Friday, 4 March 2022

More progress on the Dales

Work to clear and widen the path from the Oldfield Road entrance up to and beyond the granite bench has continued, giving great views across the estuary and across the heathland on the inland side. Access for equipment is much improved – the Wirral Council Land Rover and trailer can now get much further  - and disposing of cut material has been carried out locally using the portable burning platform – saving a huge amount of time and labour compared to moving it all back to the Ranger’s Cottage. In addition, the Ranger team based at Thurstaston works flexibly and can concentrate its Dales’ work on particular days, especially volunteering sessions on Wednesdays. The result? Lots of progress. Go and have a look – and there’s still plenty of work for volunteers if you would like some first class Green Gym: call Ranger Chris Werney on 07767 474478. 

What else? Our appeal for funds for the planned Dales lectern has gone out to our members, but if you’re not a member and would like to donate please let us know: http://friendsheswalldales@gmail.com

The recent storms have done little damage (Arwen cleared out the more vulnerable trees) but dog dirt remains a problem as does an outbreak of wild camping (leaving a huge mess) near the Rock Face round the corner from the Piper’s Lane entrance.  If you see anything please let the Ranger know.

But spring is now near – just listen to the birdsong. How many species can you recognise?


Thursday, 16 December 2021

Happy Christmas and New Year to all and a quick update

Work on the Dales has carried on through the recent bad weather as the volunteers and the Rangers continue to clear scrub near the marble bench and on the path down from Quarry Road West. The clearance has greatly improved the views over the Dee estuary and across some of the heather panels and has also improved the access for the Ranger's vehicles. The work has been well received by Dales walkers and by Natural England (the statutory body that looks after Sites of Special Scientific Interest like the Dales) who visited recently. For more info on recent and planned work see the recent Friends Newsletter. 

Best wishes to all - enjoy the Dales and keep safe.  

Friday, 10 December 2021

November newsletter

November 2021 Newsletter
In case you missed it, the November 2021 newsletter was finally posted in the 'Newsletters' archive. Members will have received their own .pdf file version of it by email  - as always, please feel free to pass it on to anyone else who might be interested in what is happening on Heswall Dales.


 

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Heswall Dales Open Day - October 9th

Look out for the Friends of Heswall Dales on Saturday 9th October from 10.30: they will be in the Dales to answer your questions and ask for your ideas on what else we should be doing to conserve and enhance this special place.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Interactive map of Heswall Dales

We've recently completed a major update of the walking map of the Dales. Visitors can now use the map on their phone or tablet during their walk and touch/click the online information points to help locate features of the North Wales coastline, to learn more about the local flora or use the pictures and birdsong to help identify birds that they have spotted on the Dales.  To access and download the map go to the "Your Visit" section on this website and follow the instructions to the link. We have included the QR code that gives direct access to the map in the Dales notice boards (including the new notice board at Bushway) and we have now placed QR codes at all the various entrances. These allow downloads to phones or tablets directly. 
Please let us know your experiences of using the new map and how it might be improved/added to in the future via friendsheswalldales@gmail.com

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

November newsletter

November 2020 Newsletter
The November newsletter is now posted in the 'Newsletters' archive - you will see that despite Covid a lot of things have been moving along on the Dales. Members will receive their own .pdf file version of it by email  - please feel free to pass it on to anyone else who might be interested in what is happening on Heswall Dales.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Heswall Dales awarded Green Flag

Heswall Dales has been awarded the prestigious "Green Flag" status at our first attempt - see http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk/park-summary/?park=3862
This award recognises the quality of the work done at the Dales in the management of the site and promoting and encouraging its use. It reflects the efforts of Wirral Council (especially local team manager Luke Bithell and Ranger Chris Werney), the Dales volunteers and the Dales Friends group. Well done everyone! We do actually receive a Green Flag and are now looking for the best place to site the flag-pole!