The natural world of a west Dorset village is to be revealed in a Weekend of Wildlife. The village of Netherbury will be giving up its secrets as local residents, families and experts join forces to discover everything from bees to birds, bats and butterflies.
This is a chance to meet your wild neighbours!
Emily Newton, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Grazing Animals Project Officer, said: “This is a chance to meet your wild neighbours! There will be a series of discovery walks and talks, given by some of Dorset’s leading naturalists. Events are ongoing throughout the day with something suitable for all ages.”
Netherbury resident Susy Varndell said: “Everyone in Netherbury is really looking forward to this event, but everyone is welcome and all the events are free."
Events include a variety of guided walks, moth trapping, night time creature hunt, bug hunt and wildlife discovery fun
The weekend, supported by funding from the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, starts with an early morning bird walk at 6am, followed by breakfast and an official opening at 9am, all based at the Village Hall. Events include a variety of guided walks, moth trapping, night time creature hunt, bug hunt and wildlife discovery fun. There will be an opportunity to quiz the experts with all your wildlife questions and visit parts of the village that are not normally accessible, including a farm walk. There will also be a chance to meet renowned wildlife photographer Colin Varndell, who is giving an illustrated talk on the Saturday evening. All the wildlife records from the weekend will be sent to the Dorset Environmental Records Centre.
The Weekend of Wildlife, organised by Netherbury residents and Dorset Wildlife Trust, is on 16th and 17th June, from 6am to 8.30pm on the Saturday and 10.30 to lunchtime on the Sunday. Refreshments will be available, from Saturday morning breakfast to the Sunday lunchtime BBQ. The base for the weekend is Netherbury Village Hall DT6 5LS. For the full programme, click here. Please book in advance for guided walks by ringing Susy Varndell on 01308 488341.
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