Merseyside Naturalists' Association

MNA Programme 2015


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





North-west Fungus Group
Sunday 23rd August  – BEGINNERS FORAY at Risley Moss, north Warrington.
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 5th September 2015, Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 11.30 at the Visitors' Centre car park. [*Sir Thomas Street for the 487 bus at 9.30]  Note that the public transport details in this programme were correct at the end of 2014 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, but £4 to non-RSPB members..
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Autumn migrants, Spotted Redshank, Marsh Harrier.
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 4 miles / 6 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader John Clegg.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Suitable for wheelchair users.
Note:
Visitors welcome

North-west Fungus Group
Sunday 6th September - Styal Woods, Cheshire.
Nr. M/c Airport. Meet 10.30, small National Trust car park off road by Styal Village, 600 yds past the Ship Inn on opposite side of road. SJ836836 (Sheet 109) (SK9 4JE). Leader - John Taylor (0161-445-3308)

North-west Fungus Group
Sunday 13th September – Roudsea Wood, south Cumbria .
Meet 10.30 am on the road by the Anglers Arms, Haverthwaite – we will park there and take full cars on for the final mile or so to Roudsea as parking there is limited. Via Newby Bridge A590 west to Haverthwaite. Take B5278 left, the pub is directly in front of you. Roudsea woods location SD330827 (Sheet 97) (LA12 8AJ). Leader – Helen Speed (01539 733959).No dogs.

Saturday 26th September 2015, Halsall to Burscough Bridge
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10.45 Halsall Parish Church. [*Queen Square for the 300 bus at 9.48]  Note that the public transport details in this programme were correct at the end of 2014 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? : Autumn woods and canal birds on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Walking grade: Easy : flat canal towpath suitable for walking shoes.  
Mileage: 5 miles / 8 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader Barbara Lee.
Are toilets available? Toilets not available at destination
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Note:
Visitors welcome.

North-west Fungus Group
Sunday 27th September – 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
Friday 2nd October to Monday 5th 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)

North-west Fungus Group
Sunday 4th October – BEGINNERS FORAY at 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). Leader - Paul  Hamlyn (0161-434-1401).

North-west Fungus Group
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October – National Fungus Day. See NWFG website for events.

Sunday 11th October 2015, Rostherne Mere OR Tatton Park  
Type:
Coach trip
Where we are meeting:
9.00 Conway Park Station on Europa Boulevard, near Birkenhead Bus Station.
9.15 William Brown Street, opposite the Central Library
9.30 Rocket (61/68 southbound bus stop)
9.40 Aigburth Vale (bus stop A),
9.45 Garston (bus stop by Whitehedge Road)
Cost: £20, payable on the coach. Possible entrance fees at Tatton Park.
Do I need to book? Yes, ring David Bryant on 0151 523 5240. Coach will drop the more adventurous off at Rostherne Mere then continue to Tatton Park, so you must pick one.
Rostherne Mere: Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Rostherne Mere: Walking grade:  Strenuous, could include sections of rough terrain, stiff climbs; uneven (or no) footpaths. Likely to be muddy, wellies recommended.
Rostherne Mere: Mileage: 2-3 miles / 4 kilometres
Rostherne Mere: Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader Alexander Mansfield.
Rostherne Mere: Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Tatton Park: Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Tatton Park: Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Tatton Park: Mileage: optional
Tatton Park: Guided or free to roam? Free to roam, leader John Clegg.
Tatton Park: Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Note: Tatton Park - entry free to the park, but £6 fee for gardens.

Saturday 17th October 2015, Heswall to Ness  
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there. Part of Wirral Circular Walk.
Where we are meeting: 10.30 Heswall Bus Station. [* Sir Thomas Street for the 472 bus at 9.27] Note that the public transport details in this programme were correct at the end of 2014 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 (but see bus fare information below).
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Woodland birds and waders
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope optional.
Walking grade: Moderate: some ‘up and down’ walking likely; both terrain and footpaths more variable in quality; boots preferable.
Mileage: 5-6 miles / 9 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader Jim Hughes.
Are toilets available? Toilets not available at destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users.
Notes:
. Linear walk. Pensioner's bus passes are valid but Saveaway tickets can't be used on the return bus journey from Ness. If you don't have a bus pass, buy an Arriva Day ticket (£5 in 2014) when starting out. Visitors welcome.

North-west Fungus Group
Sunday 18th October – Raven Meols Hills, Formby –
Meet 10.30. From A565 Formby-By-Pass turn west to Formby at Tesco traffic lights on to B5195 Altcar Road. Continue to travel west to Formby Point, past Formby Railway Station to end of Kirkdale Road (1.8miles). Turn left, past church to Shorrocks Hill Night Club (L37 2EB) then right on to Lifeboat Road to car park Bay One. Leader – Tony Carter (0151-724-4600)

North-west Fungus Group
Sunday 1stNovember –Turn Slack Clough, Littleborough.
Meet at 10.30 at Clough. Left off A58 onto Whitelees Road approaching Littleborough from west, continue along Calderbrook Road turning left at Clough Road. SD935173 (Sheet 109) (OL15 9JZ). Leader - Norman Bamforth (0161-336-3914).

Wednesday 18th November 2015, Sefton Park
Type: Short walk 11am to 1pm, make your own way there.
Where we are meeting: 11am at the Lakeside café at the south end of the lake. (Near Aigburth Vale).
Cost: Free of charge.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Water birds and winter visitors.
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 1 mile / 1.5 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader John Clegg.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users.
Note:
Visitors welcome

Saturday 28th November 2015, Port Sunlight River Park
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: River Park car park at 10.30 [*Sir Thomas Street for the 1 bus at 9.38].  Note that the public transport details in this programme were correct at the end of 2014 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? : Park and estuary birds
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope optional.
Walking grade: Easy : Very good paths suitable for walking shoes, but there is a hill path to the top.
Mileage: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader John Clegg.
Are toilets available? Toilets not available at destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Note:
Visitors welcome

Saturday 12th December 2015, Christmas meal at Eastham Ferry Hotel
Type: Outdoor meeting with meal, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: Names to David Bryant by 21 November please, when meeting time will be confirmed.
Cost: Free of charge, but pay for your own meal, of course.
Do I need to book? Yes, ring David Bryant on 0151 523 5240.
Walking grade: Optional short walk through Eastham woods. Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes, but may be muddy.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.


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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