Frodsham Marsh Fieldtrip - Sunday 11 September 2016

This is our first fieldtrip of the new season. We are meeting at Doctors Nook car park (WN7 1EQ) at 08:00 hours for a departure no later than 08:15. We'll be parking on the road bridge over M56, off Marsh Lane Frodsham (WA6 7BJ). The road seems to change its name to Brook Furlong just before the bridge. If you are going straight to Frodsham, please be there for 09:00 hours.

We will be met by "Mr Frodsham Marsh" himself, Mr Bill Morton whom has been frequenting the marsh since he was a young lad. At 09:15 we will be setting off onto the marsh and we'll be there until 15:00-15:30 depending on what's on and around the area.

There is a Facebook group called 'The Birds Of Frodsham Marsh' and they also have an excellent website called 'The Frodsham Bird Blog' for details of habitat and what we're likely to see. This will keep you up to date with happenings during the week.

I would suggest good footwear, suncream, insect repellent and also to be prepared for whatever the elements throw at us, although at the minute the forecast is 18C and fair.

Bill comes at a cost, so there will be a nominal charge on this trip. I will try to remember to post on here later in the week, as its down to numbers - hope you understand.

Any questions please dont hesitate to ask on here or call me on 07930948392.

See you Sunday
Steve Scrimgeour

LOS Pennington Flash Volunteers Second Work Session

Many thanks again to the troops for a successful morning's work at the Bunting Hide in Pennington Flash.

Joan Disley, Catherine Gallimore, Charlie Owen, Dave Wilson, David Shallcross, Graeme Robertson, Alan Prescott, Mike Longden, Shaun Murphy, Graham Blackburn, George Pike, Peter Logan and Jeff Hurst.

In our efforts to conserve the vast amount of bird food that is used each year, we built a willow barrier on the top of the right hand ditch to stop swans coming in - sorry swans, but the food isn't for you as you clear all the tables in a few minutes.

We also completed the wire fence work to stop dogs from entering the feeding station and carried out some freshen up painting of the inside of the hide.

More work is planned later for this hide and the next work day will be announced soon. If you'd like to join the L.O.S. Pennington Flash Volunteer Group, please contact David Shallcross -

Thank you all.
David Shallcross 

The 2016-2017 Season Kicks Off

The L.O.S. 2016-17 programme of indoor meetings with illustrated presentations by experienced birders, conservationists and wildlife photographers will be kicking off on Friday 2nd September with a talk entitled 'The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail' by local favourite and L.O.S. member Dennis Atherton. 

The full programme with descriptions is available on this website here:

L.O.S. Pennington Flash Volunteers Start Work

Although good weather arrived for our first day as volunteers at Pennington Flash, the previous few days had been very wet and most of the paths and hides were under water. Therefore we weren’t able to do any work on the feeding station bird tables and perches, as the water had almost reached the table tops.

So what we did was to:
  • brush and clean down the inside of the Bunting hide and wash and disinfect the seating and shelves with Jeyes Fluid
  • carry out fence repairs and renewals to the Bunting Hide approach
  • mend the gate latch
  • cut down overhanging tree branches and did some thinning out in the surrounding woodland.
  • litter pick around the site concentring on the area around the lagoon on Ramsdale’s Ruck

Many thanks to 19 of the group who could make it today, and to Mr Graham Workman Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles / Development Manager - Biodiversity, for his advice on habitat maintenance and the provision of equipment. 

Thanks also to Jeff the “park ranger” for his cooperation today and to Michael Fishwick, Greenspace Development Officer. for supplying equipment and wire fencing.

Thanks to everyone who turned up to help on the day including Eddie King, Dennis Price and Tony Bishop who aren't shown on the photo above.

The next session will be on Saturday 3rd September from 8am until 11am - bringing your own tools isn't essential but is always useful.
David Shallcross

Bird Food and Feeder Sponsorship

The L.O.S. Pennington Flash Volunteers working at Bunting Hide next Tuesday (23/08/16) have kindly been sponsored by the following suppliers who have donated food or feeders for the project.