April 2005 - Letter From The Chairman

 

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For the attention of: schools, colleges, community and adult education organisations in Wirral and Merseyside.

The Friends of Hilbre are conducting a survey of the possible use of a daytime field study facility to be opened on Hilbre Island, in the River Dee estuary. This resource is not yet ready, but the owners, Wirral Borough Council, have agreed that it could be made available in stages for organised local groups. Certain of the Victorian complex of buildings on Hilbre Island have been accepted officially for development as a community study and research centre, to be known as the Hilbre Island Centre. The buildings need repair and adaptation over the next few years. In the meantime, there may be limited use of the buildings, using qualified leaders, with bookings made through Wirral Borough Council.

Day courses on Hilbre island could start in 2006, to include topics such as shore life, bird and seal watching, field studies, island wildlife, geology, geography, safety on the shore, local history, photography, art and crafts, creative writing. The groups using the centre would include small school groups, of children over 8 years old, college and university students, adult education and community groups, and students from Further and Higher Education. The centre would welcome local people who may have previously missed opportunities for such visits, so they can enjoy an area of outstanding wild life and landscape importance (the Dee Estuary is a world class site for wetland birds, and has a colony of Atlantic Grey seals). Hilbre Island can be reached on foot at suitable states of the tide.

Schools can apply for selection to join our project in 2005 and 2006 on Developing the Hilbre Island Centre, recording the changes to the centre in writing, drawings and photographs. Please send us your request.

If you belong to an organisation which would be interested to hear more about these plans, with no obligation to become further involved, please reply with details of your groupís contact address and study interests to:

thefriendsofhilbre@hotmail.com

or by post to:

The Chairman, 13 Riverside Walk, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 0TT