• Nature Notes – August 2019

    Another wicked month of unpredictable weather that meant that sightings were low throughout. A highpoint early on was the public walk on the 5th that saw 25 folk pootle along and contribute to an end list of 90 species in just over 2 hours showing what an array of wildlife can be found just on your doorstep. Butterflies […]

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  • Nature Notes – July 2019

    During the early part of the month I was on my travels but on the 9th, when I returned, I had a brief wander around the orchard in the pouring rain and saw a lone Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) defy the elements. Rosebay Willowherb (Chamaenerion angustifolium) was vying for attention and offering up many glorious spires of purple/pink […]

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  • Nature Notes – June 2019

    Area surveyed – Sidings Orchard, grassland up to the old railway bridge and the adjacent dipping pond. June was a testing month, the rain just wouldn’t abate and the chances to see anything of note were limited. Kingfisher (Alcedo athis) was still seen several times along the River Mersey and on the 9th, the rain […]

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  • Nature Notes – May 2019

    Area surveyed – Sidings Orchard, grassland up to the old railway bridge and the adjacent dipping pond. On the 2nd Bird’s Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus); Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) and Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) pushed out their first flowers and added a nice splash of colour and it was highly gratifying to see 9 Hairy […]

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  • Summer Scything Events @ Mersey Vale Nature Park

    Here’s your chance to have a go at the old art of scything and help maintain areas of species-rich grassland at Mersey Vale Nature Park (MVNP) which are a vital source of habitat and food for wildlife. We are delighted that Adam from Cheshire Wildlife Trust is returning this year to lead the MVNP scything […]

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  • Dawn Chorus On Your Doorstep

    It’s amazing what you can see and hear in your local area if you are prepared to get up that little bit earlier. The guided walk (Sunday 8th May 2016) by Adam Machin from Cheshire Wildlife Trust, in conjunction with HMVCG, revealed no less than thirty different bird species in Mersey Vale Nature Park.  Adam […]

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  • Winter Wavers

    With the good old Jet Stream bouncing up and down the Lines of Latitude like a yo-yo, the ages-old tussle between the forces of Winter and Spring is still very much in-train. It would be the height of folly to hope that no more cold snaps will occur before the faint zephyrs of Spring take […]

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  • Walk The Main Line to Mersey Vale

    A wildlife-rich stroll along old railways to the riverside path back to base Walk is about 1¾ miles, largely on tarred or compacted-surface paths and tracks and mostly level. Wear stout shoes or trainers. Not suitable for wheelchairs due to a few narrow and rough stretches of path and one set of steps. Buggies should […]

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  • Local people pull together

    Last Sunday, encouraged by the vast improvement made to the Sidings Orchard the weekend before (see previous post), the volunteers came back to finish the job. Even better, more people joined us and like a well oiled machine, the team quickly got to work.  With some people raking up cuttings and others carrying them to […]

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  • The Sidings Orchard Re-emerges

    This Sunday proved to be another fruitful day for our wonderful volunteers!  The fruit trees planted at this community orchard in the last decade were being swamped by scrub. But now, after a full morning of work (check out our photo-story below), they can prosper and the area be enjoyed by visitors to the Mersey […]

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