Programme of Summer Field Excursions 2022

It is recommended that, in the event of adverse weather reports prior to a field trip the leader of the day be contacted. 

Notes for Field Trips:- Field Trips may involve walks of up to 3 miles (c 5 km). If it is known that greater distances are involved this has been shown. Please share cars where possible to minimise parking congestion at sites. The cost of the trip should be divided as agreed by those sharing the car.  A packed lunch should be taken unless the timing of the trip indicates this to be unnecessary. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Field trips end between 3.00pm and 4.00pm unless otherwise stated.

No Dogs. 

The Society uses its best endeavours to ensure the safety of people taking part in its activities. However neither it, nor its officers, nor those leading the activities accept responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience, however caused.



Summer Programme 2022








Sat 30/4/22

Spring at Hay Bridge with Mike Johnson

WI at 9.15am or Hay Bridge CP at 10.00am (SD 336 876) (what3words ///conjured.cabbage.sticky)

Bring packed lunch. 

Bluebells, deer, butterflies, ospreys, migrant woodland birds, adders and grass snakes.

Members free but non-members of Hay Bridge will be expected to make a donation. (This may be done by the society from the donations collected on the day)






Mon 23/5/22


Ormsgill Slag Banks with Chris Winnick.

Meet W.I. at 9.00am or OSB Car Park (SD 192 712) (what3words ///scary.comb.crib) at 10.00am. Finish around 2.30pm.

Booking essential   

See BC Lancs or Cumbria website for details or book your place on this trip directly with Chris Winnick

Contact Chris - or 01539 728254.



Wed 25/5/22


Birds and Butterflies of Barbondale with Paul Trowell.

Meet WI 10.00am, or Barbondale (SD 656 828) (what3words ///coherent.cobble.kilowatt) on the side of the road by the foot bridge at 10.45am.

Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, redstart, cuckoo, butterflies, flora and fauna & red squirrels.



Tues 31/5/22

Hutton Roof with Claire Harris following on from the talk in December on the Green Recovery Morecambe Bay Woodlands Project we will have a guided walk around the work they have done in the morning and then learn some woodcraft skills in the afternoon.

Meet at WI 9.00am or 9.30am at top of Clawthorpe Road where path to Farleton Fell crosses road at SD552788 (What3words ///stir.sneezing.songs)

They will set a moth trap to open at the start. Bring packed lunch and walking shoes.

Option to just do morning or afternoon, please let MJ know if you are coming for afternoon only as we will need to meet you to take you to the site. 15-minute walk.






Tues 7/6/22

Sefton Coast with Trevor Davenport. Following on from Trevor’s talk in January 2021 we will meet at beach car park near sands lake in Ainsdale at 10.30am then a walk to the Green Beach to see flora, Northern Dune Tiger moth and birds. In the afternoon we will walk from the discovery centre to see bee orchids, marsh orchids and other dune flowers, with butterflies, dragonflies and birds finish about 4.30pm. Trevor will run his moth trap.

Meet WI 8.30 car share where possible 72 miles and car park is £10. Go to Ainsdale near Southport, aiming towards Pontins Southport holiday home, take shore road down to the beach, there is a pay kiosk, go through onto the beach then turn left and go along the beach 1/3 mile until you come to fence park there and we will walk around dunes.

(What3words/// owes.fatigued.prevents is the kiosk on shore road) Pontins postcode for satnav PR8 2PZ for guidance only proceed to Beach car park.

Bring Packed lunch



Sat 11/6/22

Warton Crag History, Flora & Fauna with Elaine King.

The walk around the lower crag for 2-3 hours

WI 10.00am or Warton Crag Quarry car park 10.30am (SD 4917

 7235) (what3words ///fabricate.reclaim.extreme)

Bring packed lunch and wear stout shoes or boots.



Tues 21/6/22

Meathop & Foulshaw Mosses with Pete Stevens. Meet W.I. at 9:30am or Foulshaw Moss car park 

(SD 458 838) (what3words ///depravity.ownership.chefs ) at 10.00am, finish around 3pm.

