BIGGEST EVER EVENTS PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

Tuesday 19th February 2013

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Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is launching the biggest wildlife events programme that the county has ever seen, with over 140 bookable events and 3,600 places.

“The events that we run are wildly inspiring,” said Head of People and Nature, Sarah Mason “from night owl walks to otter holt building, fossil hunting to looking for dragons in the Forest of Dean!”

The events are designed to get people of all ages and abilities closer to nature and inspire a new generation of David Attenboroughs.

The programme is organised by staff and volunteers who work on the ground everyday to help conserve the county’s wildlife and wild places, and there is nothing they love better than sharing their passion for wildlife.

This year's programme sees the return of popular bushcraft events led by instructor Nick Skinner, where you will enjoy lighting fires, whittling wood, shelter building and even longbow making. He will also be leading more adventurous types down the River Wye in open canoes, where you will be making and sleeping in your own shelters for the night!

There will also be the annual ‘Walk 4 Wildlife’, the Trust’s sponsored walk, which this year takes place in Lower Woods nature reserve, over 600 acres of ancient woodland near Wickwar on the 9th June.

New for 2013 are wildlife photography workshops led by professional wildlife photographer Iain Green, who will be running a series of exciting wildlife photography workshops at Trust nature reserves throughout the year.

You don’t have to be a member of the Trust to take part and you can find details of all Trust events plus new ones at www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/whats-on

KEY EVENTS THIS YEAR:

NIGHT OWL WALKS
Enjoy a night walk at Pinswell with Jane Blunden – 6-9pm on 24th, 25th or 26th February.

LAMBING LIVE
Come and meet the newborn lambs that graze Daneway Banks nature reserve on Sunday 17th March.

OXENHALL DAFFODIL WEEKEND
Growing in fields and verges, the delicate golden blooms of our native daffodil carpet Betty Daw’s nature reserve near Newent. Enjoy this rare spectacle and afterwards enjoy a daffodil tea at Oxenhall Parish Hall. Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March.

LIVING GARDENS LAUNCH AT HIGHNAM COURT
An open garden event by kind invitation of Roger and Jenny Head, come and see wild flowers meadows, wood sculptures and a bog garden, and chat to wildlife experts. 11-5pm Sunday 14th April.

SLAD VALLEY WILDLIFE WALK
Join us for a five mile walk around this beautiful valley, immortalised in Laurie Lee’s much loved novel ‘Cider with Rosie'. Saturday 20th April 10am – 2pm.

SICCARIDGE 600
An amazing attempt to record 600 species in a non-stop 30 hour wildlife survey! – 10.30am Saturday 15th – 4.30pm Sunday 16th June.

MIDSUMMER MAGIC
Open garden event at the beautiful Sydenhams House near Bisley. Enjoy wine and canapés whilst listening to harpist Jemima Philips. 6-8pm, Friday 21st June.

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