The Friends of Hilbre Newsletter 
Volume 1, Issue 31 - Online version

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Plan Your Visit.
How to Join.
MIU Events.
Volunteers' Work.

Inside this issue:
Volunteers Schedules 2010.
Mobile Information Unit.
Seal Watch Training.
Sunday Lunch in June.
Family low tide walk.
Members of the public.
Safety Notice.

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The Friends of Hilbre re:
Membership Forms,
General information,
Volunteers Work: Tasks, Open Days, Seal Watching, Mobile Information Unit

Tides and Information
Hilbre Islands Local Nature Reserve Ranger: 0151 632 4455

Wirral Country Park Ranger Service 0151 648 4371/3884

North Wirral Coastal Park 0151 678 5488

Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Web Site:

If anyone has information, or photographs, or postcards regarding Hilbre from the past and would like to share them please contact:

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The Annual General Meeting
will take place on 20th May at 7.30 pm
in the United Reformed Church, Bridge Road, West Kirby
Members of the public are invited

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 Volunteers Schedules 2010

All our volunteers, for insurance purposes, are required to be a member of the Friends of Hilbre and over 18 years of age. For Membership Application Forms please e-mail our Membership Secretary, Barbara, at:

This is the time of year when we advertise the Friends of Hilbre schedules for 2010, so get out your diaries!

Volunteers take part in a range of activities throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn and there is something to suit most peoples interests. We have a very active core of volunteers who enjoy making a contribution to the preservation of the Hilbre Islands. If you have not volunteered before, new people are always welcome.

Dates for members on duty at the Hilbre Islands’ Interpretative Centre {the old Telegraph Lookout Station building} or on duty for Seal Watching with the telescope can be found on the page: Friends of Hilbre Days.

Dates for members to staff the Mobile Information Unit at Dee Lane, West Kirby, can be found on the page: MIU and Events.

Dates for volunteers Task Days on Hilbre are not available on-line; they are in the ‘paper copy’ of this Newsletter which has been sent to members of the Friends of Hilbre.

We look forward to seeing our volunteers in 2010.

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Mobile Information Unit Volunteers

Mobile Information Unit at Dee Lane Slipway, West Kirby

Because of the Marine Lake repairs at West Kirby the MIU had to be sited on the traffic island alongside the Sailing School at West Kirby for virtually the whole of the summer of 2009. Sadly this wasn't the best of locations as most people who stopped were more interested in why the lake was empty rather than obtaining information regarding Hilbre! So, we are delighted that this year we will be back in our "old" location on the car park allocated to lake users, on selected Sundays from March to October.

Friends of Hilbre volunteers also attend some local Fairs, e.g. Wirral History and Heritage Fair, Ashton Park Fair, St. Bridget’s Church Fair and Hoylake Lifeboat Day. We give information about our beautiful island to a wider public, and advise them on the safest way to access the island. We always stress the need for the tide times to be understood – and where to access that information – the easiest one for the local population being the notice board at the bottom of Dee Lane in West Kirby. Folk can also contact Wirral Country Park at Thurstaston by phoning 0151 648 4371/3884.
If you would like to volunteer to help on the MIU – just 2-3 hours at a time – between March and October, please contact Barbara or Val at: thefriendsofhilbre@hotmail .

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Seal Watch Training Day for Members: Saturday 27th March

Atlantic Grey Seal in the Dee Estuary and Seal Watch Trainees

This will be the first seal watching day of the year and those of us on duty will be crossing over to Hilbre, as the tide allows, at 11.30 am The seal watch training will take place at 2.00 pm. We will be leaving the island no later than 4.30 pm. Any members coming just for the seal watch training will need to leave West Kirby by about 1.00pm.

Trainees will receive a set of notes which will be with you to refer to at any time. You will learn something about the seals off Hilbre and their habitats. You will also learn to set up the telescope.

After the training it is hoped that you will volunteer for one or two of the seal watching days throughout 2010 and be able to give information to members of the public about the seals in the Dee Estuary.

Anyone who is a member of the Friends of Hilbre and is over 18 years of age is very welcome and we look forward to seeing some new volunteers.

If you are interested in the seal watch training please contact June before 13th March by e-mail at: .

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Sunday Lunch in June

There will be a lunch provided by the Friends of Hilbre for our volunteers in June. For catering purposes, and further information, please contact Barbara no later than the 31st May at:

Family Low Tide Walk {open to members only}

This low tide walk one day in September is an opportunity for your family to enjoy Hilbre together. For further information contact Sue at: .

Members of The Public

Please note that members of the public can visit Hilbre Islands’ Local Nature Reserve throughout the year. The Friends of Hilbre offer specified days and times when the Friends will open up the Hilbre Islands’ Interpretative Centre - the old telegraph lookout building - on the main island to visitors. If the weather is suitable the Friends will also offer seal watching, using the telescope. Dates when the Friends of Hilbre volunteers staff Hilbre Islands’ Interpretative Centre {the old Telegraph Station Lookout building} and offer Seal Watching can be found on the page: Friends of Hilbre Days.

The Friends of Hilbre do not guide visitors across the shore to the islands.
Guided walks by the Council Rangers can be booked when available, as advertised in their newsletter on-line. Enquire at Wirral Country Park Tel. 0151 648 4371 {10.00 am – 4.00 pm, 7 days a week}.

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If You Wish to Contact The Friends of Hilbre Committee
 Please Email:

Chairman: Allen
Treasurer: Michael
Minutes: Barbara
Seal Watch Co-ordinator: June
Committee Members: Sue, Vilja & Ann
Hilbre Islands Local Nature Reserve Ranger:
 0151 632 4455

Honorary Secretary: Christine
Membership Secretary: Barbara Mobile Information Unit Co-ordinators: Val & Barbara
Newsletter Editor: Nicky




For Your Interest

Coastal  Park Newsletter

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The Dee Estuary is one of the UK’s premier birding locations for wetland and shorebirds. The Dee Estuary Birding web site describes the best Dee Estuary birdwatching areas with detailed maps and latest bird news for dedicated twitchers and casual birdwatchers alike.

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Always check the tides before going out to Hilbre. Tides change each day. Use the safe route, it is dangerous to use any other route. For full details of when to cross safely and the safest route to Hilbre see our Planning your visit to Hilbre Island page.


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