Merseyside Naturalists' Association

MNA Programme 2016


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



A link is at the bottom of the page to the North West Fungus Group (NWFG) 2016 programme.

MNA members are always welcome at their meetings


Saturday 7th May. Leasowe Common.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10.30 Moreton station.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Are toilets available? Yes
Mileage: 5 miles
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader John Clegg

Saturday 21st May. Stocks Reservoir, Slaidburn.
Type: Coach Trip
Where we are meeting: 8.30 Bromborough Village, 8.45 Conway Park, 9.00 William Brown Street, 9.15 Rocket.
Cost: £20.
Do I need to book? Yes with Coach Secretary Seema Aggarwal Tel: 07984 231059 or if no answer with Christine Barton Tel: 07854 776421
What do we expect to see? Summer Migrants, Wildflowers, Butterflies & Insects
Guided or free to roam: FTR & Guided, leader Sabena Blackbird

Saturday 4th June. Billinge Hill.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10.00 St Helens bus station. [09.00 Wigan train from Lime Street for St Helens Central]
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Are toilets available? No
Mileage: 5-6 miles
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader John Clegg

Saturday 18th June. Potteric Carr YWT, Doncaster.
Type: Coach Trip
Where we are meeting: 8.30 Bromborough Village, 8.45 Conway Park, 9.00 William Brown Street, 9.15 Rocket.
Cost: £20.
Do I need to book? Yes with Coach Secretary Seema Aggarwal Tel: 07984 231059 or if no answer with Christine Barton Tel: 07854 776421
What do we expect to see? Cettis's Warbler, Wildflowers, Butterflies, Dragonflies and Spiders.
Guided or free to roam: FTR & Guided, leader Alexander Mansfield
Note: Charge for non-members of the Wildlife Trust (£4 per adult in 2015)

Wednesday 22nd June. Prestatyn.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 11.00 Prestatyn station. [10.19 train from Chester]
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? Little Terns.
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader David Bryant

Saturday 2nd July. Dyserth.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10.30 Falls car park (SJ056793)
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Are toilets available? Yes
Mileage: 6 miles
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader John Clegg

Saturday 9th July. Malham.
Type: Coach Trip
Where we are meeting: 8.30 Bromborough Village, 8.45 Conway Park, 9.00 William Brown Street, 9.15 Rocket.
Cost: £20.
Do I need to book? Yes with Coach Secretary Seema Aggarwal Tel: 07984 231059 or if no answer with Christine Barton Tel: 07854 776421
What do we expect to see? Wildflowers
Guided or free to roam: FTR & Guided, leader David Bryant

Saturday 23rd July. Lunt Meadows.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 11.15 in car park; entrance on Lunt Road between Lunt and Homer Green. [133 bus departs 10.57 outside Waterloo station]
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader David Bryant

Sunday 7th August. Royden Park.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10.00 Sir Thomas Street for 437 bus or 11.00 in Frankby village.
Are toilets available? Yes
Mileage: 4 miles
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader John Clegg

Sunday 21st Aug. Blacktoft Sands RSPB.
Type: Coach Trip
Where we are meeting: 9.00 Bromborough Village, 9.15 Conway Park, 9.30 William Brown Street, 9.45 Rocket.
Cost: £20.
Do I need to book? Yes with Coach Secretary Seema Aggarwal Tel: 07984 231059 or if no answer with Christine Barton Tel: 07854 776421
Are toilets available? Yes
What do we expect to see? Bearded Tits, passage Waders, Marsh Harrier
Guided or free to roam: FTR & Guided, leader Sabena Blackbird

Saturday 3rd September. Seacombe to Wallasey Grove Road.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: Liverpool Pier Head for 10.00 ferry or 10.20 at Seacombe Ferry.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Are toilets available? Yes
Mileage: 6 miles
What do we expect to see? Coastal wildlife
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader Jim Hughes

Saturday 17th September. Malltraeth, Anglesey.
Type: Coach Trip
Where we are meeting: 8.30 Rocket, 8.45 William Brown Street, 9.00 Conway Park, 9.15 Bromborough Village.
Cost: £20.
Do I need to book? Yes with Coach Secretary Seema Aggarwal Tel: 07984 231059 or if no answer with Christine Barton Tel: 07854 776421
Guided or free to roam: FTR & Guided, leader David Bryant

Saturday 1st October. Frodsham.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 10.30 on Marsh Lane at bridge over the motorway. [9.52 train Chester-Frodsham]
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? Passage Waders
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader Alexander Mansfield

Sunday 16th October. Dibbinsdale
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: Meet 10.30 at Bromborough Rake station.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Are toilets available? Only if Ranger’s Office is open
What do we expect to see? Fungi & Woodland Birds
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader Sabena Blackbird

Wednesday 26th October. Sefton Park.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 11.00 at Lakeside café.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Are toilets available? Yes
Mileage: 2 miles
What do we expect to see? Water and park birds, Ring-necked Parakeet
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader (John Clegg)

Sunday 13th November. Leighton Moss RSPB.
Type: Coach Trip
Where we are meeting: 9.00 Bromborough Village, 9.15 Conway Park, 9.30 Dale Street/junction with Sir Thomas St. 9.45 Rocket.
Cost: £20.
Do I need to book? Yes with Coach Secretary Seema Aggarwal Tel: 07984 231059 or if no answer with Christine Barton Tel: 07854 776421
What do we expect to see? Bearded Tits, Water Rail, Otter, Red Deer
Guided or free to roam: FTR & Guided, leader Bruce Harper

Saturday 19th November. Sizergh Castle.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 8.30 in Castle car park.
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
What do we expect to see? Hawfinches.
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader Alexander Mansfield

Wednesday 23rd November. Newsham Park.
Type: Outdoor meeting, make your own way there
Where we are meeting: 11.00 at Old Police Station, West Derby Road
Do I need to book? No, just turn up.
Are toilets available? Yes
Mileage: 2 miles
Guided or free to roam: Guided, leader (John Clegg)

Saturday 10th December. Christmas meal, Child of Hale.
Do I need to book? Names to David Bryant on 0151 523 5240 by 18th November please, when meeting time will be confirmed.
Cost: Pay for your own meal.

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).

2016 Pocket Programme Card


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