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Wildlife Walks & Talks

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Wildlife Walks & Talks take place in Forestry England’s Leigh Woods. They are suitable for adults, students and older children with a keen interest in the natural world.

Trees in Winter with ecologist Neill Talbot (rescheduled due to storm Ciara)

Sunday 16th February 2020 – 1.00-3.00pm

This walk in the SSSI of Leigh Woods will help you to confidently identify British native tree and shrub species by looking at their key features including winter buds, twigs, bark, size and shape. Ecologist Neill Talbot will show you how surprisingly simple this can be when you know what to look for.

Blackthorn blossom buds

Neill will also talk about the uses of certain trees and the folklore behind them.  Information and ID handouts will be provided to each person attending.

This event is suitable for children of 10 yrs or older

Cost: £10.00 adult, student £8.50, £32.00 family (2 adults/up to 3 children) Book Here

Water Voles at Leigh Woods with Chris Sperring

Sunday 1st March 2020 – 11.00am-1.00pm

We will start seated at our Green Barn with a hot drink, whilst Chris talks to us about ‘the current state of nature’ and tells us/shows us through his presentations all about water voles in the North Somerset area. We will then walk together with Chris (who will be available for questions at this time) down to one of the watercourses in Leigh Woods to see if we can locate evidence of water voles here by looking for burrows, droppings and eaten vegetation.

We will then make our way back up to the car park in our own time.

Chris lectures on a wide variety of subjects from insects through to large carnivores and also the current state of nature and the effect on people of the ‘nature deficit’. Today he is focussing on water voles on our doorstep!

This event is suitable for children of 10 yrs or older

Cost: £10.00 adult, student £8.50, £32.00 family (2 adults/up to 3 children), child £7.50 Book Here

Owl Prowl with Ian McGuire

Friday 2nd October 2020 – 7pm

Getting out on an autumn night for a walk in the woods, listening to owls, is a magical experience!  Come and learn about British owls with Ian McGuire, British owl specialist, photographer and film-maker, as he calls for tawny owls and through his iPad video presentations.  If we’re really lucky, one might just fly into view too! Find out how amazing owls are and what they need to survive in the wild.

Barn owl hunting at dusk

Although tawny owls are Britain’s most common owl, and many people know its toowhit, toowoo call, they are in a slow but steady decline, especially in the South West.

Despite that, Leigh Woods is perfect habitat for them and we know they are faring well there.  Enjoy a hot drink at our Green Wood Barn at the end of the walk.

No captive owls are used at this event.

Bookings open August 2020.

“My 6 year old absolutely loved the Owl Prowl at Leigh Woods in January. So much so that when asked to do a presentation to his class he chose Owls (he could have chosen any topic). It was amazing how much he remembered from the talk. He wrote knowledgeably about lots of aspects but his favourite by far was owl pellets and how they are made. Typical little boy who loves icky things!” JD, Bristol

Booking details: Please use the links to Eventbrite above (small booking fee applies) or contact us direct at info@mygreenworld.co.uk

Confirmation of booking will be sent on receipt of payment.  Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking. 

Please note: These events are weather-dependent and for safety reasons we will not be able to continue in very heavy rain or high winds.  Please bring appropriate clothing for the weather; boots and rain coats if there have been rain showers during the day. Even if it has been sunny during the day, it can get cool in the woods in the evening.

Disabled access: The paths are flat but uneven in places. Disabled toilet facilities are available.

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