Thurstaston Common

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Royden Park and Thurstaston Common comprise almost 250 acres of both semi-natural and planted woodland, heathland and open parkland.

The parkland around Hillbark offers a range of wildlife habitats with its deciduous and coniferous woodland, grass meadow and fresh water. Birds which regularly occur around the Mere and meadow areas include Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Green Woodpecker. Around the meres and meadows are woodland plantations of Scots and Corsican Pine, Turkey Oak, Birch and rhododendron. Although the wildlife value of these pine areas is relatively limited they do support numbers of Grey Squirrels, Goldcrests and occasionally Crossbills. The woodland areas of Thurstaston Common and Irby Hill on the other hand have developed as part of the natural succession from heathland to birch woodland. The mature birch then help to create the conditions for Rowan and Oak to become established, a succession which would eventually lead to mature oak woodland.

However, the beauty of heathland hides a living community of highly specialised plants and animals. It is this adaptation and specialisation which makes heathland so important. Thurstaston Common has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve because of its regional importance as a heathland and due to the occurrence of locally endangered plants and habitats.

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Wirral, Merseyside, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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Take the A5027 (or from Wallasey take the M53 to Upton and then the B5139 via Greasby to Frankby Green. Turn left along Hillbark Road to Royden Park gates. From Chester or West Kirby Take the A540 and then the B5140 (Montgomery Hill) turn right to Royden Park gates.


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