Events

Wigan RSPB Local Group welcomes new members and non-members at all events.

Each month from September to March there is an Indoor Meeting at which a nationally or regionally recognised speaker presents an illustrated talk on a topic of interest to those enthusiastic about wildlife issues. The talks are entertaining and informative and the quality of the photography is stunning.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available at the interval and this presents new members and visitors with an excellent opportunity to meet existing members of the Group and to find out more about outdoor activities. The indoor meeting generally takes place on the second Tuesday of the month. In December, with Christmas falling in the third week, we move the meeting to the first Tuesday of December.

About 30 outdoor trips to bird sites are organised each year. Travel is by car with petrol costs shared where lifts are given. Most sites have free admission but some are dependent on membership and non-members may have to pay. Events are very seldom cancelled but it is always necessary for new members or non-members to phone the leader in advance to check details – a phone number is given for every outdoor event. The Wednesday walk normally follows the Tuesday indoor meeting. The destination is normally decided at that meeting after a discussion of where might be of most interest. The Saturday long walk destinations will be published for the year and are often dependent on the times of high tide, to get the best chance of good views of coastal birds. The Saturday short walk will normally be on the Saturday following the Wednesday walk unless this clashes with the long walk. The calendar of walks and destinations is generally published in time for the September walks when the indoor meetings recommence.

May 2022

Tue10

Evening Walk Followed by a Pub Meal

Location: The Charnley Arms, Almond brook Road, Standish.

Park and meet in the pub car park at 6.30pm and be back at the pub at about 8.00pm. Pub Food and Drinks if members want. Contact David Johnson 01257 473009 for more information. Not necessary to book but it would be useful if you could inform David if you are attending so he can let the pub know approximately how many to expect.

NOTE: Anyone who cannot walk or cannot be there for 6.30pm would be welcome to join us at 8.00pm for the get-together.

A walk of about one and a half hours followed by a social “get-together” in a pub.

Time: 6.30pm

Price: Free to join the walk. Pay for food and drinks on the night.

Telephone: 01257 473009

Wed11

Wednesday Full Day Birdwatching

Location: Venue, not more than an hour’s drive, will be decided a few days before the event in the light of the latest bird reports – Meet at St Marie’s car park, School Lane Standish at 9,15 am. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car. Please phone Duncan Turner 01257 400139 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 9.15 am

Price: Free. There may be parking charges and admission charges to reserves for non-members

Sat14

Saturday Morning 2 – 3 hours Bird Watching Visit

Location: Three Sisters Nature Reserve Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan WN4 8DD Meet at the main car park
Postcode: WN4 8DD (Google map)

Guided walk at a local Bird Site. No experience of bird watching is required because some of our more experienced members will be there to help with identification for those who want it. We will not necessarily be searching for rare birds just enjoying the regular ones that are found at the venue. The walk will cover a short distance on reasonably level ground and should suit those who do not want to spend the whole day birdwatching. Families with children will be most welcome but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

As with all Wigan Local Group events we ask you not to bring dogs because even the best behaved can disturb wildlife.

New members and non-members are always welcome at all Wigan RSPB events. Please make yourself known to the leader either by phone in advance or at the event. Leaders Duncan and Vikki Turner 01257 400139

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01257 400139

Sat21

Saturday Full Day Bird Watching Visit

Location: Langden Castle. Meet at Turner Street Wigan.

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car. Please phone Kathy Jones 01695 624860 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 8.00am

Price: Free. There may be parking charges and admission charges to reserves for non-members

Booking essential

Telephone: 01695 624860

June 2022

Sat11

Saturday Morning 2 – 3 hours Bird Watching Visit

Location: Pennington Flash Country Park, Leigh WN7 3UG Meet at the main Car Park, PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A CHARGE FOR PARKING AND ENFORCEMENT IS STRICT

Guided walk at a local Bird Site. No experience of bird watching is required because some of our more experienced members will be there to help with identification for those who want it. We will not necessarily be searching for rare birds just enjoying the regular ones that are found at the venue. The walk will cover a short distance on reasonably level ground and should suit those who do not want to spend the whole day birdwatching. Families with children will be most welcome but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

As with all Wigan Local Group events we ask you not to bring dogs because even the best behaved can disturb wildlife.

New members and non-members are always welcome at all Wigan RSPB events. Please make yourself known to the leader either by phone in advance or at the event. Leaders Duncan and Vikki Turner 01257 400139

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free but parking charge,

Telephone: 01257 400139

Wed15

Wednesday Full Day Birdwatching

Location: Venue, not more than an hour’s drive, will be decided a few days before the event in the light of the latest bird reports – Meet at St Marie’s car park, School Lane Standish at 9,15 am. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car. Please phone Duncan Turner 01257 400139 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 9.15 am

Price: Free. There may be parking charges and admission charges to reserves for non-members

July 2022

Sat2

This event has been cancelled due to the steep rise in the cost of admission to Bolton Abbey.

Sat9

Rotary Community Day – Wigan Town Centre

Location: The Community Day is centred around Market Place and Standishgate in Wigan town centre.

Fun for all the family, information about birds in your garden and elsewhere is to be found at the Wigan RSPB stand at the Community Day event in Wigan Town Centre. The event runs all day. Contact David Johnson 01257 473009 for more information about the RSPB stand.

The RSPB stand will be just one of many, for more information about the Community Day visit wiganrotaryclub.org.uk

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free admission to the whole event

Wed13

Wednesday Full Day Birdwatching

Location: Venue, not more than an hour’s drive, will be decided a few days before the event in the light of the latest bird reports – Meet at St Marie’s car park, School Lane Standish at 9,15 am. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car. Please phone Duncan Turner 01257 400139 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 9.15 am

Price: Free. There may be parking charges and admission charges to reserves for non-members

Sat16

Saturday Full Day Bird Watching Visit

Location: RSPB St. Aiden’s, Leeds, Meet Turner Street Wigan.

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car. Please phone Doreen Marriott 01942 712766 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: Free. There may be parking and admission charges to reserves for non-members

Booking essential

Telephone: 01942 712766

August 2022

Wed10

Wednesday Full Day Birdwatching

Location: Venue, not more than an hour’s drive, will be decided a few days before the event in the light of the latest bird reports – Meet at St Marie’s car park, School Lane Standish at 9,15 am. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car. Please phone Duncan Turner 01257 400139 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 9.15 am

Price: Free. There may be parking charges and admission charges to reserves for non-members

Booking essential

Telephone: 01257 400139

Sat20

Saturday Full Day Bird Watching Visit

Location: RSPB Leighton Moss. Meet at the main car park

An opportunity to visit bird sites with an experienced member of the Wigan Local Group who will help with finding and identifying the birds. No experience required. Use your own car. Please phone Allan Rimmer 01942 241402 for more information. Non-members always most welcome at all our events.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free. There may be parking charges and admission charges to reserves for non-members

Booking essential

Telephone: 01942 241402