Marvellous moths at Marshside
Last modified: 19 June 2012
Celebrate National Moth Night at RSPB Marshside nature reserve on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June.
This annual celebration is the perfect opportunity to delve into the amazing world of moths. As dark falls, the reserve will welcome a multicoloured splendour of elephants, sharks and flames and many other varieties of moths all found roaming the reserve at night.
The event takes place at Sandgrounders’ hide on Saturday 23 June from 9.30pm to 11.45pm as they switch on the humane light traps to encourage the moths in. RSPB staff and volunteers will be on hand to catch and identify any moths as they come to the light. On Sunday, arrive at 6.30am to watch as they open the traps to uncover and identify the catch. Please bring sunglasses as the lights are very bright.
Alex Pigott, RSPB reserve warden, said ‘RSPB Marshside is home to an array of fantastic wildlife species, and as night falls, some of the more elusive ones come to life. ’Our moth events offer a rare opportunity to see some of these beautiful species which are usually only out and about when we are tucked up asleep in bed.’
Each event is £2 RSPB members/ £3 non RSPB members (under 18 free). Sunday is FREE if you attend the Saturday evening event as well.
Booking is essential due to limited places, please call The Ribble Discovery Centre on 01253 796292.
RSPB Marshside nature reserve is open every day, free of charge. Volunteers are available to help visitors find and identify birds every day from 8.30am to 5pm in our Sandgrounders’ hide.
As well as seeing a variety of moths, this is a great time of year to see wader chicks including avocets and lapwings feeding on the marsh.
Free parking is available in the Sefton Council car park opposite the junction of Marshside Road and Marine Drive. For more details phone: 01704 226190 or visit www.rspb.org.uk/marshside
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