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Short-ARS to Hilbre Island

20th March 2013 @ 7:07am – by Webteam
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The Short-ARS walk this Saturday, the 23rd March, will be to Hilbre Island.

We leave Audlem Main car park at 9.30am – about an hour's drive to West Kirby, our starting point.

Steve Elliott, who will be leading the walk, says:-

"The Hilbre Islands Local Nature Reserve is contained within the Dee Estuary on the north west coast of England. The Dee Estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, a Ramsar Site which is a Wetland of International Importance and a candidate for EU Special Area of Conservation.

"The three tidal islands, Little Eye, Little Hilbre and Hilbre Island have lots of birds, so bring some binoculars and cameras.

"The walk is very straightforward – and very flat! The sand is firm but obviously will be wet, so waterproof walking boots are a must. There is a safe recommended route across to Hilbre that I will be taking. It's less than 2 miles to the island and access is safe for 3 hours each side of low water. This is predicted to be 14.50 next Saturday, so leaving the Marina at about 11am gives us lots of time. There is no shelter on the island, so dress accordingly. I propose that we have a picnic lunch on the island before returning.

"Dogs are fine, but must be on a lead whilst on the island.

"If anyone would like more information about Hilbre and its wildlife I suggest they use this link. "


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