Bird Watching

Convenor: Gwyn Davies
To contact Gwyn, please email salfordu3a@gmail.com marking the subject line of your email ‘FAO: Gwyn Davies’.

Venue and day/time: This is an enthusiastic group which meets at 10am on alternate Thursdays in the car park at the back of St Mark’s Church in Worsley, travelling to venues usually decided by members.

The accent in the winter months is on sites nearer to home and possibly with a place to get a midday meal.

Members almost always use their own transport, with car sharing to accommodate those without a car, and may bring a packed lunch.

Birdwatching group
At Woolston Eyes, October 2021


A selection of bird photos taken by the group is available in the gallery.

Then a few paces further on we managed to find a small flotilla of Tufted Duck whilst a party of Long-Tailed Tit demanded our attention be drawn in their direction and after acquiescing to their demands, they gracefully flew across a gap to give us a brief view before the next set of trees took them into cover.

Dave Steel, October 2021


To read the full and entertaining account of our trip to Woolston Eyes in October 2021 by ranger David Steel, please view his report.

2022/23 programme

DateLeaderDestination
13 Jan
2022
GwynWorsley Woods or Tockholes
27 JanGuyMartin Mere. WWT members bring cards; lunch available in café or bring packed lunch.
10 FebGwynMere Sands Wood, Rufford
24 FebDoreenSankey Valley Cancelled due to adverse weather conditions
10 MarShirleyYarrow Valley Country Park
24 MarDoreenSankey Valley
7 AprGwynPennington Flash
21 AprGwynMarshside Nature Reserve, Southport
5 MayGwynChat Moss. Read David Steel’s report.
19 MayGwynRixton Clay pits, Warrington
16 JunGwynWoolston Eyes, Warrington
30 JunShirleyMarbury Country Park, Budworth, Cheshire
14 JulGwynRSPB Burton Mere, Neston, Wirral
22 SepPlanning meeting
6 OctGwynWoolston Eyes, Warrington
20 OctGwynSankey Valley Park, near Warrington
3 NovGwynPennington Flash, Leigh
17 NovGwynWigan Flashes
1 DecGwynEtherow Country Park, Cheshire
15 DecGwynTockholes, near Blackburn
2023
12 Jantba
26 JanMartin Mere. WWT members bring cards; lunch available in café or bring packed lunch.
9 FebSale Water Park
23 FebMere Sands Wood, Rufford
9 Mar
Dunham Massey, Altrincham; NT members bring cards
23 MarChat Moss
6 AprMarshside, Southport
20 AprYarrow Valley Country Park, Chorley
4 MayThurstaston, Wirral
18 MayLunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Liverpool
1 JunRSPB Fairhaven Lake, Lytham
15 JunElton Reservoir, Bury
29 Jun Bolton Abbey, near Skipton

2021 programme

The group are interested in all types of wildlife, not just birds! This fox was caught on camera by Gwyn at Woolston Eyes, June 2022.

You may also be interested in:

The u3a subject advice page for birdwatching contains useful information and several interesting links including The RSPB.