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Issue:-  1 August 2013

Discover nature's home this summer at RSPB Marshside

SUMMER is a fantastic time to get closer to nature and this August will be no exception as RSPB Marshside invites everyone to take part in a variety of exciting wildlife activities.

From joining a Saltmarsh Safari to learning how to attract nature into your own garden, people of all ages are encouraged to discover the amazing wildlife on their doorstep.

Alex Pigott, Reserve Warden at RSPB Marshside, said:- "With the launch of the RSPB's new campaign, Giving Nature a Home, these events are a great way for people to find out what creatures live in the area and how everyone can give nature a helping hand in their own gardens or outdoor space."

The activities begin on Sunday, 4 August 2013, with Tidal Time Travel; a free guided walk around the RSPB reserve at Marshside. Participants can step back in time with the help of the North Meols Civic Society to uncover the rich coastal history of the area. The walk starts at 10am, at the historic fog bell on Marshside Road.

A Saltmarsh Safari on 18 August 2013, is the perfect opportunity to discover more about the amazing habitat and the fantastic creatures that have made their home at the reserve, from prehistoric looking bugs to wonderful waders. The event runs from 10 am-12 noon and is priced at £2 for RSPB members, £4 for non-RSPB members. Under 18s are free. Booking is essential.

Families can enjoy a day of activities from 10am to 3pm on Thursday, 22 August 2013, at a special Giving Nature a Home event. From building bug boxes to carrying out mini beast hunts or getting creative with free crafts, there will be plenty to do at this family fun day; alongside the chance to pick up tips on how to give nature a home.  Entrance to the reserve is free; however there will be a charge for some activities.

Anthony Carr, Volunteer Intern at RSPB Marshside, said:- "This will be a great opportunity for families to come and take part in activities to see how they can give nature a home, no matter where they live. Even the smallest actions can make a big difference."

To help reserve staff to create homes for nature, a Make Hay if the Sun Shines event will be held on Sunday, 25 August 2013, offering people to chance to help build hay stacks for some of the reserve's smaller residents. The event is free and will run from 10am to 3pm.

Alex added:- "Hay stacks, just like compost heaps, are a great way to provide shelter and a home for many different mini beasts and small mammals. This event is another great way to support the RSPB's campaign and help to give nature a home."

All events are taking place at RSPB Marshside, Southport. For more full details about these events and how to book, please visit:-  For more information on Giving Nature a Home please visit

Popular Park Pedaloes Return

PEDALOES are returning to Sefton Park in time for the school summer holiday.  A fleet of 6 pedaloes will be available for hire at the Park's lake throughout the holidays.  Pedaloes were introduced to the park last year (2012), the 1st time boating had taken place there for many years.  "The pedaloes proved to be a very popular addition to Sefton Park's attractions last summer so we were very pleased that we could bring them back this summer.  We want to make our parks and green spaces full of life and animation and the pedaloes are a great way of doing that.  And, if we have the same hot weather we have enjoyed in the last few weeks, what better way will there be of cooling off than taking a pedaloe trip on the lake!" said Councillor Peter Mitchell, Mayoral Lead on Parks and Open Spaces.  The pedaloes are operated by the charity Local Solutions and they cost £5 per vessel to hire.

Southport's FREE Open Top Tour Service every Sunday throughout the summer n

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THE Merseyside Transport Trust will be in Southport operating a FREE Open Top Tour Service every Sunday throughout the summer until 25 August 2013, with an additional day on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August 2013.   The service will be FREE and the traditional Southport Open Top Buses now owned, preserved & restored by Merseyside Transport Trust will be operating the service. The bus crews are all volunteers. The MTT is an non-profit making organisation with the sole aim of preserving Merseyside's Transport heritage for future generations to enjoy.  The hourly service will operate from the usual Open Top Tour Bus Stop by the Carousel end of the Pier.  Please visit our website for details of our vehicle collection, forthcoming events, membership & vehicle sponsorship at:-

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