Worcester goes Wild

Friday 1st April 2016

Exploring wildlife (c) Wendy CarterExploring wildlife (c) Wendy Carter

Worcester is set to go wild about wildlife during the second week of the Easter holidays with events at The Hive and Worcester Woods Country Park.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will be bringing a taste of nature into the city on Thursday 7th April courtesy of the Wild Worcester project, offering stalls with a range of activities and information for both children and adults. The event will take place at the locally renowned The Hive library in the heart of the cathedral city and seeks to involve all those with a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors.

newt illustrationThere will be information on how to get involved with the Trust and unearth your inner conservationist with a chance to question the experts about how to make your garden more wildlife-friendly. 

For those who like to get a little more creative and artistic, there will be ‘bee hotel’ making on offer as well as the chance to uncover how to help our pollinators flourish in a world where they are in decline.

There will also be great crested newt crafting for amphibian aficionados as well as a nature-themed treasure trail.

Jane Sedgeley-Strachan, Wild Worcester Project Officer, said “Our project and events will bring the community together and will hopefully help to raise awareness of local wildlife and the challenges it faces.

“By hosting the event at The Hive, we hope to encourage everyone to celebrate Worcester’s special wildlife and to think more carefully about how we can all do something to help.’

The activities will take place in the children’s section of The Hive commencing at 10am and are set to round off at 4pm.

Wild about Woodlands

Trust staff and vounteers will be making woodland wildlife the centre of attention at Worcester Woods Country Park the following day, Friday 8th April, and will include a variety of free activities from woodland trails to crafts.

Exploring (c) Debs Richardson BullThe activities follow the success of the event during October last year when children could enjoy the crunch of the autumn leaves beneath their feet and explore the woods in all its vibrant glory.

Hannah Thomas, Engagement Officer for the Trust, commented “Spring is the ideal time for families to get a breath of fresh air and see nature come to life with flowers beginning to blossom, birds chirping in the trees and butterflies fluttering across the fields.’

There will be a range of adventure-fuelling activities on offer including a bug hunt where participants will be provided with microscopes to get up close to intriguing insects as well as their own equipment and identification sheets to look for their own bugs.

Gazebos packed full of information will offer the opportunity to find out how to do your bit to help wildlife this spring. The Trust’s Wild Worcester project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be encouraging visitors to log their sightings of wildlife across the city.

There will be a spring trail to follow through the woodland, with prizes up for grabs upon completion.

The Worcester Local Group will also be there to talk to people about their walks, talks and work for the Trust, making it an ideal event for locals to find out about more wildlife activities in their area.

The event will begin at 11am and will round off at 3pm. There are no costs for the activities and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are welcome.

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