Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Lizard Wildlife Weekend

pole lathes on Lizard Green
We teamed up recently with our friends at Natural England, RSPB and the Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society to host two days of fantastic fun for all the family at the Lizard Wildlife Weekend. Based on the Green at the heart of the Lizard village the event was a huge success with both local and visiting families.

On offer were a range of guided walks introducing the local wildlife, the highlights of which were seeing a young family of choughs near Kynance Cove, watching the peregrine falcon scour the cliffs, and finding some of the Lizard’s rarest plants such as fringed rupturewort and long-headed clover. 

Peering inside the owl box

There were other activities ongoing throughout the day such as green woodworking demonstrations, pond dipping, children’s nature crafts, owl pellet dissection and Cornwall’s very own premiere of  ‘Birchett-Swan’s Barn Owl Box Cinema’ , allowing visitors to peer inside the secret world of an owl nest box and watch recorded highlights.  Children and adults alike were mesmerised by the footage of owl chicks, recorded locally in nest boxes by naturalist Matt Birchett.

The chough bunting production line!
Along with the hustle and bustle of all the events, the atmosphere on the Green was vibrant thanks to live music from local musicians Emily Howard, Jonathon Coudrille, John Holden and Harry Rowland. The festival atmosphere drew in a wide range of visitors and kept people entertained all through Saturday. Unfortunately like many events this summer, bad weather curtailed activities so soggy conditions meant only a limited programme of events could be run on the Sunday.Well done to those intrepid families who braved the rain to go pond dipping with us!

For more information on all that happened at the Lizard Wildlife Weekend visit:

Thanks to all who helped with this event.    Rachel and Rosie

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