The Friends of Hilbre Newsletter
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Memoirs of Hilbre: A Member's Story [Part 3]
One 'job' was to carry out, as far as possible, a search of the
high-water mark, fossicking for whatever there might be. We collected
one or two glass fishing net floats – very highly prized, and on
another occasion we found a damaged, but recognisable sword scabbard.
It was quite wide and flat, with a slight but pronounced curve in it. A
cutlass scabbard, perhaps? One of Dad's best ever finds was a large
plaice which had got itself trapped in a rock pool. It must have been
3-lbs. or even more. That went home to the kitchen, and very nice it
was too. Dad wasn't averse to picking up decent bits of timber and we
once found, and somehow got it home, a lovely cedar plank 6 ft. long, 6
inches wide and 3 inches thick.
Once we saw a schooner under plain sail coming
inward through the
Swash. Dad got quite excited “Not many of those left. There used to be
hundreds of them. Anything to anywhere”. She did look well, foresail,
fore-topsail, mainsail, main-topsail, fore staysail and jib. She was
called, I remember, “Useful” and was lost in about 1946, running
aground in very bad weather at Derbyhaven in the Isle of
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Val, on behalf of the Friends of Hilbre, would like to offer our thanks to Richard Smith for his assistance in ensuring that thirty issues of the Newsletter have been made available on-line since Issue 13 in 2004.
Richard, in turn, fully appreciates the huge amount of work that Val puts in both with the Friends of Hilbre generally and in particular preparing the on-line edition of the Newsletter which makes my job of transferring it to the web site relatively easy and straightforward.
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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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