Monday 10 October 2016

Walney Wader Festival 5th & 6th November 2016

We are delighted to announce that there is to be a new wader festival in the UK this year!

 It will take place at South Walney Nature Reserve, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA14 3YQ 

5 November 2016 - 11:00am - 6 November 2016 - 4:00pm

Two days of wading bird observation, celebration and conservation.

Red Knot flying over a flock of Oystercatchers at Walney

Wader Quest has been invited to attend the Walney Wader Festival and naturally were delighted to accept as it is a really good place for us to spend Wader Conservation World Watch.

Organiser Hayden Hurst has sent us the following details:

·         “Walney Wader Festival” is on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November on South Walney Reserve, and will aim to increase public awareness about wading birds and their conservation. 
·         Saturday will be more family focused at South Walney, with activities for children in the office in addition to guided walks and bird watching throughout the reserve. However, to keep the more hard core birding enthusiasts occupied on Saturday we have a “Stranded on Foulney Island” event. This involves a guided walk to Foulney Island (across the channel from Walney) at low tide, and getting cut off, allowing the waders to come up the shore towards them with the tide.
·         Sunday will be aimed at keen wildlife enthusiasts/birders, and this is the day we will host guest speakers. So far confirmed are RSPB, North West Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NW-IFCA), Wader Quest and our own reserve warden, Sarah Dalrymple.
·         More info can be found on our What’s On Guide here:

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