Targets, White faced darter and Large Heath.

Lunch at Latterbarrow then on to Meathop Moss.

Meet at the CWT FOULSHAW MOSS car park off the A590 at to approach from the east but beware the short notice (CWT sign) to make the left turn off this fast road.

We plan to have our packed lunch at the nearby CWT Latterbarrow reserve (SD 440 828), old road by the side of the Derby Arms (5 min drive) with its wonderful wild-flowers and freshly emerged Northern Brown Argus butterflies before visiting Meathop Moss CWT nature reserve (SD 447 820) another five min away by car.

Note walking at Foulshaw and Meathop is on the level.

(Best to car share from Latterbarrow as very limited car parking at Meathop.)



Sun 26/6/22

Wildlife garden – follow up to Alison McLeod’s winter talk on the development of their wildlife garden. Moth traps will be set the night before.

9.30am The Sun House, Silverdale. LA5 0UA. (SD 460 737)

Please Park on Hollins Lane (near the Wolf house café) or on Lindeth road and walk to the garden. Do not drive into Ridgeway Park

Directions: Take the lane which leads from Gibraltar Farm towards Jenny Brown's Point.

Come in through the gates of Ridgeway Park (ignore the private signs), then immediately take the gravel track on the right which leads to the Sun House.



Tues 28/6/22

A botanical walk in the Coldwell Meadow/Coldwell Parrock/Back Wood/Silverdale Moss area with Roger Spooner.

Meet Gait Barrows car park (SD 478 775) (what3words ///bounded.clapper.cosmetic) 10.00am.

Packed lunch advisable.






Wed 20/7/22

Evening tour of Arnside swift nests with Peter Moreton.   

Meet Arnside Educational Institute car park (SD 4569 7874) (what3words ///thread.giants.headrest ) at 20.30pm to finish 22.30pm.   



Wed 27/7/22

Evening Bat Walk at Leighton Moss with Gail Armstrong. Using Bat detectors to identify the Bats and see the roost in the RSPB boiler house

Meet 9pm at Leighton Moss RSPB car park (SD 476 750) (what3words ///thread.giants.headrest ).






Thurs 11/8/22

Flora & Fauna of North Walney NNR with Jim Turner (NE) & Pete Stevens.

Meet Arnside WI 9.30am or West Shore car park on Walney Island (SD 171 699) (what3words ///oils.front.shiny ) 10.30am for a 30-minute walk to NNR.



Tues 16/8/22

Flora of Heald Brow, the salt marsh at Jenny Brown’s point and Jack Scout with Jill Webb

WI 9.40am or 10.00 am at the layby in Hollins Lane where the public footpath from Woodwell joins Hollins Lane (SD 4646 7419) (what3words ///cheat.sized.champions).

There is space for about four cars, with additional parking at Woodwell and further down the lane outside the Wolf House. Bring packed lunch.



Fri 19/8/22

Heysham NR with David Talbot

Dragonflies, butterflies and hopefully a few nesting warblers.

WI at 9.15am or 10.00am at Middleton boating lake car park (SD 4189 5906) (what3words ///counts.reinstate.invested).






Mon 12/9/22

South Walney Reserve to view winter migrant birds, seals, butterflies, fauna and flora. With Paul Trowell.

Meet at WI 8.30am or South Walney car park 9.45 am (SD 215 620) (what3words/// stance.fried.wealth)

High tide is 12.30pm so we can walk out to hides and view Birds and Seals.

Please note entry is free to Wildlife Trust members but £3 charge for non-members.

Bring packed lunch.




Any last-minute changes, will be posted on the website.

Contact details for trip co-ordinators: 


Mike Johnson 07540767744

Pete Stevens 07933292182

Paul Trowell 015395 64096

Jill Webb 01524 701497

Roger Spooner 01524 701619

David Talbot 07774686896

Alison McLeod 07473049220

Pete Moreton 01524 762043