Merseyside Naturalists' Association

MNA Programme 2014

Note that this programme also lists the events of the North West Fungus Group in purple and selected events from some of the members groups of the Northwestern Naturalists' Union in blue

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



Saturday 26 July 2014 : Coppice Wood, Grindleford
NORTHWESTERN NATURALISTS’ UNION - BRYOPHYTE AND LICHEN SECTION
Meet Grindleford Station Approach Road. Off B6521 (SK251788). Leader Joan Egan
All meetings on Saturdays, starting at 10.30 am and will commence whatever the weather. Bring food and clothing adequate for a full day in rough country and bad weather. Please check with section secretary a day or so before the meeting, in case of cancellation or changes. “Beginners” are welcome any ANY meeting and there will always be an experienced field bryologist present who will happily name and talk through the identification features of species encountered.Secretary: Norman Bamforth 1 Corporation Road, Audenshaw, Manchester. M34 5LY  (0161 336 3914)

Saturday 26 July 2014 : Grass Wood, Grassington, Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales – Car Trip
ROCHDALE FIELD NATURALISTS' SOCIETY
Pam Jackson (9.00am start)
* Please note there may be an entrance fee or parking charge at these venues.
Excursions depart from the cul-de-sac at Manchester Road, Rochdale. Time: Cars 1000hrs.
Queries: Secretary 01706 843685  secretary@rochdalefieldnaturalists.co.uk
www.rochdalefieldnaturalistssociety.co.uk

Saturday 2nd August 2014, Wigan Flashes
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 11am at Wigan Pier or Lime Street Station for the 10.01 train.
Note that the public transport details in this programme were correct at the end of 2013 but might have changed by the time of the trip. Members intending to travel by public transport should re-check the times and availabilities of all buses and trains before setting out.
Cost: Free of charge.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Water birds
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade:  Moderate: some ‘up and down’ walking likely; both terrain and footpaths more variable in quality; boots preferable.
Mileage: 5 miles / 8 kilometers
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader David Bryant.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Link to website:  Wigan Flashes
Map reference: SD 585 030


Tuesday 12 August 2014 : Tegg's Nose - Leader: David Warner
WILMSLOW GUILD NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY
Contact Roy Beacham (secretary) for further information on 01606 891957 rybeacham@aol.com

Saturday 16th August 2014, Bolton Abbey
Type:
Coach trip
Where we are meeting:
8.30 Conway Park Station on Europa Boulevard, near Birkenhead Bus Station.
8.45 William Brown Street, opposite the Central Library
9.00 Rocket, National Express bus stop on Broad Green Road, just before Queens Drive
9.15 Black Bull Post Office
9.20 Old Roan bus stop B
9.25 Maghull RBS
9.40 Ormskirk (06 County Road)
Cost: £20, payable on the coach.
Do I need to book? Yes, ring David Bryant on 0151 523 5240.
What do we expect to see? : Dippers, Goosanders, nesting Sand Martins, and woodland and water birds,
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Walking grade: Moderate: some ‘up and down’ walking likely; both terrain and footpaths more variable in quality; boots preferable.
Mileage: Optional
Guided or free to roam? Free to roam, leader John Clegg.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination. Coaches always stop at a service station on the way, and often on the way home.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Link to website:  Bolton Abbey
Map reference: SE 075 540

North West Fungus Group Foray, MNA members welcome
Sunday 17th August – Dibbinsdale, Wirral   Meet 10.30 at Woodslee Cottages. SJ346828 (Sheet 108) (CH62 2BJ).  Leave M53 at Jct4 onto B5137 Spital Road. Reserve on right about 2 miles after RH bend.  15 mins walk from Spital Railway Station. Leader – Jeanette Maddy (07548 838946)    

