips, some by coach, to places outside of Wirral, to sites of particular interest.
However, they are also currently suspended, in view of Covid-19. They will restart when government restrictions are eased, and it is safe to resume.
Outdoor Field Meeting to Gronant – 17th July 2019
Help in identification is available to any member, and no personal expertise is necessary to enable members to obtain the fullest enjoyment from these meetings.
Wirral Bird Club welcomes new members.
The annual subscription is £20, or pro rata if joining during the year. For more information telephone Jean on (0151) 625 5342, or Email firstname.lastname@example.org