Summer with squirrel nutkins

26.07.2011

Weekly wildlife watching sessions are set to take place this summer.

The ‘Wildlife Wednesdays’ are activity taster days that give a snippet of what’s on offer to visitors all year round to Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland.

With expert guides, visitors to England’s last great wilderness can look out for some of the county’s favourite wildlife including the last remaining stronghold of the native red squirrel.

Every Wednesday from 27 July to 31 August there will be a chance to try a new activity in the form of wildlife themed events from squirrel walks to Kielder Safaris and Kielder Osprey Watch.

Elisabeth Rowark, from Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust said: “These events are not only a fantastic way to keep the little ones entertained this summer, they are also a unique opportunity to see Northumberland’s amazing wildlife in its natural habitat.”

Wildlife Wednesdays

Wednesday 27 July - Kielder Osprey Watch (free)

10:30am – 12:30pm at Leaplish Waterside Park, 01434 251 000

Visitors can view Kielder’s record breaking birds on the nest two miles away through high powered telescopes with experts on hand to tell the story. There is also an opportunity to learn more about the ospreys at the Kielder Castle exhibition (open daily) with close up views of the nest through the live video feed.

Wednesday 27 July - Squirrel walk (£2 per child) – booking essential

1pm – 3pm at Leaplish Waterside Park (01434 251 000)

The squirrel walk is a guided trek through Kielder Forest looking for red squirrels.

Wednesdays 3, 17 and 31 August - Kielder Safaris (£60 adult, £40 child) – booking essential

10am – 4pm at Kielder Water & Forest Park (01670 827 465)

Kielder Safaris take in the best of the Park by road, forest, track and footpath. Visitors can join an expert guide to search for roe deer, red squirrels, birds of prey and other wildlife before travelling along the stunning forest drive.

Wednesday 10 August - Nest box building (£5 per nest box) – booking essential

1pm – 1:45pm and 2pm – 2:45pm at Leaplish Waterside Park (01434 251 000)

Visitors can learn how to build a nest box and take one home for the birds in their own gardens.

Wednesday 24 August - Animal tracks (£3 per child) – booking essential

1pm – 3pm at Leaplish Waterside Park (01434 251 000)

A unique chance to learn the basics of animal tracking and make a cast to take home.

Wednesday 31 August - Pond dipping (£2 per child) – booking essential

1pm – 2pm and 2pm – 3pm at Bakethin Nature Reserve (01434 251 000)

Visitors can explore the murky depths of Bakethin Pond and discover what creatures live there.

The Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre is also open daily from 10:30am with flying demonstrations at 1:30pm and 3pm weather permitting.

It is recommended that visitors wear old, warm clothing when attending Wildlife Wednesdays and bring their own binoculars.

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information go to www.visitkielder.com.

For more information contact Philippa Clark, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538, 07970 897 756 or philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

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