Discover Thurstaston Common

We all love and enjoy Thurstaston Common and everything it brings to the Wirral, but how well do you know Thurstaston Common? Our monthly guide tells you more about what wildlife to look out for and fantastic things to see and do.
 

What's happening in July?


Wildlife highlights

There are some beautiful butterflies and dragonflies around, and you can also find heathland reptiles enjoying the warmth.

Keep a look out for the green tiger beetle. With it's brilliant metallic colours you may see it scurrying across one of the sandy paths. 

Things to do

Dragonflies are on the wing hunting for other insects. If you put a stick into the groun near water, you can wait for one to land. 

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How to find Thurstaston Common

There are two free parking areas at Thurstaston.

Option 1 at Thurstaston Hill:
Thurstaston Hill carpark just past Cottage Loaf heading North, use the following postcode for satnavs: CH61 0HJ 
Off A540 Telegraph Road, Thurstaston
(BNG Grid: SJ 24630 84583) LAT 53.352740 LON -3.1337737 

Option 2 at Royden Park:
Main car park, use the following postcode for satnavs: CH48 1NP
Off Hill Bark Road, Frankby
(BNG Grid: SJ 24557 85828) LAT 53.363867 LON -3.1350222
 

Make sure you keep an eye on this page to stay abreast of what's happening in Thurstaston Common throughout the year.

What happened in May?


Wildlife highlights

Can you hear them son birds singing the 'dawn chorus'? Well listen a little closer and you might well. Butterflies, dragonflies and damsel flies are emerging from the trees and hedgerows in leafs and flowers. Look out for some lovely woodland flowers and meadow flowers, including celandine, purslane and campion.

Green woodpeckers can also be spotted over the Thurstaston Common heathland. Take a look into the trees in wooded areas. You may even spot a tawny owl sitting on a branch. And one for you early risers - the early spring sun tempts lizards from their slumber...get out early to spot them.

Things to do

Go for a nice stroll and enjoy the spectacular views across North Wales from Thurstaston Common. On a clear day you can see the Clwydian hills to the west, and the Great Orme with Anglesey beyond it. Look to the east, and you can see the Liverpool city skyline, Formby Point, Blackpool Towers and even the Lake District fells.

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What's happened in April?


Wildlife highlights

Aren't you just loving our spring weather so far?! Well the birds seem to like it anyway with summer visitors returning, sea birds nesting and song birds singing!

Thurstaston Common is now starting to look very pretty and colourful with woodland flowers looking very special and trees and hedgerows in leaf. The gorse is in full yellow bloom. This provides a very important source of food for insects. The butterflies are also looking splendid.


Things to do

Look out for our adorable Galloway cattle. Their chewing and chomping helps manage the heathlands and prevents it from becoming overgrown by small birch trees.

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What happened in March?


Wildlife highlights

As spring approaches more birds return and you can hear them singing on the common. The first woodland flowers of the spring will begin to appear. This is called the blackthorn flower (also known as sloe). Plenty of frogs and toads will be prevalent in the ponds. In the last few weeks of the month you will really notice the colour returning to the heathlands and it will look splendind with the bright yellow flowers.


Things to do

If you have a garden pond, you may well find it full of breeding frogs and frog spawn.

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What happened in February


Wildlife highlights

With winter set in for quite a while yet, taking in the wildlife is a little bit of a challenge. You can however find frog spawns in the ponds. Hazel catkins may be seen opening out and birds could flock in wetlands and estuaries. Primroses may start to appear in the woodlands also.


Things to do

If you visit the National Trust's Heswall Fields on the Dee Estuary, you may see up to 10,000 shelduck on the estuary. There are also thousands of ducks and wading birds. Make sure you don't forget your binoculars!

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What happened in January


Wildlife highlights

Though the days are short, the weather is cold, crisp and usually bright. Make the most of the high visuality and look out for bird flocks in the wetlands and estuaries. You can also see frogs returning to the ponds, and thrushes, robins and great tits singing for territories. You might also be lucky enough to hear a great spotted woodpecker drumming against a tree.


Things to do

Walk off all those Christmas treats and burn off some of that excited energy by taking a lovely walk amongst the beautiful Thurstastcon Common scneary. The view overlooking North Wales will make it worthwhile.

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