Woolston Eyes closure


In case you are planning an early morning or evening visit to the reserve, please see the following message which has been posted on the Woolston Eyes Conservation Group website:

"During the past week there have been several serious thefts of equipment and damage on No.3 bed. The police are investigating in a bid to identify the culprits. As a consequence WECG has decided to close No.3 bed from 20.00hrs to 08.00 hrs each night for the immediate future. This is being done with a second padlock which your standard key will not fit. We are urgently investigating ways to make both access to No.3 bed, our equipment and facilities more secure and would welcome any expert assistance in this field from experienced permit holders.

The Committee is sorry for any inconvenience that the restricted opening may cause but we are sure you will understand the reasons for it."

L.O.S. at Lilford Park Centenary Celebration Event

On Saturday 6 June Leigh Ornithological Society will be taking part in the Centenary Celebrations at Lilford Park in Leigh.  Lilford Park is an important green-space resource for the community in terms of wildlife and recreation and a lot of work has been done by the Friends of Lilford Park (FOLP) in recent years. There will be many stalls and attractions there as well as a small fair.


The L.O.S. will have a stall there all day manned by L.O.S. Committee members and from which we will giving out information about the Society and the work we do, as well as taking guided tours around Lilford Woods to see if we can find any birds there.

Our Young Birders' Team will be there with something for the younger visitors too including making a 'Bird ID Dial' and several quizzes. We'll also have a couple of Botany specialists with us for finding about about trees and wild flowers in the Woods.

We do hope you will come along from 9am onwards and have a chat with us and perhaps put a few faces to names that you have seen on our website and Facebook pages.  See you there!

For more information visit the Friends of Lilford Park websites here:




L.O.S. Young Birders' Club Visit to St. George's Primary School

The L.O.S. Young Birders' Club team had an absolutely fabulous morning today at St. George's Primary School in Tyldesley. The Year 3 class we visited were really keen and interested in our presentation and their behaviour was impeccable - all credit must go to the school and class teacher.

We told the pupils about different types of birds and how they are suited to the habitats in which they live. We also showed them how to make a bird ID dial and the pupils used it to do two quizzes about garden and woodland birds. The pupils were entralled by the videos we showed of a Barn Owl and Kestrel hunting in different ways and the mating dance of the Great Crested Grebes. What a great school, we can't wait to go back.

'Florida, A Winter Wonderland' by Dennis Atherton


Our next presentation in the Derby Room at Leigh Library is 'Florida, A Winter Wonderland' by long-serving L.O.S. member Dennis Atherton.

Come and see Dennis' superb photos from his travels in the U.S. of A. and why not bring a friend? Everyone is welcome and the doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start on Friday 6th March.

And who knows, you might even win a prize in our raffle!

'A Shot at Wildlife Images 2012' by Pauline and Ian Greenhalgh

Our Derby Room meeting last night attracted 60 people, the visiting speakers Pauline and Ian Greenhalgh gave their account of the year 2012 as seen through the eye and lens of photographers. Having seen their work on other occasions we had high expectations of the event, and indeed it proved to be a real treat.


Photography and presentation of this high standard are a gift to only a few, Pauline and Ian's knowledge of wildlife is second to none. I have been privileged to be out in the field with them and see what time and effort is put into obtaining the images - it is truly amazing.

Something that impressed me from day one is that they always put the subjects welfare first before taking those images. Thank you to P & I for a superb evening's entertainment and shared knowledge and thanks also to the members and friends who gave their support.