Birdcraft Winter 2013
The birdwatching course with a difference!
We concentrate on using the bird’s character to help you recognise it and not just its colours and patterns. How the bird moves, its size, its shape, and even the sounds it makes.
All indoor meetings take place at the Wilmslow Guild Wilmslow Guild
1 Bourne Street, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5HD
For more information and to book on to the course go to http://wilmslowguild.wikidot.com/
Please note that if you have membership cards for RSPB, WWT and NT please bring them with you on the course field days. Maps and full meeting point details will be provided at the first indoor session.
Friday 18th January – Indoor – 7:30pm
Introduction to winter highlights and targets for course.
Sat 19th January– Meadow Bank Farm, Broxton – Double Session. Meet: 9:30am
We visit this award winning farm to see the impact on farmland birds when the land is managed with nature conservation in mind. Masses of buntings and finches and much, much more... Turn into the farm entrance, [This is at SJ482525 (http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/) Sat Nav code CH3 9JS
Saturday 26th January – Mere Sands Wood – 9.00am – Full day
This Lancashire Wildlife trust site has a rich array of woodland and wetland habitat with an excellent mix of birds including Lesser Redpoll, Willow Tit and Goldeneye. Entrance is free but a £2 donation is requested. Leave the A59 in Rufford onto Holmeswood Road (B5246). After one mile turn left at the "Nature Reserve" and "Meresands Kennels" signs. The car park is at the end of the lane. Grid Ref SD447160
Friday 1st Feb – Indoor – 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd February – Kinmel Bay to Rhos – Full Day
We begin at the Clywd Estuary and the beach area of Kimnel Bay, with possible Snow Bunting on the menu, before working our way down the coast till we reach Rhos in search of rocky shore waders at the approach of high tide.
Meet: 9:00am off Foryd Rd, via Ferry Hotel junction Sat Nav LL18 5AR - Grid Ref: SH994808.
Saturday 9th February Hoylake Shore – Double session 8.00am
We start at the Hoylake Lifeboat Station and let the tide bring hordes of wading birds straight in front of us including Bar-tailed Godwits, Knot and Grey Plovers.
Meet on North Parade next to Lifeboat Station Grid Ref: SJ217897 & Sat Nav: CH47 3AL
Friday 22nd Feb – Indoor – 7:30pm
Saturday 23rd February – Moore Nature Reserve - 7:30am
This reserve has a fantastic variety of habitats and is consequently rich in birdlife including hard to see species such as Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Bittern. Wrap up warmly and bring plenty of hot drinks and food as we seek out the special birds of the area. Meet at The Nature Reserve Car Park near Moore Lane/Lapwing Lane crossroads. Grid Ref SJ578854.
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March – Solway Weekend
We will start at WWT Caerlaverock Reserve and we will also visit RSPB Mersehead, both outstanding sites for wintering wildfowl including thousands of Barnacle Gees, Bellymack farm for Red Kite feeding and also visit Loch Ryan for wintering grebes and sea ducks as well as Portpatrick for Black Guillimot. You will need to organise your own accommodation for the weekend but Caerlaverock has limited overnight stay facilities bookable through WWT
Meet: WWT Caerlaverock 9.30am on Saturday. Full details on request. Sat Nav: DG1 4RS Grid Ref: NY 050656
Course Tutor: Jeff Clarke
Contact details: Tel 07837 690612(M) or 01925 790753 (H)
Birdcraft Course Spring 2013
The courses at all seasons follow a similar format to the fully detailed winter course displayed here and visit a wide variety of superb birding venues. Most are situated in the North-West but most courses contain at least one session further afield in search of particular species which are hard to connect with in our region.
The projected course start date for Spring 2013 is Friday 18th March