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Bromborough 18th February 2017

An upsetting discovery when I headed out into the garden in the dawn gloom to top up the bird food. A Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus was lying dead in the metal seed tray. Although mainly nocturnal I’ve watched a pair … Continue reading

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MNA Coach Trip Shropshire Meres 22nd January 2017

A misty, damp and cold day greeted the first MNA coach trip of 2017 at our favourite winter site – The Mere at Ellesmere, Shropshire. On the small wooded island a Grey Heron was already sittting on one of the … Continue reading

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First Coach Trip 2017

If you are planning to join us on our first Coach Trip of 2017 on Sun 22 Jan Shropshire Meres where we hope to see plenty of Winter wildfowl and woodland birds. PLEASE BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!!!  With Coach Secretary Seema … Continue reading

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Eric Hardy Memorial Prize Winner

James Hill (centre) pictured with Dr Gina Hannon (left) and Prof Rob Marrs (right) James Hill of the School Of Environmental Sciences, Liverpool University has been awarded the Eric Hardy Memorial Prize this year for his thesis ‘Continuity and disturbance … Continue reading

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MNA Coach Trip Leighton Moss RSPB 13th November 2016

An exceedingly memorable conclusion to our coach trip programme for 2016. We visited one of our favourite RSPB Reserves at Leighton Moss and members were rewarded by some fantastic sightings. ChrisB and I quickly headed off the coach and through … Continue reading

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Cilcain, Wales 8th October 2016

Richard Surman, Ron Crossley, DaveB and I headed over to Cilcain near Loggerheads in Wales for an Autumnal walk around our usual circuit. Walking up the lane there were a few plants still in flower – Nipplewort Lapsana communis and … Continue reading

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MNA Coach Trip Malltraeth, Anglesey 17th September 2016

It was back in September 2007 that the MNA last visited Malltraeth, a small village on the south-west coast of Anglesey In 1947 renowned wildlife illustrator Charles Tunnicliffe moved home from England to Malltraeth, his studio ‘Shorelands’ overlooking the Cefni … Continue reading

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Heritage On The Dock

Join Lancashire Wildlife Trust to take a closer look at life under the sea in the waters of Albert Dock. Have a go at plankton fishing, investigate your catch under the microscope, and learn about the vast array of marine … Continue reading

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Dibbinsdale 26th August 2016

Meadow Grasshopper Spent a bit of time this morning in Bodens Hay Meadow patiently trying to photograph the Meadow Grasshoppers Chorthippus parallelus and a few Bumblebees and Solitary Bees that were enjoying the remaining Wildflowers such as Common Knapweed Centaurea nigra … Continue reading

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North Wales 6th / 7th August 2016

West Shore Llandudno looking towards Great Orme I was over in North Wales for the weekend for a double birthday bash. Managed to have a couple of walks the first was along the beach and coastal path running from West Shore … Continue reading

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