Wirral Wader Festival Come And Join Us 1st and 2nd October 2016

Oystercatcher and Turnstone

An exciting weekend at Thurstaston Visitor Centre, Wirral Country Park

10am - 4pm Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2016

Birds, Birdwatching, Optics - your chance to try the new Leica Noctivid Binoculars, Talks including our new "Merlin and More" North Wales talk, Bird Information - what to see where, Arts and crafts, kids painting competition, wading bird exhibit, meet creatures that live in the estuary mud, second hand wildlife book sales, tombola and lots more!

Come and see us at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston Visitor Centre

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm

Spoonbilled Sandpiper Thai 1

Spoon-billed Sandpiper - seen on our Thailand Birdwatching Tripss.

Meet Alan Davies and Ruth Miller of Birdwatching Trips with The Biggest Twitch and find out all about our tours.

Live art demonstration by Hazel Thompson

Kids' painting competitions – Ages 10 and under and 11-16. Competitions on both days. First prizes: a pair of Opticron binoculars, other prizes for 2nd and 3rd places. Winning entries from both days will be displayed at the North West Birdwatching Festival at Martin Mere.

Art events at Shore Cottage Studio (located on Thurstaston beach). Drop in sessions to make a wader card Saturday and Sunday. £5 fee.

Second-hand wildlife book sale - Garrick Books - Ken Mullins Books (Sunday only)

RSPB Optics and pin badges, and Cheshire Wildlife Trust merchandising for sale

Wave Worn Designs. Jewellery made from sea glass by local jewellery maker

Wader exhibit - from the World Museum Liverpool.

Birdwatching Magazine and Wader Quest stands

Crafting for families including a children’s wader trail Collect the letters and win a prize

A series of talks (40-45mins) – limited numbers, tickets available from reception

- Rachel Taylor BTO Sat-2pm - Wader Quest Sat-3pm

Tem Stint 1 Finland 2013

- Matt Thomas Arctic Dream Sun-2pm

Dotterel 1 Great Orme

- Alan Davies and Ruth Miller Sun-3pm Merlin and More North Wales at its Best.

Creatures in the mud -

Sat and Sun 1pm - 3pm examining the creatures that live within the mud flats.

Raffle - A great variety of prizes to be won.

Films showing all day in the theatre - (when talks are not taking place).

Low tide wader watches: Sat and Sun. The muddy banks of the Dee are good for waders even at low tide. Sat - 2pm and Sun - 2.30pm we are leading the walk on Sunday do come along to enjoy lots of waders.

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Also come along to the Birdwatching Events here....

West Kirby / Cheshire Wildlife Trust Red Rocks Reserve Sat 11am – 1pm, Sun 11.30am - 1.30pm

High tide bird watch with the Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens as they protect wader flocks on the beach. You can also learn more about Red Rocks Nature Reserve from the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Live wader roost webcam in the Wirral Sailing Centre car park, Dee Lane. - there will be a chance to watch a live wader webcam with images from Little Eye island.

There will be opportunities to brush up on your SLR/bridge camera skills.

Norfolk Ruff 1 Titchwell

Wildlife walk at Red Rocks with Cheshire Wildlife Trust (starting at 1.15pm Saturday and 1.45pm Sunday. Meet at Wirral Sailing Centre car park (CH48 0QG).

Hoylake Sat 11am – 1pm, Sun 11.30am –1.30pm

High tide bird watch with the RSPB, Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens and Wirral Rangers. Meet at the RNLI station. Nine species of wader are regularly seen and it's a chance for you to brush up on your identification skills. If you don't have a telescope there will be some provided.

Sunset walk to Hilbre Island

Sat 4-7pm. Booking essential. £3 fee Join Wirral Rangers and Cheshire Wildlife Trust on a magical walk to Hilbre Island. Contact wcp@wirral.gov.uk to book and for meeting details. (Composting toilet available on the Island, no other facilities).

Leasowe Lighthouse Sun 1-5pm - Guided tours to the top of the lighthouse. Small fee

Lots to do and lots of birds to see! We look forward to seeing you at the Wirral Wader Festival!

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