PARAGLIDERS and model aircraft flying enthusiasts can take up their hobbies in Wirral again as lockdown rules continue to ease.

Model aircraft flying by the Wirral Radio Control Flying Society resumed at Arrowe Country Park on Wednesday.

Paragliding by North Wales Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club (NWHGPGC) can resume from tomorrow (Saturday) at Wirral Country Park in Thurstaston.

Only authorised model aircraft clubs and paragliders can use Wirral's open spaces.

Coronavirus safety measures have been put in place to ensure all activity is in line with Government advice and is being reinforced by the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) and British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA).

Cllr Julie McManus, Wirral cabinet member for community services, said: "I'm pleased that a number of residents will be able to resume activities and hobbies such as Paragliding and Model Aircraft Flying.

"It's also important to remember that we all still need to take care and be considerate of others.

"Whether you are visiting Arrowe Country Park or Wirral Country Park, please take care when activities are going on, maintain a safe distance and avoid busy areas."

As per the Licence Agreement, no aircraft can fly unless the licensee registers the aircraft with the British Model Flying Association.

The NWHGPGC also have specific club rules for paragliding at Wirral Country Park that can be found online to ensure the activity is considerate of other park users.

Paragliding is only allowed for NWHGPGC members, at the approved launch point at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston, under the club’s existing agreement with Wirral Council.

With travel restrictions in Wales still in place, Wirral Country Parks' launch point is only available to members of the NWHGPGC, based in England.