Merseyside Naturalists' Association

MNA Programme 2015


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


Sat 7th February 2015, Manor Road to West Kirby
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there. Part of Wirral Circular Walk.
Where we are meeting: 10.30 Manor Road Station.
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? : Wading birds, following the tide out.
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade: Easy : flat beach, but wet, so Wellingtons essential.
Mileage: 5 miles / 8 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:
Linear walk. Visitors welcome.

Wednesday 11th February 2015, Festival Gardens.
Type:
Short walk 11am to 1pm, make your own way there.
Where we are meeting: 11am main gate on Riverside Drive. [*Liverpool ONE for the 82A bus at 10.36 or train to St Michaels and walk through Priory Wood.]
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 birds
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 2 miles / 3 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader John Clegg.
Are toilets available? Toilets not certain to be available at destination, but there might be a chemical toilet in the park.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users.
Note:
Visitors welcome

Saturday 21st February 2015, Talk and AGM
Type:  
Indoor meeting, illustrated talk on "Swift Conservation" by Edward Mayer, followed by AGM.
Where we are meeting: Liverpool Central Library, meeting room 2, 4th floor.
Cost: Free of charge.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Suitable for wheelchair users. 

North-west Fungus Group
Saturday  21st  February – AGM 10am (Coffee) for 10.30 at Risley Moss, north Warrington.

Saturday 14th March 2015, Marton Mere and Fairhaven Lakes
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, bus stop just before the start of the M62
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, waders, possibly a Long-eared Owl
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 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided at Marton Mere, leader John Clegg. Free to roam at Fairhaven Lakes.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at Fairhaven Lakes, not at Marton Mere. Coaches always stop at a service station on the way, and often on the way home.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 

Saturday 28th March 2015, Moore NR
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: Lapwing Lane at 11.00. [*Liverpool ONE for the X1 bus to Runcorn at 9.00, then 62 bus to Red Lion Pub].
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? : Lesser-spotted Woodpecker.
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 2 miles / 3 kilometres to and from reserve, then mileage optional.
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

Monday 30th March 2015, Childwall Woods
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10.45 at the corner of Aldbourne Avenue and Woolton Road.[* Liverpool ONE for the 75 bus at 10.16]  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? : Woodland birds.
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Walking grade: Easy gentle stroll, about 2 hours, muddy paths likely.
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader Howard Mills.
Are toilets available? Toilets not available at destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Note: Joint meeting with Liverpool RSPB. Visitors welcome

Sunday 5th April 2015, Hilbre Island
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 9.15 prompt at the Dee Lane Slipway.[* Central Station for the 0835 train to West Kirby]. 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? : Passage migrants, waders, grey seals and other marine life.
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade: Moderate: Brisk walk over sand, staying over the tide. Wellingtons recommended.
Mileage: 3-4 miles / 6 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader David Bryant..
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the start.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Note:
Easter Sunday. High tide 9.1 m at 12.51. Visitors welcome

Saturday 11th April 2015, World's End
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
What do we expect to see? : Black Grouse lek.
Car Share: Offers and requests to leader about a week before, please.
Where we are meeting: 7am at the Five Crosses pub, Minera, LL11 3UT
Cost: Free of charge.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade: Easy : view birds from car.
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader Alexander Mansfield..
Are toilets available? Toilets not available at destination.
Map reference:  SJ276523
Note: Visitors welcome

North-west Fungus Group
Sunday 12th April – Freshfield and Ainsdale NNR, Merseyside.  Ken Jordan Memorial Foray.
Meet 10.30 at Freshfield Station car park SD291084 (Sheet 108) (L37 7DD). Leave A565 Formby-by-Pass onto B5424 at roundabout signposted for Formby Point BUT at mini roundabout keep straight on until Freshfield Road then turn right. (OR go by train). Leader - Tony Carter (0151-724-4600)

Saturday 25th April 2015, Marshside RSPB
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: Marshside car park at 11.00. [*Central Station for the 9.23 train to Southport then 44 bus at 10.17 from Eastbank Street. 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? : Water birds, raptors, possibly Ruffs displaying.
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 or guided, leader John Clegg .
Are toilets available? Chemical toilets available at Sandgrounder Hide.
Accessibility:  Suitable for wheelchair users.
Note:
Visitors welcome

Saturday 9th May 2015, Carr Mill Circular
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10.45 Garswood Station. [*Lime Street Station for the 10.00 Wigan train]  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? : Water, woodland and farmland birds.
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope optional.
Walking grade: Easy : good paths suitable for walking shoes, two stiles en route.
Mileage: 5 miles / 8 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader Howard Mills.
Are toilets available? Toilets not available at destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Note:
Joint meeting with Liverpool RSPB  Parking on the station approach is for rail users only. Visitors welcome

Saturday 16th May 2015, Manifold Valley, Derbyshire
Type:
Coach trip
Where we are meeting:
8.45 Conway Park Station on Europa Boulevard, near Birkenhead Bus Station.
9.00 William Brown Street, opposite the Central Library
9.15 Rocket, bus stop just before the start of the M62
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? : Spring flowers and woodland birds.
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Walking grade: Easy : walk 2 miles along valley to tea shop at other end, or stay in scenic village of Wetton all day. The more ambitious can walk up on the moors.
Mileage: 4 miles / 6 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader David Bryant.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination. Also, coaches always stop at a service station on the way, and often on the way home.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Note:
Joint meeting with Liverpool Botanical Society. Visitors welcome

