Liverpool Region City Nature Challenge

This year the Liverpool City Region will be taking part in a worldwide competition to see who can discover and report on the most wildlife in their City.

Our area covers Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Knowsley, Wirral and Halton and we will be pitched against the likes of Tokyo, Barcelona, Maui, Miami, Washington… oh, and Manchester

You can report wildlife at any time during the event and from anywhere within the 6 districts. All you have to do is enter your record using iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org/users/sign_in). Either the website or mobile app.

Final rankings will be reported on the 5th May 2019.

Get your friends and families involved. Spread the word as wide as possible! (except in Manchester) and if you run an organisation that would like to support this please share it with your staff or get in touch to find out more.

There is more general information from the organisers on their website (http://citynaturechallenge.org/) including resources for Schools and education centres.

Cycle Safari – Nature from a bike

Join us on a ride to explore some of Wild Watery Blue & Green Spaces on Merseyside. Make sure your bike is road worthy, bring some snacks, water & binoculars with appropriate clothing & a spare inner tube [just in case].

Our ride will introduce you to the Nature on Merseyside following a mainly off road route to the Sefton Coastline. Suitable for all bikes & ages but under 14 year old must be accompanied by responsible adult. Ride time about 4 hours with plenty of stops.

Court Hey Park Litter Pick

Knowsleys Green Space Rangers invite you join them at Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Huyton on Saturday 9th March 2019 for a Community Litter Pick as one of a series of events during the Liverpool City Region Year of the Environment 2019.

Our Rangers and volunteers will be on site from 10am to provide litter pickers and gloves.

For directions and information about Court Hey park visit:
https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/things-to-do/parks-and-green-spaces/court-hey-park

Cleaver Heath Workday

Meet Oldfield Road, Heswall at 10 a.m.

Stout footwear and waterproofs recommended, and volunteers should bring a packed lunch if staying for the whole session, which ends between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Further details from Alan Irving, email or telephone 0151 342 2641.

Big Work Weekend at Norris Green Park

We’re having a ‘Big Work Weekend’ on Sat 26 and Sun 27 Jan (10:00–3:00) to get the ground ready for planting some new trees from @merseyforest Children from local schools will be taking part in the tree planting next month. The work will involve digging, cutting back brambles, moving the debris into a skip. All tools and gloves provided…… and of course tea & coffee, cake and good company! If you can help out or just want to know more get in touch. https://www.facebook.com/groups/FoNGP/Twitter @NGPFriends / email: friendsofngp@gmail.com

Big Work Weekend

We’re having a ‘Big Work Weekend’ on Sat 26 and Sun 27 Jan (10:00–3:00) to get the ground ready for planting some new trees from @merseyforest Children from local schools will be taking part in the tree planting next month. The work will involve digging, cutting back brambles, moving the debris into a skip. All tools and gloves provided…… and of course tea & coffee, cake and good company! If you can help out or just want to know more get in touch. https://www.facebook.com/groups/FoNGP/Twitter @NGPFriends / email: friendsofngp@gmail.com

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

For 40 years, we’ve been asking you to count the birds in your garden – and you’ve been brilliant at it.

With over half a million people now regularly taking part, coupled with almost 40 years worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows us to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are doing.

As the format of the survey has stayed the same, the scientific data can be compared year-on-year, making your results very valuable to our scientists.

With results from so many gardens, we are able to create a ‘snapshot’ of bird numbers across the UK.

While some changes in bird numbers can seem scary – we’ve lost more than half our house sparrows and some three-quarters of our starlings – it isn’t all doom and gloom. Since Birdwatch began blue tit numbers have risen by 20 per cent and the woodpigeon population has increased by a whopping 800 per cent.

Your results help us spot problems, but more importantly, they are also the first step in putting things right. This is why it’s so important that we count garden birds.

Read more at https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/everything-you-need-to-know-about-big-garden-birdwatch/#qAUM8dbY67Pz2smD.99

Childwall Health Walks Launch

 

‘Childwall Health Walks are a series of circular walks which have been designed by Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership, LCC Library Service and Childwall Sports and Science Academy to support the Year of the Environment by promoting;  Healthy Exercise, Wellbeing, Community Engagement with Nature and Education’.

The launch from Childwall Neighbourhood Health Centre will take place on 24 January 2019 commencing at 10:30.

More details on the walks to follow