Wild Worcester Week!

Monday 22nd May 2017

River Severn, Worcester (c) Hannah ThomasRiver Severn, Worcester (c) Hannah Thomas

Pond dipping, bug hunting, guided walks and volunteer taster sessions will all help to make Worcester residents go wild and get ready for this year’s 30 Days Wild.

Staff and volunteers from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will be running a series of events from 29th May to 4th June to help turn Worcester wild. The week of activities is intended to help local people celebrate the wildlife they can find in and around the city.

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

“It is a national stronghold for slow-worms, there are peregrines nesting in the city most years and there is an abundance of life along Britain’s longest river, the River Severn.

Exploring The Pumphouse Environmental Centre“To help residents and visitors to Worcester understand a little more about their fantastic wildlife, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will be teaming up with Worcester City Council and Duckworth Worcestershire Trust and others for events taking place across the city and outskirts.

“We’ve got events at Gheluvelt Park and Newtown Green and a guided walk from the Lush shop on the High Street.

“It’s not just within the city boundaries either; we own some beautiful nature reserves in the Worcester area so are encouraging people to book onto one of our guided walks, activities or family events to find out more about them.

“There’s a guided walk at our Monkwood nature reserve near Hallow as well as a volunteer day and activities for kids and adults at our farm not far from Warndon.”

As well as public events and activities, the Trust is also hosting invite-only events for some of their members to thank them for their membership and help them explore Worcester’s brilliant natural world.

Worcester is going wild...

On Tuesday 30th May the Lower Smite Farm volunteers are welcoming members of the public along to the farm to find out what volunteering at our headquarters involves. From path maintenance to hedge-laying along with summer wildlife surveys, there is plenty to keep them busy throughout the year. Why not join them and find out more. Booking is essential on 01905 754919. 

Between 10am and 3pm each day Tuesday 30th May – Sunday 4th June families can follow the Really Wild Trail around The Hive and enjoy a wildlife story at 11am and 2.45pm daily.

On Wednesday 31st May from 2pm – 4pm the Trust will be going wild at Lower Smite Farm and getting ready to kick-start their 30 Days Wild campaign that takes place each day throughout June. With activities for children and families of all ages participants will explore the farm and find out how they can Go Wild this June. All participants will receive a 30 Days Wild pack with stickers, spotter sheets, a wallchart and wildflower seeds. The cost is £3.50 and booking is essential on 01905 754919.

Grown-ups go wild (c) Joshua HumphriesLater that day, from 6 – 8pm on Wednesday 31st May, grown-ups will have the chance to Go Wild with an adult-only pond dipping session. Why should children have all the fun on the farm? Join in for pond dipping, tea and cake and find out what lurks beneath the pond surface. The cost is £6 including refreshments and booking is essential on 01905 754919.

On Thursday 1st June from 10am – 3pm families can go wild about Gheluvelt Park with pond dipping, bug hunting, trails, crafts and activities outside The Pumphouse Environment Centre. Activities are free but donations are welcome.

Also on Thursday 1st June from 10am – 3pm staff from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will be at Newtown Green, Ronkswood, for the launch event of an exciting new partnership with Worcester City Council, Fortis Living Housing Association and local residents to improve the Newtown Green area for wildlife and local people. There will be stalls and activities as well as nature walks.

On Saturday 3rd June, Anne Williams will be at the Lush store on High Street offering passers-by the chance to make a sustainable plant pot and plant wildflower seeds to help bees and butterflies at home. There will also be a wild Worcester guided walk leaving Lush at 2pm and returning for 3.30pm led by volunteer Chris Dobbs to explore wildlife in the city centre and along the River Severn. Booking is essential on 01905 754919 or in person at Lush on 3rd June. The walk is free but donations are welcome.

To round off the week on Sunday 4th June, Reserves Warden George Groves will be leading a guided walk around Monkwood nature reserve. Find out all about the wildlife and management of this lovely woodland to the northwest of Worcester. Booking is essential via george_groves@btopenworld.com. The walk is free but donations are welcome.