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The marsh is an area of sludge-beds from the River Weaver attracting an excellent range of both breeding and wintering birds, with a fair selection of rarities. Here too the embankments afford good views of the massed ranks of waders and duck on the Mersey estuary.
This RSPB reserve is famous for it's high tide bird-watches at Parkgate when hundreds of birders can turn up. They come to see the wheeling massed flocks of waders, pintail, wigeon and teal as well as short-eared owls and hen harrier.
Great Budworth Mere and Marbury Country ParkWebsite
An attractive area of mixed wetland and woodland set between the village of Budworth and the river Weaver, with the Trent and Mersey Canal winding it's way through the middle. Great Crested Grebes breed on the mere and the woods and marshy areas attract can attract a good selection of species at any time of the year.
You can spend high tide on the island cut off by the sea then walk back at low water. Hilbre is a great place to observe the spring and autumn passage when both land and sea birds can be seen. Waders present during winter include Purple Sandpipers as well as the usual Oystercatchers, Dunlin and Knot...
An ancient forest which includes dark conifers, open moorland and reservoirs. Red Grouse and curlew breed on the moorland but sadly no more the Black Grouse.
The castle sits on a range sticking sharply up from the Cheshire plain. The hills have a range of habitat including rocky outcrops, birch-wood, pine forest, hardwood plantations and heath-land. Breeding birds include pied flycatcher and nightjar.
Number of bird species: 351
County Bird - Leach's Storm Petrel Oceanodrama leucorhoa
[because the Wirral coast (including Hilbre Island) is one of the best places in the country to see them - particularly in autumn].
Birds in Cheshire and Wirral - A Breeding and Wintering AtlasBy David Norman on behalf of CAWOS (Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society) | 704 pages, 300 colour illus. | Liverpool University Press | Hardcover | 2008 | £44.99
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Cheshire & Wirral Bird ReportsCheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society (2003). ?7.70 incl p&p from D.Cogger, 113 Nantwich Road, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9HD. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Back copies also available. Please enquire.
Hilbre - The Cheshire Island - Its History and Natural HistoryEdited by JD Craggs, 306 pages, 31 b/w photos, 163 figs, tabs. Liverpool University Press
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Where to Watch Birds in North West England & Isle of Manby Allan Conlin, Dr J P Cullen, Pete Marsh, Tristan Reid, Chris Sharpe, Judith Smith & Stephen Williams Christopher Helm Third Edition 2008
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Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological SocietyWebsite
David Cogger, 113 Nantwich Road, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9HD. 01606 832 517
The Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society. The county society that has so much to offer... Information on conservation issues and local bird studies... A nationally acclaimed annual Bird Report... An unrivalled quarterly newsletter: BIRD NEWS... Workshops, high tide and migration watches. A winter programme of monthly illustrated talks.
Cheshire Wildlife TrustWebsite
Cheshire Wildlife Trust's Homepage and Website. Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT) are the premier conservation organisation within the county of Cheshire and are a subsidiary body of the Wildlife Trusts, this being the central organisation underpinning each of the regional Trusts around the country...
Knutsford Ornithological SocietyWebsite
A well presented site. It all began in September 1972, a short article in the Knutsford Guardian announced a series of evening classes organised by the Workers Education Association devoted to the subject of Ornithology. The tutor was the late Bill Mulligan, despite his advancing years a man of boundless enthusiasm and energy who managed over the next two years to transfer some of his immense knowledge to his band of disciples. Eventually Bill declared that he`d done as much as he could and it was now up to us! So early in 1974 the inaugural meeting of the Society took place, a constitution was drawn up and the first committee elected. Bill of course became a life member and the organisations first President.
Merseyside Ringing GroupWebsite
The Merseyside Ringing Group operates in Merseyside, Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales.
Mid Cheshire Barn Owl Conservation GroupWebsite
The barn owl is in decline throughout Great Britain…
Mid-Cheshire Ornithological SocietyWebsite
MCOS is one of the longest established ornithological societies in Cheshire catering for all tastes in bird watching and all level of skill. This home page is the entry to more information about our varied programme of meetings, both indoor and outdoor, and the role we and our members play in the Cheshire birding...
