Bromsgrove goes wild!

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Water vole (c) Tom MarshallWater vole (c) Tom Marshall

Wild rambles, water vole walks, a self-guided trail, bug hunting and a wild passport will all help to kick-start a wild April for Bromsgrove residents.

Bromsgrove Wild Passport front coverStaff and volunteers from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will be running a series of events from 3rd to 9th April to help turn Bromsgrove wild. The week of activities is intended to help local people celebrate the wildlife they can find in and around the town.

Hannah Thomas, engagement officer for the Trust who is co-ordinating the week, explained “Worcestershire has some fantastic wildlife and wild places - and Bromsgrove is no exception.

“The Battlefield Brook in Sanders Park, for example, is one of just two places in Worcestershire where water voles can be found.

“To help residents and visitors to Bromsgrove understand a little more about their fantastic wildlife, there will be a trail through the town, focusing on wildlife gardening, and a wild passport to some of Bromsgrove’s wildlife.

“It’s not just within the town, either. We own and manage some beautiful nature reserves in the Bromsgrove area so will be encouraging people to book onto one of our guided walks or visits to find out more about them.”

From guided walks to family activities

As well as public events and activities, the week is also encouraging children and current Trust members to become more inspired by our local wildlife.

Pond dipping (c) Ruth BourneOn Monday 3rd April, the Trust’s engagement team will be working with schools to kick-start a series of activities from the River Rangers programme. Catshill Middle School will showcase the work they have already done as part of the programme to four other Bromsgrove primary schools.

On Tuesday 4th April the Trust’s Membership Development Officer will be hosting an event for Trust members in the Bromsgrove area at Upton Warren Wetland Reserve off the A38. Upton Warren is a rare inland habitat of saltmarsh and salt and fresh water lagoons and in spring and summer is home to the UK’s first inland-breeding avocets.

On the evening of Wednesday 4th April, the Trust’s Water and Wetlands Officer, Ed Noyes, will be talking to the Trust’s Bromsgrove & NE Worcestershire local supporter group about the Love Your River Bromsgrove project. The group meet at Bournheath Village Hall from 7.30pm and non-Trust members are more than welcome to join in. Admission is £2.50.

On the evenings of Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th April Hannah Thomas will be joining the Woden and Thor Cub packs of 3rd Bromsgrove Scout Group who recently raised more than £300 for the Trust in a sponsored bike ride around Sanders Park.

On Thursday 6th April, Hannah will be joining the volunteer Reserve Warden, Ivan Richards, for a guided walk of Piper’s Hill and Dodderhill Common nature reserve, known locally as Hanbury Woods. Piper’s Hill has a fascinating story of history, wildlife and management. The cost is £6.00 per person and the walk takes place from 10am, booking is essential on 01905 754919.

On Friday 7th April, Chairman of the Trust’s Bromsgrove local supporter group, Gordon Forrest, will explore another of the Trust’s nature reserves. Chaddesley Woods National Nature Reserve is just outside the village of Chaddesley Corbett and is Worcestershire’s second largest block of woodland. The walk starts at 2pm and costs £6.00 per person, booking is essential on 01905 754919.

Birdwatching at Upton Warren (c) Wendy Carter

The Trust’s supporter group based in Redditch is visiting Upton Warren Wetland Reserve on Saturday 8th April. Members and non-members are more than welcome to join the group, booking is essential with Peter Beckhelling, the group’s Chairman The visit is free for members carrying their membership card or £3.00 for a day permit for non-members.

To round off the week, Hannah will be running Wild about Bromsgrove! From 11am until 3pm in Sanders Park on Sunday 9th April. There will be stream dipping, bug hunting and a trail around the park. Hannah will be joined by Ed Noyes who will also be running mini water vole walks. Activities are free but donations will be welcomed.

Throughout the week there will be a garden wildlife-themed trail around the town – shops and cafes will have signs in their windows. Participants that find and record all the signs should take their trail to the event in Sanders Park on Sunday 9th April to receive their first sticker on the way to a Hedgehog Award that celebrates the exploration of nature.

A pocket-sized passport to Bromsgrove’s wildlife will also be available to help families explore the town’s natural world. Passports can be taken along to Wild about Bromsgrove on Sunday 9th or enjoyed at home.

Town trails and passports can both be collected from Hoyti Toyti toy shop on Bromsgrove’s high street or Sanders Park Cafe. The two will also be available to download from the Wild about Bromsgrove events listing from Friday 31st March or from the bottom of this page.

Wild Weeks are also taking place in Worcester (29th May - 4th June), Evesham (24th-30th July) and Malvern (2nd-10th September).


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