2nd Wirral Wader Festival
OCTOBER 1st & 2nd 2016
Venue to be announced

Highlights of first
Wirral Wader Festival
14th - 15th November 2015

The main event took place at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston where it was hosted by the Wirral Council Rangers. There was plenty to see and do for all the family:

Wader Quest stand with Wader Quest Collectables and other merchandising and your chance to sign up as a Friend of Wader Quest.

Birdwatching Magazine stand, with the November 'Wader Special'.

Alan Davies and Ruth Miller of Birdwatching Trips with The Biggest Twitch
- Who did a wader watch on Thurstaston beach.

Live art demonstration by Robert Parkin 

Kids' painting competition 

- winning entries on both days (prizes to be announced) were displayed at the North-west Birdwatching Festival at Martin Mere.

Shore Cottage art events 
- Saturday: Design and make a Wading Bird Scarf
- Sunday: Drop in and Create a Laser Cut Wading Bird Greetings Card 

Second-hand wildlife book sale
- Ken Mullins Books
- Garrick Books

RSPB Optics and Cheshire Wildlife Trust merchandising for sale

Wader exhibit - from the Liverpool Museum and the British Natural History Museum, London.

Talks given:
- The Biggest Twitch - Alan Davies and Ruth Miller (Saturday)
- Wader Quest - Rick and Elis Simpson (Saturday)
- AMC Ecological - Allan Conlin's workshop on wader identification 
- RSPB - Scott Reid on digiscoping (Sunday)
- Liverpool University - David Clare on wader food in the mud.(Sunday)

Bird watching at low tide - with the Biggest Twitch team.

Creatures in the mud - examining the creatures that live within the mud flats.

Raffle - a great variety of prizes were won; all proceeds went to wader conservation.

Films showing all day in the theatre (when talks are not taking place).
West Kirby / Cheshire Wildlife Trust Red Rocks Reserve

High tide bird watch
- There was a chance to join the Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens and Cheshire Wildlife Trust as they protect wader flocks on the beach and have the opportunity to get a close look at the birds through telescopes. 

There was a Live webcam from the wader roost on Little Eye Island in the Wirral Sailing School car park, Dee Lane.

There was a Wildlife walk at Red Rocks with Cheshire Wildlife Trust 

At New Brighton  - led by the RSPB, Wirral Rangers and Cheshire Wildlife Trust that included the pontoons on the Marine Lake

At Hoylake Promenade there was a High tide bird watch with the RSPB and Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens. Several species of wader were seen here and visitors had a chance to brush up on their identification skills with a workshop by Allan Conlin a local wader expert. 

RSPB Parkgate Dusk birdwatch - Old Baths Car Park 
- With Hen Harriers showing both evenings.

A flock of waders at Hoylake. Photo: Lynne Greenstreet
Waders roosting at New Brighton Marina. Purple Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones and a single Sanderling.

The Wirral Wader Festival is part of the 
Wader Conservation November initiative

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