The Friends of Hilbre Newsletter
Volunteering 2012 - Dates for your Diary
Spring is nearly here! We can stop hibernating in our homes and look forward to getting out and about in the fresh spring air. It is a time for starting new hobbies or activities and what is there better to do than to start volunteering with the Friends of Hilbre??
We have a wide range of volunteering activities that you can try. You may like to do physical tasks on the islands eg bracken pulling, wall building, painting, weeding etc. Others might like to take part in the seal watch activities, showing visitors the seals though a telescope. Or you may like to take part in giving information to the public either on Hilbre Island or the Mobile Information Unit at West Kirby.
To our stalwart volunteers; welcome back, great to see you again! To our first time volunteers; we look forward to meeting you.
It is great fun taking part in activities on the Hilbre islands. However they are cut off from the mainland, by the tide, twice a day and there are steep cliffs and tidal gullies. The advice and precautions below will help you to have a safe, comfortable and enjoyable time on Hilbre.
• Please keep to the ’meet’ and ’leave’ times stated within this newsletter, to ensure a safe crossing to and from the islands.
• Information boards, by the slipway in West Kirby, show the daily safe crossing times and the safe route to walk to the islands.
• Due to insurance restrictions, no-one under the age of 18 can volunteer to work the tasks days on the islands.
• If it is your first time volunteering, please make yourself known, to the task leader, at the meeting point. Or, you could ring Allen on 0151 648 7115, and we will make sure that we look out for you.
• There is no drinking water on the island. Please bring enough drink for the day (not alcohol!!) and a snack. Bring warm clothing, gardening gloves and waterproofs; wellies may be a good idea!
Seal Watching and the Friends of Hilbre Open Days
It is almost time to begin our monthly trips
over to Hilbre Island to allow visitors to view the seals through The
Friends of Hilbre's telescope. See above for the dates for
this year. The first trip over will be on Saturday 17th March.
Mid-Week Task Days
In the past, all the work tasks on Hilbre were organised to be held at the weekends and over a high tide. Whilst this arrangement suited many of our volunteers, there were Friends who were not able to volunteer at the weekend, or whose free time was limited and were not able to spend a full day volunteering.
2012, FoH started organising mid-week tasks over a low tide on Hilbre.
This gave Friends who were keen to contribute to the work on Hilbre,
more flexible options about when they could volunteer. As the tasks
were over a low tide, they had more freedom about the length of time
they volunteered for e.g. it was possible to come out for just an hour
or two, or a bit longer. The following is a task report from Ken
Stackhouse, who led the mid-week tasks.
DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES OR STORIES ABOUT HILBRE ISLAND?
We would love to hear from you - please email your contributions to
the Newsletter Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 do not guide visitors across the shore to the islands.
TIDE TIMES AND INFORMATION
Please contact the Coastal Rangers at the Thurstaston Visitor Centre, Wirral Country Park.
Tel. 0151 648 4371 (10am to 4pm, seven days a week).
FOR YOUR INTEREST
HILBRE BIRD OBSERVATORY BLOG HAS DAILY SIGHTINGS ON:
DEE ESTUARY BIRDING
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 page:
Planning your visit to Hilbre Island
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