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EVENTS

Friday 8th March
Talk: 'The Harvest Mouse: An Experimental Release Scheme'

7.30pm
Thornton Hough W.I. Hall, Thornton Hough, CH63 1JL

A talk by Penny Rudd, Registrar at Chester Zoo, about the zoo's groundbreaking Harvest mouse release project.

Admission £5.

The Harvest mouse is our smallest UK rodent species, with adults weighing less than a 2p coin! Unfortunately these endearing mammals are under threat from all sides and, whilst their populations are not well understood, they are thought to be in decline across Britain.


More than 20 years ago experts from Chester Zoo, along with an army of partner organisations and volunteers, embarked on an ambitious and groundbreaking release programme to help boost Cheshire's Harvest mouse population. Our speaker Penny spear-headed this epic effort which included extensive pre-release research and planning, breeding hundreds of individual mice and an
ongoing monitoring programme to measure success. Come along to hear Penny fill us in on all the details and discover how the population is faring now.

The talk will be followed by complimentary tea/coffee and homemade cake, with an opportunity to meet like-minded people.

 

(Photo above: Julian King)​​​​​​​​

Sunday 10th March

New Ferry Butterfly Park Workday with Wirral Countryside Volunteers
9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free volunteering event. Come for the whole day or join in and leave when you want to. There will be a variety of tasks on each workday, such as scything, cutting back brambles, pruning trees and bushes, and pathway maintenance. 

 

Please bring lunch and stout footwear. Tools, training and tea provided.

Cycle and car parking available on reserve. Good public transport links available.

Map of location.

Contact: Paul Loughnane by email or telephone 0151 645 8937.

Friday 12th April
Talk: 'Curlews in the Landscape'

7.30pm
Thornton Hough W.I. Hall, Thornton Hough, CH63 1JL

A talk by Andrew Brockbank.

Admission £5.

The talk will be followed by complimentary tea/coffee and homemade cake, with an opportunity to meet like-minded people.​​​​​​​​

Sunday 14th April

New Ferry Butterfly Park Workday with Wirral Countryside Volunteers
9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free volunteering event. Come for the whole day or join in and leave when you want to. There will be a variety of tasks on each workday, such as scything, cutting back brambles, pruning trees and bushes, and pathway maintenance. 

 

Please bring lunch and stout footwear. Tools, training and tea provided.

Cycle and car parking available on reserve. Good public transport links available.

Map of location.

Contact: Paul Loughnane by email or telephone 0151 645 8937.

Sunday 5th May

New Ferry Butterfly Park Open Day
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The opening of the 2024 season! Lots to see and do for all the family: art trail, art and craft tables, spider identification, nature walk, tombola, plant sale, cake sale, BBQ.


Entry to the event is free but donations are very welcome.


No parking at the park during the Open Day, except disabled access. Plenty of parking is available in the local area. There are good public transport links as the Butterfly Park is next to Bebington train station. Map of location.

Friday 13th September
Talk: 'Hilbre Bird Observatory and the Birds of Wirral'

7.30pm
Thornton Hough W.I. Hall, Thornton Hough, CH63 1JL

A talk by John Elliott.

Admission £5.

John Elliott is a member of the Hilbre Bird Observatory and the Merseyside Ringing Group. He has extensive experience of ringing birds on Hilbre, around the UK and, thanks to his daughter’s move to the Antipodes, in Western Australia as well.

 

His talk will look at the birds from a Wirral perspective, both geographically and historically. He is an enthusiast for ringing demonstrations and as well as at Hilbre he can be found at Ness Gardens providing public ringing demonstrations as part of the visitor experience there.

The talk will be followed by complimentary tea/coffee and homemade cake, with an opportunity to meet like-minded people.​​​​​​​​

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TALK: 'THE HARVEST MOUSE: AN EXPERIMENTAL RELEASE SCHEME'

Friday 8th March, 7.30pmThornton Hough W.I. Hall

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