Date: Saturday June 21st, 2014.
Time: 10.00 am.
Location: Ainsdale Sand Dunes, Sefton Coast, Merseyside
Meeting: The Ainsdale Discovery Centre, The Promenade, Shore Road,
Ainsdale-on-Sea, Nr Southport, PR8 2QB
Main subjects of interest: Orchids and other dune flora, amphibians, reptiles and insects, etc.
Leader: Trevor Davenport ARPS
Dr Phil Smith, MBE, has kindly agreed to join us on this field trip; Phil is a noted expert on the Sefton Coast and author of ‘The Sands of Time’ and ‘The Sands of Time Revisited’ (Amberley Press 2009).
Additional information: The sand-dunes of the Sefton Coast provide the largest sand-dune complex in England covering an area of approximately 2100 ha. It is a fascinating and ever-changing habitat with many photographic opportunities throughout the seasons. In early summer the dunes can be richly rewarding for both botanic and entomological subjects. We should expect to find up to six species of Orchid as well as many other botanic species. Northern Dune Tiger-beetle (Cicindela hybrida) - a superbly photogenic insect; and a plentiful array of early butterﬂies and dragonﬂies. The area is also noted for two increasingly rare species: The Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis), and The Natterjack Toad (Epidalea calamita), formerly (Bufo calamita). Although not easy to locate, we will do some prior research into possible locations.
There is plentiful accommodation in the nearby seaside resort of Southport.
Items to bring: There are very few natural hazards but the area is exposed so light warm clothing and waterproofs in case of rain. Stout shoes or wellingtons may also be required. There are no costs involved but attendees are advised to bring a packed lunch and something to drink.
Contact: Trevor Davenport - Tel: 01704 870284 Mobile: 07831 643844;
Please call or email for further information