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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Wirral Wader Festival  


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