October 2016

National Water Vole Database & Mapping Project

By Peter G Trimming (Panpipes of Vole Island auf flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Wildlife records are collected and shared for a number of reasons but high among them is the onward use of that information for the benefit of the wildlife that has been recorded. We see it as an essential part of our role as a Local Environmental Records Centre to support this as best as we can. 

Hugh Harris on Springfield Park

By Rept0n1x (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

SPRINGFIELD PARK, KNOTTY ASH, LIVERPPOOL
Springfield Park. 22 acres (8.9ha) is located in the suburb of Knotty Ash, and lies to the north of Prescot Road. Much of the park is now occupied by the newly rebuilt Alder Hey Children's Hospital, which opened in October 2015. The park has a direct track that links to the Loop Line (Trans Pennine Trail.)

Wetland Bird Survey

We have been kindly invited to join the WeBS team during one of their wetland bird surveys surveys along the Mersey to find out some more about the survey, our waders and how you can get involved.

If you're interested in coming along please let us know by email: info@merseysidebiobank.org.uk.

I will let you know early next week exact locations once I have an idea of numbers so I can let the WeBS team know :)

Albert Dock BioBlitz

For more detail go here: http://www.irishsea.org/events/2016/10/04/albert-dock-bioblitz 

Join us for our BioBlitz at the world famous Albert Dock in Liverpool and spend the afternoon recording everything from huge eels to tiny bryozoans.

We will record as many species as possible within four hours. This will enable us to add valuable records and create a species list for the dock which will give us a base for future surveys.

New taxon for Crosby Coastal Park

Notes on Oenothera hybrid (Phil Smith)

A small-flowered Evenint-primrose from a population found at Crosby Coastal Park was collected and sent to Rosemary Murphy, the national referee for Oenothera, earlier this year. Rosemary has now carried out a detailed examination of the plant material and has concluded that it is most likely the 'triple hybrid' Oenothera glazioviana x O. biennis x O.cambrica an identification which had previously been suspected.

Sally Tapp: Secret life of Albert Dock

Greater Pipefish, full - Syngnathus acus (Sally Tapp)

As part of the Heritage on the Dock Festival 2016 we ran a Wildlife Discovery and Talk at Albert Dock in Liverpool, Merseyside. At the height of its power, Albert Dock was home to many international innovations, however, these were short-lived and it thrived for a mere half a century before its days were numbered.  The story of its regeneration and the subsequent colonisation by marine wildlife is both fascinating and a great illustration of the power of nature.