Merseyside Naturalists' Association

MNA Programme 2014


For information about previous MNA trips see our blog, The Naturalists' Notebook


Wednesday 19th November 2014, Newsham Park
Type:
Short walk 11am to 1pm, make your own way there.
Where we are meeting: 11am at the Police Station at the junction of West Derby Road and Orphan Drive (Served by buses 11, 12, 13, 15, 18 or 68.).
Cost: Free of charge.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Winter thrushes and lake birds
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 1½ miles / 2 kilometers
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader John Clegg.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Link to website:  Newsham Park   Project Newsham Park 
Map reference: SJ 379 923

Saturday 22nd November 2014, "Great Trees of Wirral" by John Moffat of the Friends of Flaybrick.
Type:
Indoor meeting, illustrated talk.
Where we are meeting: 2.00 Bootle Cricket Club. How to get to Bootle Cricket Club 

Cost: Free of charge.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. (Because we are sometimes asked to use the upstairs room without prior notice.)
Link to website:
  Great Trees of Wirral 
Note:
Visitors welcome

Saturday 13th December 2014, Christmas Meal at the Punchbowl, Sefton Village
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
When we are meeting: Names to David Bryant by 1st December please, when the meeting time will be confirmed. (This mystery about the time is to deter people from turning up without booking, and causing confusion about the numbers pre-booked at the restaurant.)
Cost: Free of charge, but pay for your meal..
Do I need to book? Yes, ring David Bryant on 0151 523 5240.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Suitable for wheelchair users.
Link to website:  Punchbowl 
Map reference: SD 014 356


Coaches are to be paid for on the day, on the coach. Coach bookings must be paid for unless cancelled at least 7 days before meeting.
Check transport arrangements carefully and don't be late! Bring waterproofs, binoculars, a packed lunch, a flask, and a waterproof pad to sit on in case we have to eat lunch on the grass. 

The coach usually gets back to Merseyside between 6pm and 8pm.
Visitors are welcome at all indoor and outdoor meetings. They are also welcome on coach trips, subject to there being room on the coach, and must be booked with a member.

Walking grades: "Easy", "Moderate" and "Strenuous" are appropriate to the standard of MNA - a naturalists' group. They are not comparable to walking club classifications, being considerably easier. On most coach and all car trips, walks return to the starting point and
therefore members can walk a shorter distance if they wish. However, if a trip is noted as a 
Linear Walk, members will need to complete the full walk from point A (leaving the coach) to point B (coach meeting point).

2014 Pocket Programme card (A5)    2014 Amplified Programme card (A4)


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