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Volunteer Warden’s Report: July 2019

May 3rd to July 19th 2019 The Windmill has been open to the public three times during this period. This is any ever-popular event with good attendances each time. Tumbledown Hill was cleared in preparation for a visit by John Kuzmjak’s relatives. They were pleased to see the site and hear of the fall that John had had there some years ago. A fire risk was identified behind the fence of Hillside Farm so the trees and bushes there have been cut back. At lot of litter was also found here and much of that was removed but some heavy items could not be carried in the litter bags. Many … Continue reading

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Volunteer Warden’s Report: Early Spring 2019

February 15 to April 19, 2019 Sadly, I have to report that “American” John passed away in Arrowe Park Hospital on 13th April. He had been a stalwart member of the Friday Group for many years but retired nearly two years ago. The “Ribbon” area of clearing has been completed, creating good sight lines from Windmill Ridge towards Liverpool. The bushes and trees cut down have been piled up to establish wildlife habitats for insects and birds and so play a part in Nature’s food chain. Near to this area, an ancient quarry has been cleared to form a wetland habitat and a frog was recently seen there. The path … Continue reading

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Bidston Hill News – March 2019

Now that spring is here, we can start to get ready for the summer months and we are making plans for the Hill. During the autumn and winter, much work was undertaken by our hard-working volunteers and the following is an indication of what has been done: Some of the taller bushes and trees were removed on North Heath. This was at the Two-Bench View Point on Windmill Ridge and the aim was to increase the range of view here, particularly towards Wales. On the opposite side, looking towards Liverpool, clearing of Birch and Gorse took place and it was decided to create a cleared strip called “The Ribbon.” The … Continue reading

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Volunteer Warden’s Report: Winter 2018-19

Friday Group December 2018 saw the continuation of clearing Birch and Gorse from around the two-bench Viewpoint on Windmill Ridge (North Heath). Looking toward Liverpool, it was decided to create a cleared strip of called “The Ribbon.” Clearing a strip some 15 to 20-foot-wide from the Ridge and reaching as far as Taylors Wood, would improve the sightline and also act as a fire-break. Within this cleared area, the wetland parts are being improved for wildlife and habitats for creatures made by piling up cut-down material. Further progress in cutting “The Ribbon” was made in January this year. Looking a little bit further ahead to Spring and Summer, the Friends … Continue reading

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Volunteer Warden’s Report – October 2018

During April and May, the Group were active in cutting down Birch and Gorse on South Heath to open up Heather growing areas. Wirral Council purchased some “Tree Poppers,” a device to lever out trees from their roots. These levers were very effective in removing Birch saplings but didn’t work on Gorse bushes; the roots of these are too extensive underground. The first Bidston Hill Open Day was held in May, in very good weather and was a great success, many people coming to the Windmill, Observatory, Punch and Judy (at the Farm) and a Viking display (also at the Farm). Sadly, in June, one of our stalwart supporters, Ron … Continue reading

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Volunteer Warden’s Report: April-June 2018

In order to reduce fires, Birch and Gorse were cut down in April on a part of South Heath. The Heather was revealed and looked very attractive for a short while until, at the beginning of the current heat wave, this area was blackened by fire. An Open Day was held in May and, blessed with sunny weather, it was successful in publicising Bidston Hill; The Windmill, Observatory, Lighthouse and Farm receiving many visitors. Using the new “Tree Poppers”, in May a large number of young Birch saplings were dug up from the edge of Taylor’s Wood, not far from the car park. These lever-type implements were found to be … Continue reading

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Volunteer Warden’s Report, July-September 2017

On average, six/seven people attend the Friday Group. A number of tool purchases have been made, the FOBH now have 2 pairs of secateurs, 2 pairs of shears, 4 pairs of simple loppers, 4 pairs of extending loppers.  All have been engraved FOBH and a number.  It is planned to buy some bow saws and this will make the Friends independent of the Farm for tools. On North Heath, near to the Windmill, burnt gorse has been cut down and birch cleared away from heather growing area. A large party turned out in early August to cut away ivy and sycamore from the sandstone walls of the Observatory and Lighthouse: … Continue reading

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Volunteers Needed

Friday Group Each week we have a Friday Group that do various tasks on Bidston Hill, organised by our local Ranger. So if you have some time to spare and don’t mind getting ‘stuck in’, why not come along at around 10.00am on a Friday morning? We meet at the Tam O’Shanter Farm and have a cup of tea and a friendly chat before starting work. Tasks include; litter picking, pruning of trees, shrubs and gorse, path maintenance and a whole lot more. We are a friendly lot and you will be providing a very useful contribution to the work done by our volunteers. We hold various events as well … Continue reading

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