Saturday 30th August 2014, Neumann's Flash
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 11.00 RSPB car park at SJ 663 748 or at Liverpool Central for the 9.15* train to Chester then the 10.03* train to Northwich. (Buy a through ticket when starting out because there may not be time at Chester.)
* Note that the public transport details in this programme were correct at the end of 2013 but might have changed by the time of the trip. Members intending to travel by public transport should re-check the times and availabilities of all buses and trains before setting out.
Cost: Free of charge.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Wildfowl and waders.
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 2-3 miles / 4 kilometers
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader David Bryant.
Are toilets available? Toilets not available at destination, but are usually at the meeting place.
Accessibility:
  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Link to website:  Northwich Woodlands
Map reference: SJ 663 748

North West Fungus Group Foray, MNA members welcome
Sunday 7th September - Ainsdale NNR. Merseyside.
Ken Jordan Memorial Foray.  Meet 10.30 car park at Reserve Manager’s Office. SD303112 (Sheet 108) (PR8 3QW). Take A565 north past Woodvale Airport, turn on to Coastal Road, over railway bridge and left into private drive. Leader - Tony Carter (0151-724-4600)

Saturday 13th September 2014, Wigg Island, Runcorn
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10.45 at Wigg Island Visitors' Centre or Liverpool ONE bus station for the X1 bus at *9.00. 
Note that the public transport details in this programme were correct at the end of 2013 but might have changed by the time of the trip. Members intending to travel by public transport should re-check the times and availabilities of all buses and trains before setting out.
Cost: Free of charge.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Waders and gulls
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 2 miles / 3 kilometers
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader John Clegg.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Suitable for wheelchair users. 
Link to website:  Cheshire WT  Visit Woods 
Map reference:
SJ 528 834
Note: Joint meeting with Liverpool RSPB  Saveaway tickets can't be used, but pensioners' passes are valid.

North West Fungus Group Foray, MNA members welcome
Sunday 14th September - Clock Face Colliery Country Park, Bold, St. Helens.
– Meet 10.30 at Gorsey Lane Car Park. From Jct 7 of M62 follow A57 Warrington Rd. After 2 miles turn left on to A569 Clock Face Road. After 1.5 miles, (passing back under M’way), turn right into Gorsey Lane (blue cycling sign Burtonwood). Continue to entrance on right. SD 535915 (Sheet 108) (WA9 4SN). Leader – Tom Ferguson (01744 739774 /07743 509671 (m))

North West Fungus Group Foray, MNA members welcome
Saturday 20th September – Risley Moss, north Warrington. Beginners Foray.
Meet 10.30. Access from M62 Jct 11. Continue along A574 to first island, turn left. Reserve signposted. Ample parking space. SJ665922 (Sheet 109) (WA3 6QS). Leader - Irene Ridge (01254-247274. A morning foray will be followed by an afternoon microscope workshop.

Saturday 27th September 2014, Woodside to New Brighton
** Fourth part of Wirral Circular Walk **

Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10 am at Woodside tram stop.
Cost: Free of charge.
Do I need to book?. No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Waders and gulls. High tide about 13.45
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope optional..
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 5-6 miles / 9 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:  Visit Wirral 
Map reference:
SJ 330 893
Note: Linear walk along prom. 


North West Fungus Group Foray, MNA members welcome
Sunday 28th September – Moor Piece NR, Bashall Eaves.
  Meet 10.30 in Bashall Eaves Village Hall car park at SD696434 (Sheet 103) on right just past Red Pump Inn before onward journey to the Reserve. (Follow signs for Whitewell/Trough of Bowland).  Terrain is rough and wet. Leader - Irene Ridge (01254-247274)

North West Fungus Group Foray, MNA members welcome
Friday 3rd October to Monday 6th October - Residential Foray at Keswick Convention Centre.
Cost inc. meals, for members and for non-members will be announced later. Booking form in Newsletter. Contact Irene Ridge (01254-247274)

