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Wirral was approached to hold the first wader festival in the UK in 2015 by Rick and Elis Simpson of Wader Quest - a British-based but internationally active charity driving conservation efforts for wading birds.  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. 

As DEVW also had partnerships in place with Wirral Council’s Coastal Rangers, the RSPB and Cheshire Wildlife Trust, all providing extensive conservation work in the area, there was the potential for a perfect Wirral Wader Festival partnership. 

This proved to be so, the enthusiasm and ‘can do’ efforts of the partnership delivered the first UK Wader Festival despite the adverse weather thrown at it by storms Abigail and Barney!  It was very successful and the event will be returning in September 2017 for its third year!

Observers brave the elements to watch waders over the shore.

Children enjoying the creatures in the mud exhibit.

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