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Parkgate and the Wirral Way, 8th March 2020

In suburban gardens the Forsythia and Quince are flowering and the Magnolia buds are just bursting. It was a sunny spring-like day, but with ominous clouds over Parkgate. In the pools on the marsh were Mallard, Black-headed Gulls, Canada Geese, … Continue reading

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Leeds-Liverpool canal, Bootle to Litherland, 1st March 2020

Yet another named storm – Storm Jorge – but the day was at least sunny even if it was cold and windy. We decided to walk northwards along the canal, with the wind and sun behind us. We would be … Continue reading

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Birkenhead Park, 23rd February 2020

Hallelujah! A day when it wasn’t raining! The sun even came out, although the wind was still chilly. The open fields in the park had unintended ponds, rainwater streamed off the banks in gurgling brooks and the ground was squelchy … Continue reading

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Sudley House, 16th February 2020

Even though we were in the middle of Storm Dennis, it was dry and mild, if a bit gusty. We got off the bus near the Liverpool Thorn Collection, a set of rare trees planted on the central reservation between … Continue reading

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Liverpool Museum, 9th February 2020

It was the day of Storm Ciara, with high winds, gusty rain showers and weather warnings. It was too risky to go anywhere near a park, where there might be falling trees, and we didn’t fancy dodging high waves on  … Continue reading

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Eastham Woods, 2nd February 2020

It turned out to be a lovely mild, sunny day, feeling like spring. Eastham Woods are mostly Beech and Sweet Chestnut, and the thick carpet of spiky husks showed that the Sweet Chestnuts had had an excellent year in 2019. … Continue reading

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Crosby Coastal Park, 26th January 2020

It was a grey and overcast morning, with rain threatened for later. We walked down from South Road, Waterloo, on a bit of a twitch, looking for a rare Long-tailed Duck. At the south-east end of the boating lake were … Continue reading

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Sefton Park, 19th January 2020

On our first Sunday walk of the new decade we were looking for signs of spring. It was a misty and frosty morning, not looking promising. However, both Blackbirds and Robins were singing from hedges as I walked to the … Continue reading

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Leasowe, 8th December 2019

Leasowe is on the north coast of the Wirral, a known area for birds, and even the Merseyrail station signs tell people what to look for. It was a very blowy day, but there is a very high bank there, … Continue reading

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Chester, 1st December 2019

It was a brilliant sunny day, but frosty underfoot. From Chester station we walked down City Road and Dee Lane to Grosvenor Park.  A Blackbird and a Wood Pigeon were making short work of a large crop of Holly berries. … Continue reading

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