North Cheshire Barn Owl GroupWebsite
I am interested in setting up a voluntary Barn Owl group for the North Cheshire Area, If you are interested would you Email me or fill in the on line form, at the moment I am collecting names and will arrange a meeting at a later date...
RSPB Chester GroupWebsite
The Chester RSPB Members Group was formed in 1987. The membership numbers around 350 people.
RSPB North Cheshire GroupWebsite
North Cheshire RSPB Group. Includes events and recent newsletters, and etc.
South Cheshire Barn Owl GroupWebsite
This group is working to save the barn owl in South Cheshire…
Wirral Barn Owl TrustWebsite
In 1999, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, the R.S.P.B. and Wirral Ranger Service got together and invited interested people to the inaugural meeting of The Wirral & Ellesmere Port Barn Owl Group. The group had an initial membership of 33 people...
Wirral Bird ClubWebsite
Wirral is the peninsula of land between the rivers Dee and Mersey in north west England. The area, particularly the Dee Estuary, is of national and international importance for thousands of birds in winter, species such as Redshank, Dunlin, Knot, Oystercatcher and Shelduck...
Witton Area Conservation Group
The Witton Area Conservation Group is made up of local birdwatchers and naturalists, between them they share a wealth of knowledge about the wildlife of the area. The group provide help and advice on wildlife management on the site and assist with the surveys and monitoring of the flora and fauna of the area.
Eastwood Nature ReserveWebsite
The reserve is open every Sunday to members of the R.S.P.B. and Cheshire Wildlife Trust as well as the general public from 10am to 4pm. Due to the sensitive nature of the site dogs and cycles are not allowed. Midweek there are usually working parties doing general maintainance and repairs. Eastwood has been owned by the R.S.P.B. since 1932 and is now managed by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
Hatton's Hey ReserveSatellite View
MCOS took out a lease on a stretch of the River Weaver near Kingsley in September 1986 and created the Society’s reserve called Hatton's Hey. The reserve covers 29 acres and includes a strip of woodland, drive scrub and extensive reed bed. A hide overlooks the open water lagoon. We have a very active nest box programme both on the reserve and in adjacent woodland. One of our members closely monitors nest box activity and a report is filed annually to the Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society records officer.
Moore Nature ReserveWebsite
Moore Nature Reserve is a 200-acre site in Warrington, north Cheshire. The reserve consists of five large lakes surrounded by extensive woodland, meadows and wetlands, made accessible by a network of paths and bird hides. Its many habitats provide a home for a variety of birds, mammals, insects, plants, amphibians and fungi. The reserve is open to the public at all times, 365 days a year...
Northwich Community WoodlandWebsite
Walk amongst dragons and kings! Explore the walks and trails around Marbury Country Park, Anderton Nature Park, Dairy House and Witton Mill Meadows, which together form Northwich Community Woodlands...
Red Rocks MarshInformation
Red Rocks Marsh is a nature reserve part of which maintained by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust. It is a 28 acre site of brackish marsh and sand dunes open to the public...
Woolston Eyes Bird ReserveWebsite
The Woolston Eyes Reserve is situated to the east of Warrington between the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal near Latchford Locks and the Thelwall Viaduct which carries the M6 Motorway over both the River and the Canal...
2001 [September] - Tina MacDonaldReport
After my husband Duncan and I spent a day recovering from our plane flight from Canada and resetting our internal clocks, we met up with Brian Roberts, a top-notch local birder, who we got in touch with thanks to the help of Richard Smith...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
North West BirdsMinibreaks
We have a passion for birds and we`d like to share it with you - by taking you birdwatching on the edge of the English Lake District. We run mini-breaks for very small groups with all in accommodation on a house party basis, with guests joining us at our home, Barn Close.
Chester Canalside HolidaysAccommodation
Luxury 4 star apartment with balcony set overlooking the Shropshire Union Canal in the City of Chester. Ensuite master bedroom, twin bedroom, 2nd bathroom, lounge with balcony and fully equipped kitchen. Private parking. Sleeps 4 guests. Wifi available. 5 minute walk to City Centre. Weekend breaks, midweek stays available as well as weekly holidays. Rates start from £250. Tel: (UK) 01244 312788
Here at the Lamb Inn we offer quality bed & breakfast at economy prices.
