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Birds’ n’ Bees George Pilkington

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: risleymossrangers@warrington.gov.uk

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Support for RIMAG from Birchwood Shopping Mall

Dr Paul Speake thanking Gary Jones (Manager of Birchwood Shopping Mall) for their support of the work of RIMAG (see our news page for more).

Nature is a visual form of beauty and often overlooked and taken for granted. Birchwood Shopping Centre is proudly supporting and raising funds for Risely Moss Nature Reserve, in the hope to make a difference and supporting the environment.

 The Centre has supported numerous causes over recent years and for 2017 Birchwood have decided to support the local Nature Reserve. Risley Moss Nature Reserve was created following the last Ice Age and is locally referred to as the ‘mossland’. It is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its rare habitat and plants. The main feature of the Nature Reserve is its huge, beautiful mossland and stunning views from the raised Observation Tower, which has additional interesting facts relating to the bird species and landscape layouts.

The Risley Moss Action Group charity was formed back in 1990 in response to local concerns about Cheshire County Council’s proposal to close the Nature Reserve. The vigorous campaign to stop the closure included various press coverage and public meetings with dedicated local residents, organisations and enlightened politicians, addressed by Professor David Bellamy at Birchwood High School, which resulted in the closure being averted. The reserve is managed by Natural England, Warrington Borough Council and its site rangers, who nurture and taken exceptional care of the valuable asset.

Funds will be raised through the Shopping Centre’s Honesty Library as well as various events and competitions. Money raised will help support conservation work and aiding the site’s Rangers in; carrying out public events, practical maintenance tasks and wildlife surveys. Donations will also provide birdfeed for the 20 different species of birds seen from the woodland hide, during the cold winter months, and help to support community targeted events and equipment.

Birchwood’s Centre Manager, Gary Jones, commented “The team at Birchwood Shopping Centre are extremely proud to be working in conjunction with Risley Moss Action Group and hope to raise huge amounts of awareness and funds by hosting various fun events, competitions.”

Dr Paul Speake, Chairman of Risley Moss Nature Reserve commented “We believe that Risley Moss is a wonderful site where you can relax and enjoy in a place nearby, but seems far away from the pressures of day-to-day life and experience its beautiful rare habitats and wildlife. The Action Group are extremely grateful to Birchwood Shopping Centre for providing us with extra support and the chance to raise funds to promote public awareness of Risley Moss.”

For more information about the Nature reserve and opening times see the Warrington Borough Council Webpage for the moss at https://www.warrington.gov.uk/info/201262/risley_moss_nature_reserve.  For more information about workdays and events to support the rangers, find us on our webpage at www.rimag.org.uk or for more up-to-date events and news like us on Facebook at Risley Moss Action Group.

To keep up-to-date on Birchwood Shopping Centre’s news and events, ‘Like’ us on Facebook: BirchwoodShoppingCentre, or follow us on Twitter: @BirchwoodSC

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George Pilkington Talks

Solitary Bees

Saturday 1st April

Risley Moss Local Nature Reserve

11.00am – 12.30pm

A second talk by expert George Pilkington, this time about Solitary Bees, focusing on the ecology of Red Mason Bees and special nest boxes built to attract and assist them

Cost – £3 per person – Includes light refreshments

Places are limited so please book in advance on 01925 824339 or email the rangers on risleymossrangers@warrington.gov.uk

 

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Tonight’s Meeting Postponed

Sorry for the lateness of this postponement but tonight’s meeting will be postponed until next Thursday. Hope that is OK with every one and that next week will be a more favorable date.  so the next meeting will be 11th February 7pm in the Poachers.

Can you pass on this message to any one who may need to know.
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