Ellesmere Port National Waterways Museum – Cheshire “Count me in!” celebration.

We met at Central Station at 10am for the 10.15 train. Changed to a Rail Replacement bus at Rock Ferry, which didn’t get us to Ellesmere Port until 20 to 12, and we were at the Museum just before 12. We booked for Jeff Clarke’s talk at 1pm followed by his guided walk. After lunch outside in the chilly sunshine we went up to the exhibition room and met Dave Hardy and David Bryant, who had been manning the MNA’s table all morning.
Jeff Clarke’s presentation was most entertaining, then we went with him to the rough grassland outside where he demonstrated the use of sweep nets and “beating the bushes” for catching invertebrates. The haul was various spiders, snails, caterpillars, a harvestman, a shield bug and several ladybirds: a harlequin, a 2-spot, a 7-spot, a 10-spot, an 11-spot and three 22-spot.
We caught the 2.45 Rail Replacement bus, the train from Rock Ferry and we were back in Liverpool before 4pm.

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