Monday, September 10, 2018

Hoylake Sailing Club is the indoor venue for the 2018 Wirral Wader Festival.

Dunlins. Photo: Matt Thomas
In 2017 the Wirral Wader Festival took place with no indoor venue, just the wader roost watching sites. It was decided by the committee that if at all possible this year we would return to having an indoor event. Several places were investigated by the committee and approaches were made to the Hoylake Sailing Club North Parade, Hoylake CH47 2BB as a possible venue. 

Fortunately the club was happy to oblige and on the 27th and 28th of October they will provide space for stands for the Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Wader Quest and the RSPB. 

There will also be secondhand book sellers as well as artists and craft designers exhibiting their work. There will be children's activities taking place and the very popular Creatures in the Mud exhibition showing live what it is that waders eat in the mud as they probe for food. 

Additionally, the bar will be open from noon with a real ale on tap as well as other alcoholic and soft drinks available to buy.    

The outdoor events at Hoylake and Red Rocks and the wader roost cam from Hilbre Island will be as last year. There will also be guided walks. Final details and times etc. to be announced soon.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Looking good for the Wader Festival in October!

Karen Leeming writes:

Finally got good views of the Bonaparte's gull that has been showing well (just not when I was there) for the past 3 days at Hoylake. 

Bonaparte's Gull? Plenty of Ringed Plovers and Dunlins about though - Ed.

Good numbers of oystercatcher, sanderling, dunlin, ringed plover, sandwich terns and common terns. Gannets offshore with common scoter, a couple of arctic skuas off Hilbre, some grey plovers, a peregrine and sparrowhawk have given added interest. 

A nice little roost of Dunlins and Ringed Plovers. Note the comaprative size of the Pied Wagtail to the right of the picture - Ed.

A goodly parcel of Oystercatchers - Ed.
Don't forget the Wirral Wader Festival is on the 27th and 28th of October!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

New indoor venue for the 2018 Wiral Wader Festival

2018 Wirral wader Festival 17th - 18th October.

While the outdoor wader roost watches at Hoylake and Red Rocks, West Kirby will remain the same as previous years, this year we are pleased to announce that there will be an indoor element to the festival. This will take place at the Hoylake Sailing Club on the Hoylake seafront.

Dunlins; Phil Pickett

In the Sailing Club there will be stands with the participating wildlife charities, second hand book stalls and children's activities including the very popular 'creatures in the mud'.

There will also be a Tombola for your to try your luck
So whatever the weather, this year you will enjoy the Wirral Wader Festival even more!

See 2018 festival page for more details.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Come and see Iolo Williams at the Wirral Wader Festival

This year we are excited to announce that Iolo Williams, TV wildlife presenter and environmentalist, will be opening the Wirral Wader Festival with a talk entitled Wildlife of the Welsh Coast.

Come and hear Iolo talk and get the chance to meet him afterwards.

Booking Essential: Tickets for this event will be made available on the Wirral at; Lingham's, Gould's and Heswell Hall 
and also on line at the Cheshire Wildlife Trust website.

Monday, October 3, 2016

What a wonderful Wirral wader fest that was!

A big thank you to everyone who worked at, volunteered at or simply turned up at the Wirral Wader Festival this weekend helping to make it a very enjoyable event.

There was something for everyone.

Everyone enjoyed scooping up the benthos soup; it's amazing how many creatures live in the mud!
Artist in residence Hazel Thomson getting to work on her oil painting.

Up to the minute information on the comings and goings of the waders around the Wirral.

Magnificent scenery.

Informative posters.

Interesting talks

Informative static displays

Kids' painting competition

Secondhand book sellers

Guided walks by Alan and Ruth 

RSPB stand

Magnificent prizes in the tombola

Cheshire Wildlife Trust stand

RSPB pin badges stand

Wader Quest stand

Meanwhile the Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens were out protecting the high tide roosts at West Kirby and Hoylake pointing out the birds and explaining why they were there to passers by.

There was also a walk out to Hilbre Island on both days which was greatly enjoyed by all those who ventured forth.

There was also an open drop-in event at Shore Cottage at the foot of Thurstaston cliffs and a static display of posters at Leasowe Lighthouse.

Leasowe Lighthouse
We were very sorry that Jen of Wave Worn Designs UK was unable to join us due to an accident. Thankfully she is not seriously hurt and we all hope she recovers from the incident soon. She was still generous enough to donate a pair of magnificently engraved glasses to help raise funds.