Saturday, 24 September 2016

Wirral Wader Festival

It's all go at this time of year for us at Wader Quest and also for the waders of course that find themselves in the midst of their strenuous migration.

Starting with the August British Bird Fair, through the Falsterbo Bird Show, Shorebirds Day, Spurn Migration Festival, the International Wader Study Group Conference and Plover Appreciation Day with the SOC Conference in Pitlochry coming up this weekend and then the Wirral Wader Festival on the 1st and 2nd of October still to come, not to mention Wader Conservation World Watch in November it feels like there is time to draw breath before the next event comes along for wader lovers.

Some of these Wader Quest events we haven't been able to partake in this year for various reasons, the Wader Quest stand at the Spurn 'migfest' was manned by volunteer and Trustee Andrew Whitelee with the help of fellow Trustee Oliver Simms and Andrew is also representing us, with Penny Insole, in Scotland.

So our next big event is the Wirral Wader Festival which promises to be bigger and better than last year and, as far as the weather is concerned, it could hardly be worse than last time with storms Abigail an Barney gatecrashing the event, so we are expecting to have a much improved weekend all round.

Thurstaston Country Park visitor centre

The venue is the same at Thurstaston Country Park visitor centre, but this year we will have more space for people to walk around and see everything that is on display. As last year there will be a static display from the Liverpool Museum of mounted wader specimens and the very popular 'creatures in the mud' exhibit which will give you an insight into what waders feed on when they are poking about in the ooze. 

The 'creatures in the mud' exhibit will fascinate you.

We are fortunate to have Ruth Miller and Alan Davies attending again this year and they hope to lead a low tide wader walk from Thurstaston and of course will be giving a talk.
Ruth Miller at the Birdwatching Trips with the Biggest twitch stand

There will be second hand book for sale again and there will be stands housing the conservation bodies such as the RSPB, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Dee Estuary Volunteer Wardens, BTO and of course Wader Quest.

Plenty of second hand books for sale.

For the children there will be a painting competition again this year and the nearby Shore Cottage Studio, a family-run art centre located at the foot of Thurstaston cliffs, is also offering drop-in sessions that give families the chance to get creative.

Some of last year's winning entires.

There will be high tide watches to marvel at the Red Knot and Dunlin roosts on Hoylake beach and at Cheshire Wildlife Trust's Red Rocks nature reserve.  At West Kirby there will be live footage beamed direct from Little Eye, showing off the Eurasian Oystercatchers and Eurasian Curlews up close. Cheshire Wildlife Trust will be holding guided walks around the Red Rocks SSSI nature reserve and Wirral Rangers will be guiding a walk to Hilbre Island.

Dunlin, Sanderling, Red Knot and Grey plover on the Wirral. Photo: Ron Thomas

There will be a static display at Leasowe lighthouse where tours of the fascinating historic building can be arranged.

So, for a fun packed day, come along tot he Wirral Wader Festival, learn more about waders and their conservation and be inspired by them.

More information about Wirral Wader Festival

Friday, 23 September 2016

Wader Quest at SOC conference and the Norfolk Bird Race on Tour; Aberdeen to Cley - on a bike!

This weekend is the Scottish Ornithological Club conference at Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry. Wader Quest will be represented there by Andrew Whitelee, of Norfolk Bird Race fame, and volunteer Penny Insole, so if you are going to that event, please pop by the stand and say hello and find out more about Wader Quest from them. While there you might like to join as a Friend of Wader Quest (from only £5.00 a year!), buy some of our wonderful merchandising (pin badges, earrings, fridge magnets etc.) and if not, simply make a donation to support wader conservation, Scotland is after all an important place for many of our waders that breed there.

Penny and Andrew
The theme this year has a distinctly marine feel to it and it is certain that without a healthy marine environment, many of our beloved waders would struggle to survive, so go along and support the event if you can.

After the conference Andrew will be taking a break in North Ronaldsay,(lucky him) and then in October he will demonstrate that he has completely lost the plot by cycling from Aberdeen to Cley! 

Andrew's trusty steed
This is a fund raising venture in support of both Wader Quest and The Bird Observatories Council neatly linking this year's Norfolk Bird Race and next year's.

Obviously we are keen for him to reach his target of £1,000 as it will directly benefit Wader Quest but we also suggest that the Bird Observatories Council is a very important organisation to support as it works to protect and study migrating birds, including of course waders, that face such uncertain times ahead in this changing world.


The proposed cycle route is as follows:

8th Aberdeen
9th/ 10th Montrose Basin
12th Musselburgh
13th North Berwick 
15th Druridge Bay
17th Filey and Flamborough Bird Obs
18th North Cave
19th/20th Spurn Bird Obs
21st Alkborough Flats
23rd Theddlethorpe
25th Gibraltar Point Bird Obs
26th Frieston and Frampton
27th Snettisham
28th Holme Bird Obs
28th Titchwell
29th Cley 

If you will be nearby or wish to join Andrew on any of these legs, then get in touch with him direct by email;

Your support will be much appreciated, give whatever you can. 
Andrew has not gone for a cushy option to support these good causes, he is going to suffer, so please make it all worthwhile for him.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

New signed Lars Jonsson Posters available from Wader Quest

Calling all Lars Jonsson fans! 

We have a limited supply of this year's Lar Jonsson Museum posters which were signed for us by Lars at the Falsterbo Bird Show in Sweden. 

A must for all gull afficionados
70 x 100 cm. Price: £18.00 + p&p

Lars signing YOUR poster!
We also have a number of last year's posters in a smaller 70 x 50 cm format

WINTER BIRDS (updated) 
Price: £15.00 + p&p

Price £15.00 + p&p

Hurry while stocks last we only have a limited supply.
email: with your order