Friday, 17 July 2020

July 2020 Newsletter
A July newsletter has now been posted in the 'Newsletters' archive. Members will receive their own .pdf file version of it by email and should feel free to pass it on to anyone else who might be interested in what is happening on Heswall Dales.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Volunteer work restarts on the Dales

Volunteer work is restarting in Wirral's green spaces, including Heswall Dales. If you are interested in joining the Dales volunteer team please contact Ranger Chris Werney on 07767 474478 or at christopherwerney@wirral.co.uk. Chris will brief you on the work planned and the Covid related safety measures that will apply. Sessions run from 10.00 to 15.30 on Wednesdays and if you want to work mornings only or afternoons only that's fine. Meet at the Rangers's Cottage next to Dale Farm.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Friends of Heswall Dales AGM

AGM reports have been emailed to members of the Friends today. If you have not received those emails, please check your Spam folder. You should have received a Chairman's Report, Treasurer's Report, Nature Report and a request for nominations for the Committee.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Volunteer work suspended on the Dales

As you might expect, all volunteer work on the Dales has been suspended, in response to the COVID 19 crisis. The work this year has concentrated on gorse and birch removal in the central section of the Dales and this would have ended about now anyway, to protect nesting birds. In the summer work would normally move on to fencing and pathway maintenance and, this year, include the installation of more sign posts that we have purchased. (Yes, some people do get lost on the Dales.)
Keep safe and please let the Ranger know of anything which needs urgent attention (contact details below). Let's hope that the volunteers can return before too long.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Defibrillator at Dale Farm

Just in case - Dale Farm have installed a Defibrillator on the wall of their main building (visible from the gate next to the Rangers Cottage). Its all automated, and by opening the Defibrillator door a phone call is triggered for instruction, so no training is needed. When Dale Farm is closed, access is via their top gate at the end of the ramp down from Oldfield Road.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Alison McGovern MP visits the Dales

Our local MP Alison McGovern visited the Dales on 14th February to meet the people who maintain our local treasure: she met some of the Friends committee, some of the volunteers and ranger Chris Werney. After a brief introduction to Dale Farm, we took Alison on a slightly rainy ramble to show her a typical walking route and some of the work done by the volunteers (and the sheer volume of material we remove) and to talk about some of the issues we face in maintaining the rare lowland heath habitat. We ended by enjoying the views across the Dee estuary from the marble bench. Alison has been a member of the Friends for some time: we look forward to seeing her again.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

New Heswall Dales Ranger

Chris Werney has now taken up the post of Heswall Dales Ranger.  Chris knows the Dales well and has worked there before - we look forward to working with him. 
The Dales has been without a Ranger for several months now, so there's a lot of work to be done to catch up: if you would like to join in please contact Chris (07767 474478,  christopherwerney@wirral.gov.uk ). Volunteer sessions take place on Wednesdays, starting at 10.00 and going on to 15.30 (and if you are only available for part of that time, that's fine). Meet at the Rangers Cottage next to Dale Farm.