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Summer events at nature reserves
2:51pm Wednesday 1st August 2012 in Dudley Council Noticeboard
There are lots of activities on offer this summer at Dudley Council’s nature reserves.
At Saltwells local nature reserve there are activities on four dates during the school holidays.
On Wednesday August 8 and Wednesday August 29 there are two fun sessions running from 10 to 11am and 1 to 2pm on both days. Participants can join the wardens and search for bugs and small animals in a minibeast hunt around the reserve.
On Wednesday August 15 from 10am to noon and Wednesday August 22 from 1 to 3pm, youngsters can get creative with natural clay and create their very own tree spirits. Old clothes are recommended as this activity may be messy.
Children must be accompanied by an adult for the above events and should meet at Saltwells Local Nature Reserve car park, Saltwells Lane.
To book for all of the activities please call 01384 812795 for more details.
Meanwhile at Cotwall End Valley a search for minibeasts takes place on Saturday August 11 from 2 to 4pm. The Friends of Cotwall End Valley will leave no stone unturned in the search for bugs on this walk around the valley. The walk is approximately two miles long and includes slopes and steps. Paths may be muddy in places. Participants should meet on Brockswood Animal Sanctuary car park, at the junction of Cotwall End Road and Catholic Lane. For more information speak to Sue Bole on 07849 804242.
In Pensnett on Wednesday August 15, from 10am to 1.30pm, wardens will lead a guided walk around the Fens Pools area. The six mile walk takes in countryside and woodland and parts of the canal. Booking is essential by calling Paul Hancox on 01384 812780. Walkers should meet at the wardens’ office, Dell Stadium, junction of Bryce Road and Pensnett Road, Pensnett.
There is a narrow boat trip to Hawne Basin on Sunday August 19 starting at 10.30am from Bumble Hole Local Nature Reserve, Windmill End, Darby End, Dudley. The five hour trip has commentary through the Gorsty Hill Tunnel, which is dark and cold and therefore may not be suitable for some people. There will be a break at Hawne Basin for a look around and a refreshment break. Booking is essential and tickets cost £18 for adults and £4 for children.
The visitors’ centre is open between 10am and 2pm on any day to reserve your place, or call 01384 814100.
Councillor Tracy Wood, cabinet member for environment and culture, said:
“There are always activities taking place at the council’s natures reserves but during the summer holidays there are even more events for families to get involved with.”