Monday, 29 September 2008


Here's a fine picture of some of the volunteers who helped to crew the Liverbird Wildlife Discovery Cruises this year. They be a motley crew, who cuss and spit, all in the aid of supporting the Liverpool RSPB on the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop. The group has for the last 6 years provided support to RSPB staff on these cruises. A big thank you to Tim Melling, RSPB staff for adding the excitement and Stephen Menzie for being the spotter and co commentator.

The Wildlife cruises are a partnership between RSPB, National Museums Liverpool, and Mersey Ferries and this year for the first time we were joined by The Environment Agency who have donated 25 pairs of binoculars for the public to use.

The river Mersey and the bay is great for birds of many different types and cruises give you a great chance to see some of this.
Chumming is not for the faint hearted but it does attract a following cast of gulls.

Thank you to all the volunteers, Laura, Brenda, Ann, Ste, Phil, Howard and our friends from Chester group. I look forward to next years cruises and a fresh pair of marigolds!!


Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Good bye to Mary the Kiwi.

The Kiwi is one of the special birds of New Zealand. And as Capital of Culture draws to an end, we have had to say good bye to our Kiwi. Mary Thompson came to Liverpool in January this year to do some work and bird at the same time. Mary got to see the our wonderful estuaries and the large number of wading birds we attract. Mary lives on South Island and is used to watching around 130 bar tailed godwits on there winter haunts and not much else, apart from all the UK birds we took and released over their. We at Liverpool hope the flight home went OK and keep in touch.