Peel Hey Country Guest HouseAccommodation
...we offer excellent B&b accommodation on the Wirral, close to West Kirby Hilbre Islands, Hoylake and The whole dee estuary...
A Tale of 2 HalvesBlog
Tales of travel and birds from Cheshire to Shetland and back, with a bit of other stuff in between…
Birding for Fun - Paul ShentonBlog
37 year old birder who just loves birding.I have been at it since the age of 10 but with a few years break due to beer and then my own nippers I dont have my own patch as I like to go where ever my mood takes me. Tittersworth Greenway Rudyard & Norh Staffs Moors are my most regular Staffordshire spots. While in Cheshire Frodsham and Sandbach Flashes are always top of my list I am playing around with digiscoping as it seems to have become very popular since my break from the birding world. Opticron with HDF 32x eyepiece and Samsung Nv100hd (as of 2011) are my choice (well actualy TSBs choice)...
Diaries of a Cheshire Wildlife Watcher – Mike MottramBlog
Hi my names Mike and I love to film and photograph wildlife of the uk. Heres abit of what I will be posting on this blog. I love to observe and film wildlife in my local area cheshire by using different ideas used by the pros and a few of my own ideas and inventions thrown in so I thought I would start a blog so I could share my wildlife encounters and storys with other nature lovers around the world…
News,views and info from myself and the ringing team that work Woolston Eyes No1 bed, Warrington,Cheshire, UK. Bird ringing usually takes place most weekends on the bed throughout the year. A wide variety of species ranging from Kingfisher to Goldcrest are ringed each year as part of the British Trust for Ornithology's (BTO)National Ringing Scheme...
Frodsham Marsh BirdBlogBlog
Bill Morton's Blog of the birds of Frodsham Marsh - Welcome to Frodsham Marsh Bird Blog! I have started this blog to highlight the birding life of one of Cheshires top avian spots. One particular feature I would like to include is, an article section which promotes birders recollections of their best days birding on the marsh...
General Ornithologists AssociationBlog
The General Ornithologists Association,GOA for short was formed on the 9th June 2007 at around 2pm(ish) at Burrafirth,Unst,Shetland... which must be hard to say with your tongue in your cheek!
Mike Fenney - Fen PhotographyBlog
Birding blog and my photo gallery…
Moore: A Patcher's TaleBlog
Birds & Birding at a Local Cheshire Spot - So, this is me... It said 'Description' in the box so here it is... About 5' 9". ~170lbs. Married. Old. 'Mad as a box of frogs', apparently. Loves his patch. Nuff Sed...
Paul D Shenton's Birding BlogBlog
A Chester birder's peregrinations near and far… The purpose of this blog is to provide regular updates of recent bird sightings and general musings on all things avian and beyond…
Phil Woollen - Wirral BirderBlog
Moved to the Wirral in 1983 and settled there after marrying in 1986. I've been birding since I was 7 or 8 - it was that long ago I can't remember! My formative years were spent in Suffolk and birds became a passion in my teens. I started twitching whilst still at school but began seriously whilst at University in the late 70's and early 80's.
Local Cheshire patch birder’s BLOG – with extraneous thoughts on footie. Beer etc…
Rambles with a CameraBlog
A blog of my rambles in the countyside - Welcome to my blog. I spend most of my leisure time walking in the countryside and only take photographs for memories although i do get real pleasure from some of my wildlife pictures…
Stephen Menzie - Menzie BirdingBlog
BLOG from a Liverpool birder...
Through a Glass DarklyBlog
This blog has two main purposes: to share digiscoped photos and videos of occasional birding in and around Merseyside and sometimes much further afield, and to provide useful info on local sites, especially Marshside, the RSPB reserve just north of Southport. This area is served by a number of good local bird blogs already, including John Dempsey’s Mersey Birdblog, probably the best online birding journal in the world, which together provide almost daily updates on local birding activities. We won’t be bothering to cover the same ground.
