5th - COACH TRIP - The WirralOur first stop will be at New Brighton where there should be Purple Sandpipers roosting on the jetty in the marine lake. After couple of hours in Parkgate, scanning the marsh along the River Dee we will head to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands
30th - INDOOR MEETING - Alan Davies & Ruth Miller - South AfricaAlan & Ruth return to us for a second time, this talk will focus on the incredible wildlife of South Africa. Amazing birds, incredible mammals and unforgettable scenery should make for a fascinating evening.
16th - COACH TRIP - Cromford & CarsingtonWe spend the morning in the mill town of Cromford with our target bird being Hawfinch. In the afternoon we head to Carsington Water, a reservoir which nearly always has at least one wintering Great Northern Diver.
27th - INDOOR MEETING - Ashley Groves - Shetland to Scilly, Birds of the British IslesThis will be Ashley's first trip to our group. As a professional Wildlife Photographer, Ashley has an extensive portfolio of stunning wildlife photography, gathered from around the UK and abroad. As the title suggests, this talk will takes us on a journey all the way from Shetland, right down to The Isles of Scilly. It's basically a good excuse to show you some of Britain's wonderful bird life. Over 130 species make an appearance during the lecture, which is rounded off by a montage of more images to music.
16th - COACH TRIP - Cors Caron & Bwlch Nant yr ArianIn a change of venue we will start this trip at Cors Caron Nature Reserve. This is an area of raised bog surrounded by reedbeds, wet grasslands, woodland and rivers, streams and ponds. The variety of habitats makes this reserve a fantastic place for wildlife and its ever-changing shades of red, brown and yellow provide a rich counterpoint to the green of the surrounding hills. We then visit Bwlch Nant yr Arian for their afternoon Red Kite feeding - several hundreds of kites in the air at once is a sight to behold!
27th - INDOOR MEETING - Paul Hill - The Algarve, Relaxed BirdwatchingThe Algarve is a popular destination for holiday makers and also golfers, but the south coast of Portugal also has much to offer the birder who wants a relaxing holiday with easily accessible birding.
13th - COACH TRIP - North Cave Wetlands & Blacktoft Sands RSPBYWT North Cave Wetlands is an ever-expanding reserve which should be full of spring migrants by April. In the afternoon we'll head to the other side of the M62 and the RSPB reserve of Blacktoft Sands. We should see several species of wader and there is always a chance of a bittern.
24th - INDOOR MEETING - Susan & Allan Parker - Scottish Birding in WinterSusan & Allan return to give us a talk on birding in Scotland during the winter months. Some of our most enigmatic wildlife can be found north of the border and the scenery can be breathtaking!
18th - COACH TRIP - Potteric CarrThis Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve is a lovely place to visit at this time of year. It has lovely woodlands, reedbeds and wetlands which will be full of breeding birds such as Spotted Flycatcher, various warblers and wildfowl.
15th - COACH TRIP - Cemlyn Bay & South Stack RSPBWe will spend the day at 2 RSPB reserves on Anglesey. In the morning we will visit the tern colonies at Cemlyn Bay. We should see good numbers of Sandwich, Common & Arctic Terns and there are usually a few Mediterranean Gulls breeding there too. In the afternoon we move on to South Stack for the seabirds - Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins and many more will be there breeding on the cliffs.
11th - MEMBERS AFTERNOON 1.00pmThis event is for society members only. A buffet will be provided as we discuss the year so far and potential new locations for trips.
As an added bonus we will have a speaker this year - Dennis Atherton will be giving a talk on Californian birding.