February 2017

April Big Beach Clean

There will be a Big Beach Clean event on Monday 3rd of April 2017 from 10.30 am. It will be at Freshfield beach again (on the National Trust property).

The previous event in January 2017, 126 kg of waste was collected by 8 volunteers in 90 minutes. This total included 461 separate items of plastic.

Dr Phil Smith: Wildlife Notes January 2017

Mediterranean Gull, Southport Marine Lake (Phil Smith)

The driest autumn and winter in living memory continued throughout January with only six rain-days. Total precipitation for the Northwest was said to be 50% of normal but I suspect it was much less than that here. At the end of the month, the Devil’s Hole water-table was 16cm (6 inches) below the ground surface, a full 54cm (21 inches) lower than last year. Of course, this has major implications for our wildlife, especially the Natterjack Toad which will have very few places to breed unless there is a deluge in February and March.