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Ormskirk Parks, 16th July 2017

There are more parks or wildlife areas in Ormskirk than we thought! If you turn left from the station doorway towards the car park, there’s an area called Station Approach, a 7 acre mixed woodland and wildflower meadow on the … Continue reading

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Port Sunlight and New Ferry Butterfly Park, 9th July 2017

We started with a quick look at the site of the explosion on Boundary Road in March this year, which injured 33 people and also destroyed a dance studio. The houses and shops around it are still fenced off and … Continue reading

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Calderstones Park, 2nd July 2017

We entered the park from Ballantrae Road, at the south-west entrance. Just inside were two multi-trunked trees that appeared to be dead. A few leaves remained on one, which showed they were some kind of Maple. One had a clump … Continue reading

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West Kirby, 25th June 2017

The trains to Wirral came back on this week, after several months of disruption while the track under the river was being replaced. We celebrated by going to West Kirby. Mercifully, it was a much cooler day, with light drizzle … Continue reading

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Crosby Parks, 18th June 2017

On the hottest day of the year we took refuge in the cool, shady tranquilly of Alexandra Park in Crosby. (The picture above is a 2009 autumn picture “borrowed” from Flickr.)  The park was opened in December 1902, just scraping … Continue reading

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Stanley Park, 11th June 2017

Stanley Park wasn’t quite at its best, with the massed Daffodils of the Field of Hope all gone, and  the formal beds yet to come into their peak flowering.  It was quite a grey day too, overcast and warm, but … Continue reading

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Kirkby, 28th May 2017

We went to Kirkby to follow up reports of nesting Peregrines on the church, but we had a good look at the trees in St Chad’s Gardens first. They have a fine young Deodar, a Laburnum arch that has just … Continue reading

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Freshfield, 14th May 2017

From Freshfield Station we walked down Victoria Road, entertained by a succession of Blackbirds who sang to us all the way along. In estate-agent-speak it is “one of the best roads in the north west”, meaning it is lined by … Continue reading

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Gorse Hill, 7th May 2017

Long Lane in Aughton has interesting and colourful gardens, with Rowan, Cherry, Lilac and Laburnum all in bloom and red Maples coming into leaf. Even the Sycamores are interesting, with many of them being the variety ‘Brilliantissimum’. The leaves open … Continue reading

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Hale, 30th April 2017

Hale village is a little bit of Old England, boasting over a dozen listed buildings, many of them 17th century thatched cottages.  Its most famous resident was John Middleton, 1578-1623, who was said to have been nine feet three inches … Continue reading

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