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Discovery Days Help You to Explore the Blackdown Hills

( Last Updated: 13-08-2012 )

As part of the Force for Nature project, some of the Neroche Conservation Volunteers are becoming involved in the planning and running of twelve Discovery Days on the sites where they undertake conservation tasks.

Volunteer coordinator Jilly Ould, who organises these events said:
"The exciting thing about Discovery Days is that we are looking to bring a wide variety of groups into the Blackdown Hills AONB to explore its many wonders and discover something new.  So each event is unique and has a different emphasis, from art to history and photography to willow weaving.It has made organising these events quite out of the ordinary."

The first Discovery Day was held in Wych Wood, Staple Fitzpaine in April. More than fifty young children and adults gathered to enjoy an afternoon called ‘We're going on an Otter Hunt', singing and stomping along the way!  A happy band of volunteers led the music, and two giant otters made a special guest appearance to hear the children singing by the stream. "There were children from 6 weeks old to 7 years, all enjoying the fresh air and talking about the variety of animals and birds they might see when they go for walks in the woods".  One mum, Alex, said afterwards, "It was brilliant and imaginative!  It kept the interest of my toddler son".

It might not be what you expect to become involved in, but Discovery Days can be a fun way of sharing other skills you may have to encourage more people into the Hills.
Details of the next few Discovery Days can be found on the Neroche Website, www.nerochescheme.org

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