RPS Nature Group Field Meeting at Ainsdale Dunes
Date: 8th June 13
Time: 9:45AM - 5:00PM
Location: Ainsdale Sand Dunes, Sefton Coast, Merseyside
Postcode: PR8 2QB
Contact: Trevor Davenport
Phone: 01704 643844
Type: Field Meetings
Region: North West
Meeting Place: The Ainsdale Discovery Centre, The Promenade, Shore Road, Ainsdale-on-Sea PR8 2QB
Main subjects of interest: Orchids and other dune flora, insects etc.
Leader: Trevor Davenport ARPS. Dr. Phil Smith MBE, a noted expert on the Sefton Coast and author of 'The Sands of Time' and 'The Sands of Time Revisited' (Amberley Press 2009) has kindly agreed to join us on this trip.
Additional Information: The sand-dunes of the Sefton Coast provide the biggest dune complex in England - approx. 2100 ha. it is a fascinating and ever-changing habitat with many photographic opportunities throughout the seasons. Early summer is when the dunes are usually richly rewarding for both botanical and entomological subjects. We may expect to find up to six species of Orchid as well as many other species. Insects include the Northern Dune Tiger Beetle (Cicindela hybrida) - a superbly photographic insect - as well as early butterflies and dragonflies. The area is also noted for two increasingly rare species - the Sand Lizard and the Natterjack Toad. Although these are not easily located, we will do some prior research into possible locations.
Local accommodation: there is plentiful accommodation in the nearby seaside resort of Southport.
Items to bring: there are very few natural hazards to worry about but the area is exposed so bring warm clothing and light waterproofs in case of rain. Sensible shoes or boots are also essential. Bring a packed lunch and drinks.
Contact: Trevor Davenport - 01704 870284 or 07831 643844; email email@example.com
Please call or email if you require further information.