Thursday, 8 September 2016

Help children in Liverpool discover the wonder of nature

RSPB seeks volunteers to help with schools nature project

The RSPB is calling on nature lovers to help inspire children about wildlife as part of an ambitious schools nature project in Liverpool.

Funded by the sale of single use plastic carrier bags by ALDI, the RSPB’s Connecting Children with Nature project enables children in 15 cities across the UK to experience and explore nature first-hand by running sessions in their school grounds.

In the first few months of the project in Liverpool, the RSPB has already helped to introduce 600 local primary school children to the delights of the natural world and is planning on inspiring many more young minds in the coming year.

To achieve this, the RSPB needs to expand its existing team of excellent schools outreach volunteers in Liverpool.

Stephanie Hepworth, Schools Outreach Officer for Liverpool, explains: “We are looking for people with a passion for nature who can take children aged 5-12 outdoors and show them the brilliant birds, bugs and flowers that thrive outside their classroom window.

“We believe that connecting with nature should be a part of every child’s life. There’s loads of scientific evidence, which shows that getting outdoors and engaging with nature can have a wide range of benefits for children including improved physical and mental health, and even increased academic performance. It’s also great fun and can lead to a lifelong love and appreciation for everything that chirps, snuffles, buzzes and flutters.

“If you think you’ve got the skills to communicate your love of nature to children and can inspire them to cherish wildlife, then we’d love to hear from you.”

People interested in volunteering for the Connecting with Nature project in Liverpool should contact Stephanie Hepworth on 07841804793 or at

Monday, 5 September 2016

RSPB nature reserve gets a facelift at 30

Progression of inner marsh farm -Alisdiar Grubb

This month marks five years since RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands opened its doors, but parts of the land managed by the wildlife conservation charity have now entered their fourth decade as a nature reserve and have just undergone some home improvements.

The origins of the reserve date back to 1986 when the RSPB bought the flooded crop fields of Inner Marsh Farm in Burton. Five years of planning and hard work saw three freshwater lagoons created and then a hide was built in 1992, to bring the public closer to the great variety of birds that call the Dee estuary home. However, after years of natural change, the wetland had silted up in places and now major improvement work has provided a much needed rejuvenation of the old pools.
Colin Wells, Site Manager at RSPB Dee Estuary nature reserve said: “I’d not long moved to this reserve when the RSPB bought Inner Marsh Farm. I was responsible for creating the wetland which is now home to internationally important numbers of ducks, geese and wading birds, along with a whole host of other wonderful wildlife.”

In recent years however, despite regular ongoing management through mowing and sheep grazing, time had taken its toll and the pools were silting up, with rushes and reeds starting to dominate the water. This meant they were less suitable for the birds which were becoming further away from the hide, making it more difficult for visitors to view them. The RSPB decided more drastic work was needed, so set about a project to dredge the pools and remove the layers of silt and vegetation that had established over the years.

Colin added: “Before the diggers had even finished the work, there were various wading birds taking advantage of the newly exposed mud to find food. This bodes well for the weeks ahead as the reserve is a vital rest stop for wading birds on autumn migration from other parts of Europe.”
This desilting work is the first part of a series of improvements to the Inner Marsh Farm area of the RSPB reserve; the site team are hoping to change from sheep grazing to cattle later this year, with a view to tackling the tough rushes and restoring the area to a rich wet grassland. This along with the installation of an electric predator exclusion fence will make it ideal for nesting wading birds.
In addition, the RSPB are currently embarking on a project to fund the replacement of the aging hide, and upgrade the accessibility of the path, bringing the whole site up to the high standard of Burton Mere Wetlands.
For more information on the important work carried out at the reserve as well as upcoming events, visit

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Inglorious day update. Now write to your MP

Not so happy inglorious 12th day , god help anything that flies over our Moors 😭😠😡

On Sunday 7/08/16 a few of us (could you have gone? next year- if it happens?) went to the Hen Harrier day at Dunsop Bridge determined to add our voices against the wilful and criminal act of raptor persecution(any wild things that get in the way). 
After the uplifting rally led by Terry Pickford from Raptor politics (including a visit from the Grim reaper who came for a grouse shooter-  
We had a picnic on the Duke of Westminster's grouse moor. 

