L.O.S. Erects Bird Boxes for Wigan Hospice

Eddie King has made some bird boxes and he and Tony Bishop have erected eight of them in the grounds of Wigan and Leigh Hospice. This was initiated by a friend of the Society who informed us that the hospice were creating a facility for day patients to visit and wished to include some bird related interest.

The committee also agreed to fund some feed and feeders for the facility and Martyn Jones will be advising them on the fitting of a camera to one of the bird boxes so that the birds might be watched using the boxes. 

We have received an email thanking the Society and a feature will appear in the Hospice's next newsletter.

L.O.S. Fieldtrip to the Local Mosslands - Saturday 17 February 2018

In a break to our usual Sunday tradition, today’s Saturday L.O.S. fieldtrip to the 'Local Mosslands' of Irlam, Barton and Chat Moss was a complete success, with twenty people turning out on what was a wet start to the day. But the rain soon disappeared and starting from the Irlam Fisheries, Dave Steel led the group on a five mile circuit of this fascinating area.

The highlights of the day were Brambling, Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow, large flocks of what were mainly Chaffinch and Goldfinch, a male Stonechat, some Snipe as well as two Roe Deer and a Brown Hare. We finished off with tea and cakes at the lovely cafe which is alongside the Fisheries.

Many thanks to Dave Steel for leading us on this fieldtrip and imparting all his endless knowledge of the Mosses to us, and also thanks to Eddie King for organising the day.
Alan Wilcox