Saturday 4th October, Old Moor RSPB  
Type:
Coach trip
Where we are meeting:
8.30 Conway Park Station on Europa Boulevard, near Birkenhead Bus Station.
8.45 William Brown Street, opposite the Central Library
9.00 Rocket, National Express bus stop on Broad Green Road, just before Queens Drive
9.10 Huyton, outside McDonalds, Page Moss
Cost: £20, payable on the coach.
Do I need to book? Yes, ring David Bryant on 0151 523 5240.
What do we expect to see? : Wildfowl and waders
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 3 miles / 5 kilometers
Guided or free to roam? Free to roam or guided, leader Dave Hardy.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Suitable for wheelchair users. Please note that this refers to the destination only and that coaches are not accessible
Link to website:  RSPB Old Moor 
Map reference:  SE 422 022


North West Fungus Group Foray, MNA members welcome
Sunday 5th October - Moore Nature Reserve, Warrington - Meet 10.30.
2 miles south of Warrington on A56 turn north to Moore at traffic lights at Higher Walton. 1 mile turn right, crossing railway and ship canal. Go to end of road to reach entrance. Car park to right of entrance road. SJ578855 (Sheet 108) (WA4 6XE). Leader - Paul  Hamlyn (0161-434-1401).  For Beginners

Saturday 18th October 2014, Sefton Park
Type:  
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10.45 at the Lakeside Café or Liverpool ONE bus station for 82 bus at *10.09
*Note that the public transport details in this programme were correct at the end of 2013 but might have changed by the time of the trip. Members intending to travel by public transport should re-check the times and availabilities of all buses and trains before setting out.
Cost:  Free of charge.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Water and park birds.
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 3 miles / 5 kilometers
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader Howard Mills.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Link to website:  Sefton Park
Map reference:  SJ 378 870
Note: Joint meeting with Liverpool RSPB


North West Fungus Group Foray, MNA members welcome
Sunday 19th October - Duxbury Woods, Chorley.
 Meet 10.30, Duxbury Park Golf Course car park. SD585152 (Sheet 108) (PR7 4AS). From A6 to Chorley take A5106 at traffic lights. Take first right and follow signs to Duxbury Golf Course. Keep left at each junction till car park reached. Leader - Peter Smith (01204-843439)

Sunday 26th October 2014, Point of Air
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 11 am at the Talacre Car Park next to the Lighthouse Inn.
Car Share: Offers and requests to leader about a week before, please.
Cost: Free of charge.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Waders
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 2 miles / 3 kilometers
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader Alexander Mansfield.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Link to website:  RSPB Point of Ayr
Map reference:  SJ 124 848

North West Fungus Group Foray, MNA members welcome
Sunday 26th October - Rostherne Mere. 
Meet 10.30. Take the third turn on the left going south on the Chester Road (A556) from the M56 Jct 8. The car park is 200 yards past the church on the left hand side SJ743833 (Sheet 109) (WA16 6SB). Or park on the road. Leader - Tim Rogers (07890949997).

North West Fungus Group Foray, MNA members welcome
Sunday 2nd November – Turn Slack Clough, Littleborough.
Meet at 10.30 at Clough SD935173 (Sheet 109). Left off A58 on Whitelees Road approaching Littleborough from west. Leader - Norman Bamforth (0161-336-3914)

Sunday 9th November 2014, Leighton Moss RSPB
Type:
Coach trip
Where we are meeting:
9.30 Conway Park Station on Europa Boulevard, near Birkenhead Bus Station.
9.45 William Brown Street, opposite the Central Library
10.00 Rocket, National Express bus stop on Broad Green Road, just before Queens Drive
10.15 Black Bull Post Office
10.20 Old Roan bus stop B
10.25 Maghull RBS
10.40 Ormskirk (06 County Road)
Cost: £20, payable on the coach.
Do I need to book? Yes, ring David Bryant on 0151 523 5240.
What do we expect to see? : Bearded Tits, Water Rail, possibly a Bittern
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: Distance optional.
Guided or free to roam? Free to roam, leader Sabena Blackbird.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination. Coaches always stop at a service station on the way, and often on the way home.
Accessibility:  Suitable for wheelchair users.  Please note that this refers to the destination only and that coaches are not accessible
Link to website:  RSPB Leighton Moss
Map reference: SD 478 750
Note: This is one of our 2014 "later starts".

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).

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