Bob Rigby Photographic Ltd (UK)Website
Bob Rigby Photographic Limited are Professional Photographic dealers based in Bollington, Cheshire, United Kingdom. We have been supplying the worlds finest photographic equipment to professional & amateur photographers, colleges, universities, police photographic departments, dental technicians and other professional bodies for over 24 years...
Breeding Bird Atlas of Cheshire and Wirral ProjectWebsite
Why are we doing this? The Breeding Bird Atlas of Cheshire and Wirral was published over 10 years ago (1992) based on fieldwork now 20 years old (1978-84). Nationally, those 20 years have seen perhaps the biggest changes ever in bird populations and distribution...
Cheshire Waterlife & Falconry CentreWebsite
For those who like such things... For the ultimate birds of prey experience visit our avaries, watch our displays and get hands on with our owls, eagles and hawks.
A site promoting birdwatching and recording within the Congleton area. The site also includes live weather conditions and a forecast together with details of Willow warblers...
Dee Estuary BirdingWebsite
The Dee Estuary, on the North Wales/North-West England border, is one of the United Kingdom`s premier birding locations for wetland and shore birds. This Web site describes the best Dee Estuary birdwatching areas with detailed maps and latest bird news for dedicated twitchers and casual birdwatchers alike.
Birders Diaries, Bird news Bird sites, Weather and Travel, Photo Gallery, Gulls Page, Quick Reference, Bird Lists, articles...
Moore: A Patcher's TaleWebsite
So, this is me... It said 'Description' in the box so here it is... About 5' 9". ~170lbs. Married. Old. 'Mad as a box of frogs', apparently. Loves his patch. Nuff Sed...
Nature Sign DesignWebsite
Nature sign maker and photographer
Red Barn Wild Bird ProductsWebsite
Red Barn Wild Bird Products have been established in the garden centre and retail trade for 35 years and in the wild bird food trade for 6 years, and our extensive experience has enabled us to build up an enviable reputation and a broad customer base. We supply wild bird foods to retail/ garden centres nation-wide and we are noted for our excellent service and success in customer satisfaction.
Tom McKinney's 2006 Birding DiaryWebsite
Welcome to Tom McKinney’s (that’s me) all new 2006 birding journal. There’s going to be some wacky, fun-filled, expletive-laden, crazy-a*s sh*t going down this year, such as a big birdspotting trip to Peru in the summer, so strap yourselves in and prepare for the ride… [From which you can see that this really funny and irreverent birding [mostly] diary is not for those easily offended; I love it - Fatbirder]
Artist - Chris ShieldsGallery
Chris has produced to date in excess of twenty thousand wildlife illustrations in over 300 books, numerous calendars, greeting cards, posters and jigsaw puzzles. He has exhibited his paintings widely in the UK and China and has paintings in public and private collections all over the world...
Photographer - Alan SaundersGallery
My name is Alan Saunders an aspiring professional wildlife photographer.I live in Stockport in the North West on the outskirts of some great wildlife country...
Photographer - Andy Astbury - Wildlife in PixelsGallery
Still & Video Images of the Natural World… the Website of Cheshire based nature photographer and cameraman Andy Astbury...
Photographer - Chris GalvinGallery
Some really excellent images from the UK and beyond...
Photographer - David CooksonGallery
Some really really good photos...
Photographer - Ken LewisGallery
Ken Lewis' life in nature photography began with a general fascination with the natural world. He was introduced to nature by his late father, and Ken fondly remembers, as a young child of six years old, walking to the far end of Lake Bala in North Wales. This is a memory which has stayed with Ken to this day, as he recalls, my father pointed out the enchanting call of the curlew and, at that moment in time, my direction in life was changed forever.
Photographer - Malc RichingsGallery
Bird And Wildlife Photography...
Photographer - Mike AtkinsonGallery
Collection of images covering both common and scarce British birds. Many images are displayed full-screen...
Photographer - Richard SteelGallery
Most of my photography is undertaken locally on Merseyside, the Wirral and in North Wales but I always like to try and take a camera with me when I travel anywhere, just in case the opportunity arises...
Photographer - Steven RoundGallery
Some very nice images from an improving photographer...
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