Health Professionals get a taste of the Myplace project

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Release date:  Fri, 18/08/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Health professionals had a wild day out to find out more about an exciting community project to boost young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust took part in a Myplace taster session, an exciting community project aiming to improve mental and physical health among young people. read more...

Comma Butterfly, Orchis flowers and Orchid flowers.

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A beautiful Comma Butterfly in Low Lancelot (CWT) yesterday (Click over to enlarge)Yesterday Thursday 17th August 2017 - Lancelot Clark Storth (Hutton Roof) 1130hrs to 1530hrsHad a stroll up into Lancelot and checking out here and there.I did have a family party of what I am sure were either Willow Warblers/Chiffchaffs which made themselves known with their regular "hou-whit" calls which came over to me from at least four separate locations. The skies also had three Buzzards circling very high but at the same time very noisy with their "mewing call". Bringing a spot of colour was the beautiful Comma butterfly which you can see in the photo above. Other than the Comma the only other butterflies seen were a well used Meadow Brown, a Peacock or two and several White butterflies.Whilst here I check out the well past their best "Birds Foot Sedge...

A couple of grand days on the beach

The Safari has been entertaining a lot of children on the beach this last couple of days. And what a cracking couple of days they've been! They've found some superb creatures (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't call them critters - yuk yuk and double yuk). There were several fairly large Green Shore Crabs brought out of the pools. This chap has lost both his pincers so we're  not sure if he'll survive his next moult as he'll be unable to feed - we know he's a he from looking at his underside.At the edge of a pool on the beach right at the bottom of the slipway was a rather battered Common Sand Star. At first we thought it was dead but after a few children had handled it its finger tips began to curl up and it started to extend its tube feet so we reckon it was probably relieved to get back in the water of one of our buckets.We always hope to f...

Greenfinches back to form

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The feeder nets next to heysham nr office  were used today and produced 29  new greenfinch amongst a catch of over 60 birds.   Other species included willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, reed warbler and whitethroat.A. Is it to the outfalls coincided with a spell of blazing sunshine and the great mass of gulls on the sands to the south of ocean edge were black silhouettes against glistening wet mud.Better luck the other way with 14 meds on red nab/outfalls including 7 juvs.Green woodpecker again by reserve officeVis migSwallow - 70 plusHouse martin - loads for here - in excess of 50 plus  40 grounded briefly near ocean edgeSand martin - 2Grey wagtail - 1Probable tree pipit heard once distantly flying over...

Wildlife at the Dock

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Date / Time Start date:  Sat, 09/09/2017 - 10:30am - 1:30pm Sun, 10/09/2017 - 10:30am - 1:30pm Join us to head out onto the pontoons to take a closer look at the vast array of wildlife darting around the clear waters of Albert Dock! Nets at the ready, we shall attempt to catch some spectacular marine wildlife - including eels, moon jellies and crabs - to examine and identify under the microscope with the help of our marine experts from Lancashire Wildlife Trust. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL! Please book HERE. Summary:  Come and discover the natural history of Albert Dock, from its regeneration to its subsequent colonisation by marine wildlife. This event is a fascinating illustration ...
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Beach family fun at Ainsdale

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Date / Time Start date:  Tue, 22/08/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Thu, 31/08/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Make your favourite sea creature, learn about the Irish Sea's more unusual characters with our Tale Trail and explore this beautiful beach through our fun-filled games and activities. This event is FREE but all donations are gratefully received. Summary:  Join us on Ainsdale beach this summer for family fun! Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  No Admission charge:  N...

Secrets of the Irish Sea workshop

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Date / Time Start date:  Wed, 23/08/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Sat, 26/08/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Wed, 30/08/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Sat, 02/09/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm An interactive workshop where you can get your hands on the longest-lived animal on the planet, the Ocean Quahog, watch how cockles burrow into the sand and get up close and personal to barnacles and mussels feeding under the microscope. Booking is ESSENTIAL and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Book your place HERE Summary:  Come along and learn about the incredible creatures that live buried under the sand and mu...

Thursday 17th August

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The forecast was OK for later in the day but no good for early birders like me. Rain spotted the windscreen as I stopped off at Lane Ends, Pilling, hoping for another look at the Marsh Harrier that us three ringers saw on Tuesday, possibly the same harrier one that’s been around for a week or two. Lots of local farmers have all seen the mystery bird but can’t put a name to the thing that’s “not a Buzzard and much bigger”. Our local farmers aren’t too good at bird ID but they are red hot at counting sheep & cattle or making a bob or two. Anyway I didn’t see a harrier but I did see and hear more than 25 Little Egrets leaving the island roost and 70 or more Greylags coming off the marsh and flying south. A couple of Willow Warblers tuned up ready for the day ahead, not singing but contact calling. I called nex...
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