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Civic Saturday – Hilbre Island

MCS Invades Hilbre Island…

 

Despite a very wet start to the day and our walk over to the island the weather soon changed and it ended up a glorious day both with the weather and the warm welcome we received from the friends of Hilbre island. 

Everyone who came along really enjoyed the day. Matt Thomas the ranger gave us a guided tour of the island and told us all about the wildlife that live on the island and told us some of the birds that visit actually travel from Africa. Our group was very lucky to see the seals bobbing in the waves who were as interested in us and we were of them. 

Then friends of Hilbre island chairman Allen Burton led a tour of the island, its buildings and gave a fascinating history of the island including its age which is 150 million years old. The friends are hoping to open a museum in the future on the island which we cannot wait to return to visit and see it. 

The friends of Hilbre island is a charity and you can become a member and help them with the work they do on the island and keep upto date with the progress and their activities here-

http://www.deeestuary.co.uk/hilbre/join.htm

 

Our walk to the island from West Kirby beach

Council member Trevor Skempton pointing out the great Orme 

The weather started to change as we crossed little Hilbre with Hilbre in site

The buoy house, where many years ago the man responsible for checking the estuary's buoys lived

FOH Chairman Allen Burton telling the group all about the island and its history

The old RNLI building on the island

The boat house 

Allen showing the group the fossils they have found

Some of the stunning views we enjoyed and the sound of the crashing waves

Ranger Matt telling us about the wildlife

This is where we could see the seals who were camera shy, but Allen explained we would be very lucky if we got a photograph, sadly we missed the shot

The stunning views of West Kirby and Liverpool from the former RNLI buildings window

The friends group workshop which had lots of old tools that have been used for many years 

Our day ended with sun shinning and a final tour of the island and even the seals came out to give us a final wave goodbye

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