The Friends of Hilbre Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 39 - Online version
April 2012

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Wind turbine, former Telegraph Station, mast and navigation mark on Hilbre Island

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thefriendsofhilbre@hotmail.com

For information on:
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Chairman of the Friends of Hilbre

Allen Burton 0151 648 7115

Tides and Information
Wirral Country Park Ranger Service 0151 648 4371
e-mail: wirralcountrypark@wirral.gov.uk

Wirral Council Web Site: www.wirral.gov.uk

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THE FRIENDS OF HILBRE
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2012

Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm
in the United Reformed Church Hall
Bridge Road, West Kirby
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Reports & Progress to Date
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Followed by a talk by Allen Burton, Chairman of The Friends of Hilbre:
"A Visit to Hilbre"
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Members of the public are welcome

This AGM will mark the 11th birthday of the Friends of Hilbre. We have maintained a level of membership which is regarded by other local groups as quite high. It is currently around 160. 
Last year for our 10th we had a birthday cake, a special speaker and the lowest ever attendance! Everyone went home with cake wrapped in paper napkins. The Committee felt that it was a bit disappointing.
I would urge you to attend if you are able. It is an opportunity to see and hear what is going on in the group, to meet like minded people and even to bring your ideas and suggestions. Even awkward questions are welcome but answers are not necessarily guaranteed! 
I look forward to seeing you there - the URC Hall in West Kirby, is on the corner of Meols Drive and Bridge Road, where all the traffic chaos has been recently!  
We will be voting to elect our Friends of Hilbre committee members for 2012/13. If you would like to nominate any FoH members to join the committee, or if you would like to add any items to the AGM agenda, please contact Allen Burton (0151 648 7115) or e-mail thefriendsofhilbre@hotmail.com  by 1st May 2012.                                                                               
You can renew your membership at the AGM. There will be a display stand and lists of volunteering / task dates and a raffle will be held.

Weekend Tasks on Hilbre 2012
(Meet at the Slipway, West Kirby)

Day

Date

Meet 

Leave 

Wednesday

May 2nd

11:10

17:00

Friday

June 29th

10:00

16:30

Thursday

July 26th

10:00

14:00

Thursday

Aug 9th

10:00

13:30

Wednesday

Sept 12th

92:00

17:00

Wednesday

Oct 10th

10:15

16:30


Please note that it is necessary to be a member of the Friends of Hilbre and over 18 years of age to be a volunteer. Please contact thefriendsofhilbre@hotmail.com if you have any queries. 

 
Friends of Hilbre
You are invited to renew your membership for 2012/13
Subscriptions are due on the 1st May 2012
We warmly welcome new members to our group.
If you would like to join us please email the Membership Secretary for an Application Form at: thefriendsofhilbre@hotmail.com

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 SAFE ROUTE

       
 

                                                       

Safety Tips

The Hilbre Islands are a wonderful place to spend the day; here are a few simple tips to help you to enjoy your visit safely.

The Islands are cut off from the mainland, by the tide, twice a day. Always check the notice board at the slip way, West Kirby, for safe crossing times. A tide timetable book can be bought at many local shops.

There are sinking sands and deep gullies between the islands and the mainland. There is only one safe route out to Hilbre Island, which starts at the West Kirby slipway by the Sailing Club (see diagram).

There are slippery rocks, sharp shellfish e.g. barnacles, and Weaver fish in shallow water (can give a nasty sting). Wear appropriate, protective footwear e.g. shoes with a sturdy grip, or wellies. Keep away from the edges of the steep cliffs!

There is no food, water, or shelter on the Islands; take soft drinks, food and waterproofs!

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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 thefriendsofhilbre@hotmail.com.

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).
email: wirralcountrypark@wirral.gov.uk

FOR YOUR INTEREST
HILBRE BIRD OBSERVATORY BLOG HAS DAILY SIGHTINGS ON:

www.hilbrebirdobs.blogspot.com

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.

www.deeestuary.co.uk


COASTAL PARK NEWLETTER BY THE RANGER SERVICE

This newsletter is available by e-mail only.
To receive an electronic copy by e-mail (Adobe Reader required) please contact:
email: wirralcountrypark@wirral.gov.uk

SAFETY NOTICE
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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 unless specifically otherwise stated.