|Short eared owl|
Wednesday 10 September and Thursday 11 September
10.30 am-3.30 pm
Parkgate Marsh is one of the best wetland habitats in the northwest, but only gets flooded by a high tide a few times each year. When this happens, the wildlife which lives here is pushed closer, potentially delivering an awe-inspiring spectacle. Join us at the Donkey Stand on Parkgate promenade near Nicholl's ice cream shop, where we'll be set up with a marquee and telescopes hoping for a good wind to really push the tide in.
You can expect great views of the large numbers of geese, ducks and wading birds which are building in number as they return for the winter. In addition, the small mammals living on the marsh are flushed from cover, offering a feeding frenzy for the kestrels, harriers and short-eared owls.
Car parking is limited on Parkgate promenade, but there is free public parking at the Old Baths car park (CH64 6RN) at the north end of The Parade, and the Wirral Country Park car park on Station Road (CH64 6QJ). There are public toilets at Mostyn Square in the middle of The Parade, and a number of pubs and cafes for refreshments.
High tide times:
Wednesday 10 September; 12.42 pm (9.9 m)
Thursday 11 September; 1.24 pm (9.9 m)
The Parade (B5135), Parkgate, Neston, Cheshire