A feather in the cap for Mersey Ferries with new cruise

Tue, June 26th, 2018

Mersey Ferries announces the launch of a new-look bird watching and nature...

The cruise will be run in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Nature fans can rejoice as Mersey Ferries has announced plans to bring back its popular 'Liverbird' Bird Watching & Nature Discovery Cruise.

The cruise allows passengers the chance to see a range of wildlife up close, with previous sightings of long-tailed skuas, peregrine falcons, osprey and Atlantic grey seals being reported by passengers onboard.

For 2018, Mersey Ferries is working alongside the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to host the cruise on the River Mersey, sailing towards the Irish Sea.

Sailing across the river and going out into the bay on Sunday, August 19, the cruise offers a unique day out for families and both new and experienced wildlife watchers.

Experts will also be on-hand to answer questions and to help passengers identify all the animals spotted throughout the cruise.

Gary Evans from Mersey Ferries, said: “We’re delighted to be launching the improved version of our bird watching and nature discovery cruise. For the first time this year we’re working alongside the RSPB who will offer our passengers a great deal of insight and expertise into the River Mersey’s wildlife.

“We know from customer feedback that there’s a huge appetite for this type of unique day out, with many keen nature enthusiasts and ‘twitchers’ from the North West wanting the opportunity to explore the Mersey’s river banks.”

Jayne Rigby from the RSPB, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Mersey Ferries again on the Liverbird cruises. There is so much nature to discover on the Mersey - you don’t have to be an expert to come along, as we will be on hand to help spot the birds and other wildlife, so we hope to see many people joining us on these fantastic cruises.”

A limited number of binoculars to help see the animals up close, will also be available to hire from the RSPB during the cruise for a rental fee of £2.

Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £7.50 for children. A Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) can also be purchased for £40. ?

The cruise will depart on Sunday, August 19, from Seacombe at 11am and Pier Head Liverpool at 11.10am. The cruise will last for three hours, with light refreshments and snacks available for purchase on board. ?

For more information or to book tickets, call the Mersey Ferries ticket office on 0151 330 1003, visit any of Mersey

Ferries terminals or visit the Mersey Ferries website: https://www.merseyferries.co.uk/eve

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