Welcome to the Friends of Dibbinsdale

Kingfishers.  Great news the kingfishers are back.  After being absent for the past two years we are delighted to see one ,or hopefully more, back along the river.  There have been quite a few reliable sightings recently and one of our regular visitors has managed to get a decent photo.  The kingfishers disappeared as a result of the very hard winter in 2012/13 during which the river actually froze over for most of its length.

New Park Benches.  Two new benches have been installed, by the volunteer team, in the Spital Fields area of the park.  Great for relaxing in the sun and enjoying the wonderful views or just sitting and getting your breath back after climbing the ‘Tunnel Steps’. See the Volunteers Diary page for photos.

Theatre in the Park  After Alice we have another production for your delight…..The Alice in Wonderland Show was a great success and as a follow up we are having a murder mystery afternoon. Do come along and see if you can solve the crime……..

Please visit our News & Events page for more details.

Work on a second outdoor shelter, that the Rangers tractor will actually fit into, is now completed. The old leanto shed was demolished with amazing ease as all the bases of the supports were rotten. The new one has been built to last!

Visitor Centre Developments. The roof of the Visitors Centre has been replaced/repaired. This should stop the leaking that made it damp and unsuitable for display of any dry materials.  We have also installed a large TV in the centre (kindly donated by a Friend) on which we can display pictures taken in the park.  If you have any photos  you would like to share with our visitors please send them to the ranger.(digital format only please)

Pond Work…The large fishing pond near the rangers office has been de-silted. This is to improve the nature of the pond and took about three days. Fishing during this work will not be advisable.  The pond cleared relatively quickly and fishing now seems back to normal. There has been much less algal bloom this year – it looks like the work was very beneficial.

We held our second  Winter Warmer on Dec 7th 2014 and it was a great success. Everybody who came seemed to enjoy themselves and have a good time. Making Xmas decorations proved to be very popular, (if not always ending up with the desired result!) as did the excellent burgers and of course all to the live carol singing from the choir.

Outdoor Theatre arrives in Dibbinsdale…..The Studio Players presented “Mary Queen of Scots” in the Walled Garden (behind the Visitor Centre) on Saturday 16th August .  Many of the audience arrived early and brought picnics.  The rain held off and an excellent evening was had by all.

A brief survey last April noted about 80 different plant species growing in the Reserve and there will undoubtedly be more to add to the list as more areas are surveyed and the Summer arrives. (More details to follow). A new technique for surveying the habitat called Rapid Assessment Method is now being trialed by Cheshire Wildlife Trust and several area within Dibbinsdale are now being surveyed this way.

Boden’s Hey Meadow was full of wild flowers last June. There were significant areas of Yellow-Rattle (also called Hay-Rattle). This is very important as it helps keep the grasses in check and permits other wild flowers to grow.  These include common spotted orchids, a range of clovers (white, red & zig-zag), birdsfoot trefoil , black knapweed (aka hardhead) and betony. We have also found crosswort which has small flowers with a peculiar honey-like scent.

In addition to the lovely wild flowers the meadow now also has a new seat This was designed and adorned with carved owls by Alan ,our Ranger. It was erected on site by a team from North Wirral Rotary Club.  For a good look at the seat and the great view it affords a visit is highly recommended.

 

Bodgers Shed.  A major project to build a Bodgers Shed for woodland crafts is now underway. The original shed was very old and had become unsafe.  The new structure is now complete and fitted out with traditional greenwood working equipment including pole lathes and shave horses. See the Projects page for details.

Brotherton Park and Dibbinsdale Local Nature Reserve is located between Map Of DibbinsdaleBromborough and Spital on the Wirral. It broadly borders the course of the River Dibbin for almost two miles.  Many different wildlife habitats are represented in the Reserve including ancient woodland, willow carr, reed beds and wild flower meadows.  It also includes areas associated with the Victorian estate such as managed parkland, a walled garden and a fishing pond. There is also a Visitor Centre located, as is the Rangers Office, in the buildings that were once the estate stables.