Parkgate High Tides - Will They or Won't They?
|Author: Paul Brady||Published: 2nd March 2012 14:43|
With just days to go before our first Parkgate high tide event of the year, there is much excitement in the air as numerous phonecalls, emails and enquiries begin to ask the familiar old questions.
- Where is the best place to go?
- What is the best time to be there?
- What is the best day to come?
- Will the tide come all the way in?
High Tide at Parkgate by Chris Smith
The answer is that even we don't really know the answers and isn't that just the best thing about nature, that even we cannot, with all our modern technology and experience, predict exactly what, where and when.
The only thing we can say with some conviction is that if you are not there and the tide does come in rapidly then you will definitely miss out on arguably the best wildlife spectacle in the North.
For those of you who have not been before then this is probably the only time that the layman can see the true value of protecting such a vast wilderness, as hundreds of small mammals and thousands of birds flee the incoming waters (NB for the lovers of tooth and claw nature, this fleeing wildlife spectacle obviously attracts the attention of the local predators such as short-eared owls, hen harriers and foxes).
If you have never seen a brown hare swimming, a water rail taking refuge in a back pack nor a skylark taking cover in a car, then get yourself down to the Old Baths car park, Parkgate, just a few hundered metres from the Boathouse Pub. RSPB Staff and Volunteers will be on hand with telescopes to explain all the shenanigans on the following days:
Friday 9th March, Saturday 10th March, Sunday 11th March
All events start at 9am for us and the hardened birdwatchers but feel free to pop along anytime until early afternoon.
Further Info - http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-301081
Or phone 0151 353 8478/336 7681
Paul Brady, RSPB