Thursday, 14 June 2012

Biodiversity Day: the Big Bird, Beast and Botany Hunt

Sunday 10th June at the Dove Valley Centre

And the day dawned dry! After a week of incessant rain, the sunrise was welcomed and the sun's continuing attention celebrated as we set up for this event

Our role was to explore "natural treasures" encouraging people to go foraging and thinking. Large treasures were to be considered for the beautiful basket that grew during the day under the expert guidance of Rachel Evans. Smaller treasures could be added to Small Treasure Boxes. And we told stories of trees and animals, reminding people that there are adventures everywhere, you just have to go looking...

a basket woven of sheep's wool and willow, hazel, hawthorn and elm twigs, slender birch fingers and plaited rushes

Other activities led by other groups included pond and river dipping, wildflower and bird walks (we sent people out on these with card and pencils to draw and note additions to their treasure boxes). A Barn Owl project (Barn owls nest on the farm) and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust were there as well - leading walks and running stalls, and helping people tease open owl-pellets

A day of excitements indeed!

Next Exploring event:
Sunday 1st July: Exploring with Stories: a workshop for adults: looking at the wildlife of fields, woods, and ponds, listening to old stories, telling new stories. Relax and enjoy. 
Dove Valley Centre, Under Whitle near Longnor, SK17 0PR 11am - 4pm. Please book a place: 01298 77964

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