Monday, September 26, 2016

​Wirral's second Wader Festival

programme of events

Wirral's wonderful waders. Photo: Sheil Ryde

Wirral Country Park Thurstaston Visitor Centre 
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of October 10am - 4pm

Meet The Biggest Twitch Alan Davies and Ruth Miller 
of Birdwatching Trips
join them for a low-tide birdwatching on Saturday



merchandising and information
Newly released children's book Eury the Spoon-billed Sandpiper available

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands 
optics and pin badges 

Live art demonstration by Hazel Thompson

Kids painting competition
Separate competitions Saturday and Sunday 
Two categories: 10 and under & 11-16 years
Category winners will win a pair of Opticron binoculars each day 
Others prizes for 2nd and 3rd places. 
Winners will be announced at 3:30pm on both days

Art events at Shore Cottage Studio 
(located on Thurstaston beach) 
Drop in sessions to make a wader card Saturday and Sunday, £5 fee.

Second-hand wildlife book sale 
Garrick Books
Ken Mullins books (Sunday only)

Wave Worn Designs; jewellery made from sea glass by local jewellery maker

Wader exhibit from the World Museum Liverpool

Crafting for families including a children's wader trail Collect the letters and win a prize

Four great wader talks (40-45mins)
Limited numbers of tickets available from reception
 BTO - Sat, 2:00pm
Wader Quest - Sat, 3:00pm
Matt Thomas - Sun, 2:00pm
Alan Davies and Ruth Miller - Sun 3:00pm

Creatures in the mud (aka benthos)
examining the creatures that live in the mud flats - Sat and Sun 1pm - 3pm


£1 a ticket the money goes to support Wirral Wader Festival
on the Wader Quest stand.


showing all day in the theatre, between talks.

Low tide wader watches

 Sat and Sun
The muddy banks of the Dee are good for waders even at low tide.
Sat 2:00pm and Sun 2:30pm 

West Kirby - Cheshire Wildlife Trust Red Rocks Reserve

Sat 11am - 1pm 
Sun 11:30am - 1:30pm
High tide wader watch with the Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens join them as they protect waders flocks on the beach.

Live wader roost webcam in the Wirral Sailing Centre car park, Dee lane.

There will be a chance to watch a live wader webcam with images from Little Eye Island.

Wildlife walk at Red Rocks with Cheshire Wildlife Trust starting Saturday at 1:15pm and on 
Sunday 1:45 pm 
Meet at Wirral Sailing Centre car Park; CH48 0QG


High tide wader watch with the RSPB, Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens and Wirral Rangers
Sat 11am - 1pm and Sun 11:30 - 1:30 pm
Meet at the RNLI station. 
Nine wader species are regularly seen. If you don't have a telescope there will be some provided.  

Sunset walk to Hilbre Island 
Saturday between 4:00 & 7:00pm 
Booking essential; £3 fee 
Join Wirral Rangers and Cheshire Wildlife Trust on a magical walk to Hilbre Island. 
Contact for details:

Leasowe Lighthouse
Sun 1:00 to 5:00pm
Static display and guided tours

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands
opening hours: 9:30am until dusk.
Free entry both days for non-members
with a Wirral Wader Festival sticker
Sun 3pm Wader Identification workshop

Where to find us: Thurstaston Visitor Centre
Wirral Country Park
CH61 0HN

West Kirby and Red Rocks Nature Reserve
Parking: Dee Lane and along the Promenade (south Parade) West Kirby CH48 0QG   
Stanley Road, Hoylake CH47 1HZ


Parking: Hoylake Promenade, North Parade 
CH47 3AL

Leasowe Lighthouse

Parking: Leasowe Common car park, just past the lighthouse
CH46 4TA

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

Parking: on site 
CH64 5SF

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wirral’s Wonderful Waders!

The second Wirral Wader Festival will take place this October, with vast numbers of wading birds flocking to the borough’s unique coastline.

The Wirral peninsula is one of the best places in the UK to see wading birds in the winter months, feasting on the rich mudflats of the Dee and North Wirral shores. 

To celebrate this natural spectacle, Wirral Coast partnership has organised a busy programme of events for Wirral Wader Festival on the 1st and 2nd October.

Grey Plover, Sanderlings, Dunlins and Red Knots: Photo Ron Thomas

Karen Leeming, Chair of the Wirral Coast Partnership commented that: “Last year, the enthusiasm and ‘can do’ efforts of the Wader Festival Partnership delivered the first UK Wader Festival despite the adverse weather thrown at it by storms Abigail and Barney. It was very successful and by popular demand it will be held again this year. "The Wirral Wader Festival is a real community effort to showcase Wirral’s wading birds and a full weekend of events will take place at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston visitor centre and at other coastal sites."

Wirral was approached to hold the first event of its kind in the UK in 2015 by Rick and Elis Simpson of Wader Quest. They came on a visit to view the remarkable efforts of the Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens (DEVW) who protect the thousands of birds roosting on West Kirby and Hoylake beaches at high tide.

Wirral Wader Festival was created by DEVW with Wirral Council’s Coastal Rangers, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and Wader Quest.

Wirral Country Park in Thurstaston will host a range of activities and stalls for everyone from keen birdwatchers to those who would just like to know a bit more about local wildlife. There will also be children’s activities including a painting completion. 

Nearby Shore Cottage Studio, a family-run art centre located at the foot of Thurstaston cliffs, is also offering drop-in sessions that give families the chance to get creative.

There will be high tide watches to marvel at the knot and dunlin roosts on Hoylake beach and at Cheshire Wildlife Trust's Red Rocks nature reserve.  At West Kirby there will be live footage beamed direct from Little Eye, showing off the oystercatchers and curlews up close.
Leasowe lighthouse will host displays and tours of the historic building.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust will be holding guided walks around the Red Rocks SSSI nature reserve and Wirral Rangers will be guiding a walk to Hilbre Island.