RSPB NEWS 18/08/16 : Elwood - First tagged hen harrier of 2016 goes missing.
If this is important you 

Where do you live? make sure your voice is heard. Sign,pass it on
and write to you MP*;) winking (Template below to help)   

WALTON                      88
WAVERTREE                  140 
RIVERSIDE                  234
GARSTON & HALEWOOD         166 
KNOWSLEY                   112    
BOOTLE                     138
SEFTON CENTRAL             154 
HALTON                     123
ST HELENS NTH              124
WEST LANCS                 177 



Our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting achieved 100,000 signatures on the morning of 13 August. It is still open for signature until 20 September but the emphasis now passes, for me at least, to the parliamentary debate which should ensue.

I will hear on the evening of 6  September or morning of 7 September whether we have been given a debate (we should be) and the date of that debate (it will be after 9 October and will be a Monday afternoon).

Please do ask your friends to sign the e-petition but there is something else that you can do - and that is to write to your MP.

Here are some words you could use to write to your MP about a hoped-for debate on driven grouse shooting.

This link will help you find your MP and their email address or postal address, provided you know their name or the name of the constituency in which you live.  You should only write to your own MP. Many MPs have their own websites with online forms that ask you for your details – they are quite easy to use.  If you simply email your MP then you should include your name and address to confirm that you are a constituent of theirs.
You should get an acknowledgement of your email pretty quickly – it may simply be an automated response at this stage – that’s fine.

I would be very grateful if you would let me know that you have contacted your MP by emailing me at with your name, the name of your MP, the name of your constituency. When you get a substantial reply from your MP I would be grateful if you would let me know. If you use the template below then I would be grateful if you would let me know whether your MP says he/she will try to attend any debate, whether she/he intends to speak, and any indication of the line they might take.

The more emails that are sent the better. Please don’t assume that someone else will do it so you don’t have to – they may be thinking the same.  Please do let me know that you have done this – I will be keen to help you with any ensuing correspondence on this subject – you aren’t alone in this.  If you have never emailed or written to your MP before – don’t be afraid, they are all too human.

Dear [name of your MP]
I am a constituent of yours and I signed the e-petition on the parliament website entitled Ban Driven Grouse Shooting That e-petition has passed 100,000 signatures and therefore is expected to receive a debate in Westminster Hall some time later than 9 October.  In our constituency of [name of constituency] XXX people have supported this petition. [You can look up the number by using this link].
I hope that when the date of the debate is determined you will be able to attend the debate – would it be your intention to do so?
I hope that when the debate occurs you might feel able to represent my views in that debate. I want to see driven grouse shooting banned/stronger regulation of driven grouse shooting/changes in the way our hills are managed [select one of these or use your own words]. Do you think you would be able to speak on that subject?
I would be grateful for your response and the opportunity to brief you on the subject if you are planning to attend the debate.

Yours sincerely
Your name
and address if you haven’t already given it.

Go on - send that email please!

There is another petition on a related subject, this time directed at the Scottish parliament. It has over 5000 signatures and closes on Monday. this petition asks for proper regulation of gamebird shooting in Scotland and is supported by the RSPB and Scottish Raptor Study Groups. Please add your name to this petition - particularly if you live in Scotland.

Please use the power you have as a citizen to call on decision-makers to make the right decisions.

best wishes
Mark Avery

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Wild Adventures in the park

Hi Liverpool folk
We are turning our minds towards Wild Days and Wild Play to entice you into the park over the summer.  All of you! Kids, dogs, and everyone in the family to explore our fabulous park and discover new delights.  Bug hunts, guided nature trails. Be a nature explorer. Trees, bugs, butterflies, bees, flowers and the possibility that we, by acting together could save the planet!  What could be more exciting than that!  Watch this space for ways to get you and my you love involved!  Hope to see you in the park this summer!
@TreehouseCIC.  @RSPBLiverpool

Sunday, 24 July 2016


We’re missing our Hen Harriers and we want them back.


Sunday 7 August 2016   10:30am  

Village Green, Dunsop Bridge, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 3BB


This year’s Hen Harrier Day, organised for a third consecutive year by the North West Raptor Group, will begin at 10.30 in the morning on the village green at Dunsop Bridge, near Clitheroe in the Forest of Bowland on SUNDAY 7 August.

