2019 programme of events

January

5th - COACH TRIP - The Wirral

Our 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 Africa

Alan & 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.


February

16th - COACH TRIP - Cromford & Carsington

We 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 Isles

This 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.


March

16th - COACH TRIP - Cors Caron & Bwlch Nant yr Arian

In 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 Birdwatching

The 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.


April

13th - COACH TRIP - North Cave Wetlands & Blacktoft Sands RSPB

YWT 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 Winter

Susan & 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!


May

18th - COACH TRIP - Potteric Carr

This 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.


June

15th - COACH TRIP - Cemlyn Bay & South Stack RSPB

We 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.


August

11th - MEMBERS AFTERNOON 1.00pm

This 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.


September

7th - COACH TRIP - Saltholme RSPB

This will be the society's second trip to this relatively new reserve. Set in a very industrial landscape this reserve has turned up a good number of rarities in recent years and autumn is a prime time to visit. Migration should be well under way so pratically anything could turn up. 

25th - INDOOR MEETING - Kevin Briggs - A Walk in the Woods

Kevin returns to visit us for a second time. This talk will focus on his scientific research into various woodland species in the area of the River Lune including Nuthatches and Pied Flycatchers.


October

12th - COACH TRIP - Spurn

Every trip is something of a lottery - we never know if we'll get good weather & birds or not - and our annual pilgrimage to Spurn probably encapsulates that more than any other! We've been very lucky on our last 3 trips to see rarities such as American Golden Plover, Pallas's Warbler, Shorelark, Siberian Accentor and Dusky Warbler. If the winds are in our favour practically anything can turn up!!

30th - INDOOR MEETING - Keith Offord - The Teardrop

Keith's talks always prove popular with our group and this one will be no exception. He will take us on a trip to the magical island country of Sri Lanka.


November

16th - COACH TRIP - Leighton Moss RSPB

We'll spend all day at this reserve. There will be an optional drop off at the outer hides before the coach parks at the visitor centre. This reserve is home to a wide range of species and never fails to provide a good day out. The excellent cakes in the café are an added bonus!

27th - INDOOR MEETING - Jim Almond - A Shropshire Birders Year

Another society debutant, Jim is a keen birdwatcher and photographer who writes a regular blog on his exploits in his home county of Shropshire & beyond. This talk is based around the highlights of the past few years including quite a few rarities and some new records for the County! It takes you around many of the main birdwatching areas, the best times to go and what you might find there. From Gull watching and wildfowl in the Winter, to reserves and 'hotspots' in the North and South of the County, the talk is organised by the seasons and features the changing panorama of the countryside. Shropshire is certainly not one of the best Counties for migrants and rarities but be prepared for a few surprises.


December

7th - COACH TRIP - Mere Sands Wood & Marshside RSPB

Our final trip of the season takes us towards the Fylde Coast. We'll spend the morning at the LWT reserve of Mere Sands Wood before moving to Marshside RSPB in the afternoon. Winter wildfowl should be plentiful and we've had a good few rarer species on this trip before including Scaup, Bittern & Baikal Teal!

11th - AGM

This event is for society members only.

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