Meet action explorer and go wild at Kielder

13.05.2010

Join Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Kielder Partnership to see some of the UK’s most spectacular wildlife on and around the largest man-made lake in northern Europe and meet action explorer Conrad Dickinson.

On Sunday 6 June, between 10.30am and 5.00pm, lovers of the great outdoors will be able to take part in the wildlife charity’s fun packed Family Wildlife Day at Northumbrian Water’s Leaplish Waterside Park in the beautiful Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Families will be able to join a host of experts and get involved in a whole range of activities - there will be something for everyone to enjoy and the popular event promises to be as entertaining as ever.

Nature detectives can solve the clues on a special treasure trail in Kielder Forest, discover creepy crawlies on mini best hunts and find out what lives in the murky pond water at one of the pond dipping sessions.

In addition there will be bird ringing demonstrations lead and a ‘Guide in the wildlife hide’ talk to help people identify what they see when out and about. Visitors will also be able to try their hand at fly fishing and canoeing.

Bike lovers can join a 6 mile/10km guided wildlife bike ride (cyclists must wear bike helmets) and for those visitors who would love to catch a glimpse of the rare ospreys, which have returned to Kielder for the second year running, there will be two guided walks to the observation point.

Families who are nuts about red squirrels will be able to join the ‘Save our Squirrels’ Team for a short walk to the squirrel observation hide and learn more about these delightful animals along the way.

Explorer Conrad Dickinson will be on hand to talk to visitors and will give a talk at 2.00pm on the wildlife he has seen on his many wonderful travels around the world.

The Northumberland Wildlife Trust Patron enjoys nothing more than walking in some of the most inhospitable places on earth. He has been involved in cross country expeditions for over thirty years and become a permanent feature in the international record books with his enthusiasm for adventure.

He has shown his consuming passion for expeditions on treks to Greenland (four times), Iceland, Spitzbergan, Yukon (Mount Logan), Sierra Nevada, Siberia and Sweden.

Conrad’s most notable expedition to date was in the winter of 2004/5 as a member of a five person team. They skied from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the South Pole un-supported in just 52 days before kiting all the way back to the start point in a record breaking 17 days. This 2,200 kilometre journey pulling sledges weighing 21 stone meant that Conrad had completed the longest ski journey ever in Antarctica by any Brit and was the first person to complete this return journey.

In 2007 he completed the "Polar Grand Slam" by skiing unsupported to the North Pole in 53 days, becoming the first Brit to do so.

The Family Wildlife Day runs from 10.30am - 5.00pm. The cost is £5.00 per person and includes 50% discount on entry to Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre where visitors can check out a whole host of birds of prey as well as wallabies, deer and guinea pigs. It is run in association with BBC Springwatch Wild Day Out. 

For more details call Northumberland Wildlife Trust on 0191 284 6884 or email: mail@northwt.org.uk.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is the largest environmental charity in the region working to safeguard native wildlife. One of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK, Northumberland Wildlife Trust has campaigned for nature conservation for over 40 years.

Supported by over 13,000 individual and 100 corporate members in the region, Northumberland Wildlife Trust manages and protects critical species and habitats at over 60 nature reserves throughout Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Kielder Water & Forest Park is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was recently voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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