Due to popular demand this year’s event will culminate in the early afternoon (from 1pm) with a visit to nearby grouse butts where we will all enjoy a picnic in a wonderful scenic moorland venue. Please bring along your own lunch and something non alcoholic to drink for yourself or your Group. 
Unfortunately there will be no views of wild Hen Harriers or Peregrines on this occasion, as both species have been persecuted in Bowland this year to extinction. 2016 is the first year since the second world war that both species have been absent from the Forest of Bowland in the same year.


Friday, 15 July 2016

Trossachs, Freshfield, Lunt, Butterflies and dust off your tent

Big Butterfly Count 2016 

  starts today 15th July

Sir David Attenborough is calling on the public to help reverse butterfly declines by taking part in the world’s largest butterfly survey. The Big Butterfly Count encourages people to spot and record 18 species of common butterflies and two day-flying moths during three weeks of high summer.

Great Trossachs Forest Vote – National Lottery Awards #NLAwards

We’ve been nominated in the National Lottery Awards environment category (and the only RSPB and Scottish project) for The Great Trossachs Forest Gateway Project. We will be promoting this on Tuesday up until 20 July when the voting closes. Jenny Tweedie is the contact should you require more info. Great Trossachs Forest Vote – National Lottery Awards #NLAwards
Please vote for the Great Trossachs Forest in the #NLAwards! Massive habitat restoration project with a 200-year vision
RSPB Scotland is proud to be part of the Great Trossachs Forest. Please vote in the #NLAwards. The Great Trossachs Forest supports amazing creatures like black grouse & red squirrels! More woodland, more wildlife, more paths for people! 

Take a virtual tour of the Trossachs!


Event:  Walking the Fisherman's path and Beach clean up

When: Sunday 17

th July

Starting at Freshfield Railway Station Car Park,Montague Road Postcode
L37 7DD
Meet 10am at Freshfield train station car park. We will have a gentle stroll along the Fisherman's path down on to the beach and walk towards Ainsdale . As we walk on the beach we will help take part in a litter pick of marine debris..Gloves and litter pickers will be provided.

Liverpool Local Group - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

RSPB   Leader Chris Tynan
Time: 10am
Price: Free
Telephone: 07831 352870

 Open Day at Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve on Saturday 23rd July 2016, 11am – 4pm.

Please it on to your friends and family and come along.
Best Wishes
Fiona Whitfield,Merseyside Conservation Officer
The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.

Big Wild Sleepout 

29-31 July.Swap your home for nature’s home 
and discover a secret world of wildlife.

Discover night-time nature by camping out - in your garden or on one of our nature reserves. Register to take part and we'll send you a free pack full of fun stuff!

What goes on in your garden at night?

While you’re tucked up in bed, the natural world outside comes alive as nocturnal 
creatures go about their lives under cover of darkness.

How do I take part in Big Wild Sleepout?

You can camp out in your garden or pitch up at one of our reserves. 

Burton mere wetlands - Big Wild Sleepout

Saturday 30 July
5.30 pm Saturday to 9 am Sunday
Price: £30 per person (£25 RSPB members); £15 under-14s (£12.50 members)
Booking essential
Now in its fourth year, Burton Mere Wetlands invites you to take part in its biggest and best family event, the Big Wild Sleepout.
For one night only, we’re giving families the chance to camp out in the wilderness at one of the best wetlands in the North West.
Join us for exciting evening activities including moth trapping and bat watching, and uncover the secrets of Burton Mere Wetlands' nocturnal wildlife, before sleeping under canvas serenaded by the night-time sounds of nature.
Bring a BBQ or camping stove along with food for dinner, to cook in our communal cooking area. A light breakfast is provided in the morning, and hot and cold drinking water is available on site throughout along with a range of snacks to buy, but bring along any other nibbles and drinks for the evening. Your own tent is required, along with anything else you need for a comfortable overnight stay. Indoor toilet facilities are provided on site.
This fantastic summer sleepout experience will be held overnight on Saturday 30 July. For more information and to book on the event, please call the reserve on 0151 353 8478 or email . Payment in advance is essential