A Celebration of Tamar Valley Wildlife this September

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This July, the Tamar Valley Centre, near Gunnislake, celebrated its 10th anniversary. As part of the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s 10 Events for 10 Years to mark the occasion, a Wildlife Weekend is being planned for 7th – 8th September.

A series of activities and walks celebrating and showcasing Tamar Valley wildlife will take place throughout the weekend.

During the afternoon of Saturday 7th September (2pm-5pm) come along to the Tamar Valley Centre and learn how to investigate what wildlife may be sharing your garden. Perhaps you’d like to encourage more wildlife in your area? We can help with that. Drop-in activities will include bird box building, seed-bomb making, bug hotel building, creating bird feeders, and more. Become a Wildlife Explorer and discover the range of creatures living in the grounds of the Tamar Valley Centre, or take part in the self-guided Wildlife Quest (mini-orienteering around the Tamar Valley Centre site, collecting stamps along the way). Staff from Plantlife and the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project will be there to tell you about their wildlife work in the Tamar Valley.

On Saturday evening (7pm-10pm) join staff from the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project on a local Bat Walk, or come along to discover the Moths that live on the Drakewalls Mine site.

2013-08-21 12.40.30A choice of guided walks will be available on Sunday 8th between 10am and 2pm. If you haven’t yet tried it, immerse yourself in meditative Forest Bathing, on a short walk led by recently trained leader Lesley Strong. Alternatively, discover Ferns & Lichens on a 2-hour guided walk in the Danescombe Valley.

Wildlife Weekend_Art CompetitionAn Art Exhibition of entries to the wildlife-themed art competition will be on show throughout the weekend in the Centre, with judging from a Drawn to the Valley artist, together with a variety of stands and stalls displaying information and selling local products. Wildlife Talks will also take place at set times throughout the weekend. Tea, coffee and cakes will also be available.

Entry is free to the Wildlife Weekend, but a small charge may apply to some activities (e.g. bird boxes). Most are drop-in activities but some will require advance booking (eg walks).

A full programme of activities, with details of times and how to book will be available at www.tamarvalley.org.uk by mid August. Or call the AONB office on 01822 835030.

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