The volunteers of the North Merseyside Amphibian & Reptile Group have been studying Sefton’s endangered Sand Lizards for several years, perfecting techniques for finding them and recognising the unique colour-
The Cheshire ecologist, Dr Hilary Ash, came to see the Formby Black Poplars on 28th. She confirmed that we have at least five different types: three hybrids, the Native Black Poplar (Populus nigra ssp. betulifolia) and what may be a French form of the latter. Further research is underway to finalise identifications of these trees, which are of considerable historic interest.
A guided visit to Altcar Rifle Range on 15th was rewarded with the amazing sight of over 21,000 of the rare and beautiful Green-
Bird highlights this month included the first Pallid Swift for North Merseyside and Lancashire at Seaforth/Crosby, which kept reappearing for several weeks. Also popular were the parties (or “trips”) of Dotterels which alighted on Plex Moss between 5th and 10th. Unfortunately, these colourful birds were frequently disturbed by crowds of birders, some of whom failed to observe the first rule of mossland bird-