12 August 2017 11am – 6PM
Civic Saturday – Hilbre Island
Hilbre Island | FREE
The Wild Side Of the City.
Hilbre Islands are at the mouth of the Dee Estuary, one of the ten most important estuaries in Europe for overwintering wildfowl and waders. Hilbre Islands are also important as a stopping-off point for the twice-yearly migration of birds along the west coast of Britain. On the island is the Hilbre Island Bird Observatory. Grey Seals swim just off-shore, bobbing their heads above the water and watching those on the island. As the tide comes in, the Seals come ashore.
Taking a walk out to Hilbre Island is an absolute must when you’re in Wirral, and an experience you will never forget. Hilbre Islands are a unique experience, and are ideal for people who enjoy exploring new areas or for nature lovers. The views across the Dee Estuary are truly beautiful, and opportunities to see such rare wildlife are exceptional.
Find out how a group of friends and the council ranger successfully care for Hilbre. Islands, like old buildings and parks, need care and maintenance.
See the recommended route to Hilbre on the website here.
Walk out for a day on the island. We will leave the from Dee Lane Slipway, which is next to the Marine Lake, West Kirby. The nearest train station is West Kirby, five minutes from the slipway. For information contact Merseytravel on 0870 608 2 608.
Meet Allen the chair and some of the Friends of Hilbre, ranger Matt and his boss Christine, who will introduce the island’s wildlife.
Picnic lunch break
Explore the wildflower meadows, clamber round the rocks and beaches, and watch the seals and birds.
The museum will be open for you to find out more about the island.
Take a tea break and hunt for treasure in the flotsam and jetsam.
Bring suitable clothing and footwear for all weather. Always carry waterproofs and warm clothing. Wear sensible footwear. Even when the tide is out the beach can be wet and there are rock pools on the islands – don’t wear your best shoes.
Bring a picnic. There is water on the island and a composting toilet.
Visit the Friends Of Hilbre website for more information.