I had a quick wander at the moss today to check out the new boardwalk, lots of dragonflies (mostly four spot chasers) and damselflies (Azure and large red). Then on to the view point over the moss. Three Hobbies were feeding over the moss. As I was watching Ste Dodd arrived and we had a great chat and catch up. He was also on the lookout for hobbies and mentioned that he had seen them feeding over the mini moss. So the boardwalk could give a great platform from which to view them feeding in close up. I didn’t get a photo myself but the one above was taken by Phil Rees over the moss a few years ago.
WHERE TO BUY
Our dragonfly pins are proving very popular!
Here we have listed the ways you can get your hands on one:
Pins on sale throughout the event – come along and say hello!
They are available at the ‘Friends Of Birchwood Forest Park Cafe’ on the days it is open.
PURCHASE ONLINE FROM OUR TALENTED DESIGNER
Birch Bark Illustration and Design kindly designed the pins for free.
You can buy them directly from Birch Bark using the link below:
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You can email us at: email@example.com and we will try and arrange a time and place to get one to you!
Here is a link to the long awaited response of the council to what is happening towards replacing the Tower that was destroyed by and act of vandalism last year.
See what you think and send us a response are post on the facebook link. As you can see from the press release this is nothing new to those who have followed this but at least we now have something in writing from Warrington Borough Council.
It is nearly 6 months since arsonists burned down the Risley Moss Cruden Observation Tower and there has been much discussion as to what should replace it. The good news is that Warrington Borough Council are committed to replacing the old structure, but with what is uncertain at this stage. Consultations are ongoing and in the New Year there will be a public consultation on the proposals which Risley Moss Action Group (RIMAG) will make public as soon as possible.
RIMAG are coordinating the fund raising efforts of the local community and many donations have been channelled their way. One such donation came from Spectrum Striders, who used income from the Birchwood 10K in August to raise a donation of £500. Janet Redpath, the 2017 Spectrum Striders Race Director, along with committee member Jenny McIntyre, presented a cheque to the rebuilding fund. The Race Director said this was a way of the runners putting something back into the community. The cheque was received by Mark Cozens of the Warrington Borough Council Ranger Service and Dr Paul Speake, Chair of RIMAG.
Groups have also raised funds by completing the Three Peaks Challenge of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis or donating to the fund via a GoFundMe page, along with donations from the Friends of Birchwood Forest Park. Specific fund-raisers have been organised by RIMAG and a trio of local Mums, Emma, Sian and Karen known affectionately as the Coven, who organised the Halloween Event raising £2,500. The total for the fund now sits at over £7300 and RIMAG intend to organise more events in the coming months.
12 noon to 15:00
Risley Moss Visitor Centre
Do you remember Bichwood in its early days being converted from the Bomb Factory in to the shopping mall and community. Do you have any pictures ot the transformation and are you willing to share them for an exhibition at Warrington Museum the click on the link for mor information about a drop in session at Risley Moss Visitor Centre.
UK FUNGUS DAY
RISLEY MOSS FUNGAL FORAY
8 October 2017
Thanks to Tom and Ken for their expertise in leading this years Fungal Foray. Here are some pictures and the full Species list seen on the day.
Agaricus xanthoderma Yellow staining mushroom
Annulohypoxylon multiforme Birch Woodwart
Armillaria gallica Bulbous Honey Fungus
Auricularia auricula-judaea Jelly Ear
Boletus badius Bay Bolete
Chondrostereum purpureum Silverleaf Fungus
Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Funnel
Clitocybe phaeophthalma Chicken Funnel
Clitocybe phyllophylla Frosty Funnel
Coprinellus disseminatus Fairy Inkcap
Cortinarius hemitrichus Frosty Webcap
Crepidotus cessatii Oysterling
Daedalea quercina Oak Mazegill
Daedaleopsis confragosa Blushing Bracket
Entoloma rhodopolium Wood Pinkgill
Ganoderma australe Southern Bracket
Geastrum triplex Collared earthstar
Helvella crispa White Saddle
Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft
Inocybe geophylla White Fibrecap
Kuehneromyces mutabilis Sheathed Woodtuft
Laccaria laccata The Deceiver
Lactarius turpis Ugly Milkcap
Leottia lubrica Jelly Baby
Lepiota boudieri Girdled Dapperling
Lepiota castanea Chestnut Dapperling
Lepista flaccida Tawny Funnel
Lycoperdon perlatum Common Puffball
Lycoperdon pyriforme Stump Puffball
Lyophyllum connatum White Domecap
Macrotyphula fistulosa var contorta
Macrotyphula fistulosa Pipe Club
Mycena arcangeliana Angels Bonnet
Pholiota squarrosa Shaggy Scalycap
Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore
Postia (caesia) Conifer Blueing Bracket
Rhodocollybia butyracea Butter Cap
Scleroderma areolatum Leopard Earthball
Scleroderma citrinum Common Earthball
Stereum hirstum Hairy Curtaincrust
Stereum subtomentosum Yellow Curtaincrust
Trametes versicolor Turkeytail
Tubaria furfuracea Scurfy Twiglet
Xylaria hypoxylon Candle Snuff/Stags Horn
Tom Ferguson 9-10-17
We at RIMAG where wondering what would be the best structure to replace the Tower at the reserve. But then we thought what do the local people want to see and what would best serve their needs. So we would like your input. Do you have a drawing or suggestion as to what could replace the tower to best utilse and enhance the view?
Any Ideas can be e-mailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks you any input will be greatly received and put forward to the council as to what the public would like to see.
Risley moss Action Group and the Tower Fund
Risley Moss Action Group are liaising with Warrington Borough Council and their Rangers in order to raise money for the refurbishment of the iconic fire damaged observation tower. If any one wishes to donate to this fund cheques made payable to Risley Moss Action Group can be handed into the rangers at the moss or deposited in the donations box in the visitor centre at the moss. Any donations will be administered solely by Risley Moss Action Group and passed on to the council as and when the plans for the Tower come to fruition. As RIMAG is a registered charity (No: 1041935) and if you are a current tax payer then we can claim monies from the Government under the flag of Gift Aid, to supplement your donation by 25%. Please download (Gift Aid Declaration) and return the signed form with your donations.
We are also working on setting up a donations page on our website through the medium of PayPal when this is established we will post more information.
If anyone has any idea as to what they would like to replace the tower then the Rangers, RIMAG and the Council are open to any suggestions. We are currently working in the framework to produce something that would be iconic but it would have to conform to full disability access as well as being iconic to fit in with current building regulations. If you have any ideas then e-mail us on email@example.com
Shameful and wanton vandalism at Risley Moss See the Warrington Guardian article for information and see the comments page for a fund raising page for Risley Moss tower that has been set up .
Sunday 23rd July 11 – 12:30
Birds’ n’ Bees by George Pilkington
The fifth in a series of fascinating talks by naturalist George Pilkington, this time about the courtship and nesting habits of both garden birds and bees. Learn how some bees are actually ousting birds from their completed nests!
Cost – £3 per person – includes light refreshments
George is kindly donating any money generated to the Risley Moss Green Safari Fund
Places are limited so please book in advance on 01925 824339 or email the rangers on: firstname.lastname@example.org