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Winter Warmer with Christmas Crafts

Sunday 7th December 2014

 1pm to 4pm in the Walled Garden 

The Dibbinsdale Local Nature Reserve Ranger and the Friends of Dibbinsdale cordially invite you to our Winter Warmer BBQ and Crafts event.  As well as the BBQ we are planning on having a Bonfire with real Roast Chestnuts, Traditional crafts, Refreshments, Visiting Choir for entertainment, Owls, Face painting,  and activities for all the family.  Come along and join us and have a go at making some seasonal decorations.  FREE admission.

See Events page for Location and details.

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 recent (late April) brief survey 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).

Boden’s Hey Meadow is now (June) full of wild flowers. There are 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. 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.