| Those of you who have visited the Welsh Shore page will already know of Gronant on the North Wales coast between Point of Ayr and Prestatyn, and some of you may actually have been there. It is a beautiful wild area of sand dunes, marsh and beach. In the summer it holds the only Little Tern colony in Wales and the RSPB are appealing for voluntary wardens to help protect it. This will involve looking out for predators, especially crows, gulls and foxes, stopping holidaymakers and their dogs from walking through the colony and chatting to any interested passer by about the birds.
I've just volunteered so you might see me! The wardens will be required from end of May to beginning August.
If you're interested ring the RSPB at 0151 336 7681, mention this web site if you wish - I know they would be interested to know if this appeal is successful.
Wirral RSPB Bird Race 2000
| This year's Bird Race is being held over the 5th/6th May.
Start: 8.00pm, Friday 5th May anywhere within the race boundaries
Finish: 8.00pm, Saturday 6th May, the Ship Hotel, Parkgate
The Wirral RSPB Bird Race is an annual event to raise money for the work of the RSPB. All teams join together in friendly rivalry to enjoy a day's birdwatching and to pass on the comprehensive species list recorded on Wirral on one day to the county recorder.
For further details, rules and an application form contact:
85 Ridgemere Road
Tel: 01244 402015 (daytime)
0151 648 6007 (after 9pm)
|The Wirral Society was formed back in 1928 as an environmental watchdog, with the object of protecting the natural beauty, architecture and flora and fauna of the Wirral Peninsula. For the last 70 years, the society have done their best to take an active role in preserving what makes Wirral unique, keeping a careful eye on any proposed plans or developments which they believe threaten what the society set out to protect, all those years ago.
Inner Marsh Farm
Wetland Bird Survey Count for Heswall Shore - (Kindly provided by the Wirral Ranger Service). 19th March.
West Kirby shore high tide roost - counts carried out by Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens.
March Bird News
Spring migration is in full swing and the mild March weather brought some remarkably early first sightings, in particular Whinchats and House Martins, see the table below.
Gulls have been much in evidence with Glaucous gulls at Gronant, Point of Ayr and Hilbre, Mediterranean Gulls at Inner Marsh Farm and Hilbre, Iceland Gull at West Kirby and a very good passage of 76 Little Gulls seen from Hilbre Island.
Also at Hilbre have been 42 Purple sandpipers with good numbers of migrant land birds including over 500 Meadow Pipits on the 23rd and 4 Stonechat, an unusual Hilbre visitor. Divers are returning to their breeding grounds and sightings have included ten Red-throated Divers and a Great Northern Diver.
Water Pipits (12) and Little Egrets (3) are still at Neston, the Old Quay giving particularly good views. Other birds of note include Little Stints at West Kirby and Inner Marsh Farm, which also had a visit from a short staying Bittern.
| April Highest Spring Tides
18th April, 12.06hrs 9.6m. (all times BST)
19th April, 12.44hrs 9.6m.
Young Ornithologists Club at Ness Gardens
Wirral Peregrines Phoenix Group
Wirral Bird Club
Forthcoming Events (organised by the Wirral Ranger Service, Flintshire Countryside Service and/or the RSPB):
9th April. Marsh Clearance and Beach Clean on Wirral Coastline. 10am.
16th April. Parkgate Walk. 11am to 4pm.
22nd April. Birdwatch at the Point of Ayr. 12 noon
27th April. Island Adventure Day. 10am - 3pm.
29th April. Guided walk to the Hilbre Islands.
30th April. Our Woodland Heritage. 10am - 12noon
30th April. Tales of Trees. 1:30pm - 3:30pm
5th May. Rocky Shore Walk. 5.30pm - 9pm
7th May. International Dawn Chorus Day. 4:30am - 6-30am.
Dawn over the Dee. Join the Rangers on an early morning walk along the Wirral Way, through the Heswall fields and back along the beach to Thurstaston where we might locate exciting migrants including Grasshopper Warblers and Lesser Whitethroat. A refreshing vup of tea or coffee in the visitors centre afterwards. Booking essential, ring 0151 648 4371.
Dawn over Thurstaston. Discover the wealth of birds that live within Royden Park and Thurstaston Common. Tea, coffee and biscuits available afterwards. Booking essential, ring 0151 678 4200
20th May. Early Morning, Inner Marsh Farm. 06:30am
Note: Forthcoming events extracted from 'Birdwatchers Diary 2000'. Please e-mail me if you want an electronic copy, hard copy available from the visitor centre at Thurstaston, Wirral Country Park 0151 648 4371.