North-west Fungus Group
Sunday 17th May - Beacon Hill Country Park, Upholland, West Lancashire.
Meet at 10.30 in Rangers' car park, Elmers Green Lane, off Beacon Lane SD505067 (Sheet 108) (WN8 7RU). From M58 Junction 5 exit for A577 Skelmersdale East, passing south under the Mway but then turning back north until to you reach a roundabout signposted to Beacon Park. Take right up A577 Windmill Road and continue, turning right then left into Upholland. At wrought iron clock in town centre, turn sharp left onto Mill Lane /Beacon Lane. Continue 2 miles to Beacon Park Golf Centre on left, turning down to car park continuing left to the far end of this car park and the Rangers' cabins. Leader - John Watt (07768 043 461/01695 578843).

Wednesday 27th May 2015, Dovestones Reservoir, Saddleworth 
Type: Outdoor meeting by train, make your own way there.
Where we are meeting: Lime St Station for the 10.12 train to Manchester Victoria. Buy a day return ticket to Greenfield (approx £17, less with Railcard). 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 train fare above.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Tree Pipit, Redstart.
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: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader David Bryant.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination. 
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Note: Visitors welcome


Sunday 14th June 2015, Aber Falls OR Bodnant Gardens
Type: Coach trip
Where we are meeting:
8.00 Rocket, on Queen's Drive outside Crimpers
8.15 William Brown Street, opposite the Central Library
8.30 Conway Park Station on Europa Boulevard, near Birkenhead Bus Station.
Cost: £20, payable on the coach. Plus admission charge at Bodnant, but not at Aber Falls
Do I need to book? Yes, ring David Bryant on 0151 523 5240. Coach will drop the more adventurous off at Aber Falls then continue to Bodnant, so you must pick one.
Aber Falls: Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Aber Falls: Walking grade: Moderate: some ‘up and down’ walking likely; both terrain and footpaths more variable in quality; boots preferable.
Aber Falls: Mileage: 4 miles / 6 kilometres
Aber Falls: Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader David Bryant..
Aber Falls: Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Bodnant Gardens: Admission costs about £10
Bodnant Gardens: Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Bodnant Gardens: Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Bodnant Gardens: Mileage: Distance optional.
Bodnant Gardens: Guided or free to roam? Free to roam, leader Barbara Lee
Bodnant Gardens: Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Note: Visitors welcome

Wednesday 24th June 2015, Minera
Type:
Outdoor meeting by bus, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: Central Station for the 8.45 Chester train, then two buses. Buy an Arriva day ticket at Chester. Total costs around £15. 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 above..
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Woods, a quarry, dragonflies, birds and butterflies
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 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader David Bryant.
Are toilets available? Toilets not available at destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users. 
Note: Visitors welcome

North-west Fungus Group
Sunday 28th June - Spring Wood, nr Whalley.
Meet10.30 at Spring Wood Car Park, adjacent to Visitor Centre / Picnic Area on A671. SD741361 (Sheet103) (BB7 9TD). Leader – Mike Valentine (07541 240874)

Saturday 4th July 2015, Great Orme
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting:  Liverpool Central for the 8.45 train to Chester, then 9.55 train to Llandudno.(Train fare about £24, less with railcard.) Or 11.30 outside the Grand Hotel near the pier.  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 train fare above..
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? : Flowers, birds and butterflies
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: 3-4 miles / 6 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader Sabena Blackbird.
Are toilets available? Toilets available at the destination.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users.
Note:
Visitors welcome.

Saturday 11th July 2015, Penmon Point and Cemlyn Bay
Type:
Coach trip
Where we are meeting:
8.30 Rocket, on Queen's Drive outside Crimpers
8.45 William Brown Street, opposite the Central Library
9.00 Conway Park Station on Europa Boulevard, near Birkenhead Bus Station.
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? : Seabirds and terns
Should I bring a telescope? Yes, if you have one.
Walking grade: Easy : flat terrain with very good paths suitable for walking shoes.
Mileage: 1-2 miles / 2 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader David Bryant.
Are toilets available? Toilets not available at destination, but are usually at the meeting place. Coaches always stop at a service station on the way, and often on the way home.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users.
Note:
Visitors welcome.

Saturday 18th July 2015, Velvet Trail, Hillside to Ainsdale
Type:
Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: Hillside Station at 10.30 [*Central Station for the 9.53 train.]  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? : Dune flowers
Should I bring a telescope? Telescope not useful.
Walking grade: Moderate: lots of  ‘up and down’ on the sand dunes.
Mileage: 3-4 miles / 6 kilometres
Guided or free to roam? Guided, leader Barbara Lee.
Are toilets available? Toilets not available at Hillside or on route, but are at Ainsdale.
Accessibility:  Not suitable for wheelchair users.
Note:
Linear walk. Visitors welcome.


[More programme to come]

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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