Families are being encouraged to get back to nature this weekend. The Canal & River Trust – the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of the nation’s historic waterways – and Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council are hosting a weekend of fun activities.
They are encouraging families to explore the Radcliffe Lily Ponds, a space which sits next to the River Trent.
The Lily Ponds 24-hour Bioblitz, being organised in partnership with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, will give local people the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the many species that can be found on their doorstep.
The Bioblitz will take place on 16th and 17th May, giving people of all ages the chance to have a go at pond-dipping, hunting for bugs, learning how to identify wildflower and butterfly species and even willow weaving.
There will also be the opportunity for people to explore some of the nocturnal wildlife that can be found in the area with dusk bat walks and moth trapping.
The event is all part of a plan to encourage communities to rediscover the river and to make more of the natural spaces near where they live.
The Trust, supported by the Parish Council and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, has developed a management plan which will improve the ecology of the Lily Ponds area, whilst also encouraging more local people to appreciate and enjoy the space.
The events will be taking place from Base Camp in Rockley Memorial Park as below…
Saturday 16th May
Daytime activities: 12pm-3pm
Evening bat walk/moth trapping: 8:45pm
Sunday 17th May
Daytime activities: 10am-12noon