Thursday, 14 July 2011

Wildlife events galore for Morecambe Bay residents

Local children taking part in the Morecambe Bay: A Wealth Of Wildlife project. Photo courtesy the Lancashire Wildlife Trust
For those of us living around Morecambe Bay, there's so much beautiful scenery and wildlife to see - and an exciting new project from the Wildlife Trust continues to give people a chance to learn and engage with the coastal environment around them.

The Morecambe Bay ‘A Wealth of Wildlife Project’ aims to connect communities with the inland, coastal and marine environments through a series of initiatives that will increase access to the beautiful natural places between Fleetwood and Ulverston.

Led by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and in partnership with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, this project will run family events, walks and training opportunities for everyone to engage, explore and experience the wildlife delights of Morecambe Bay.

Supported by Natural England through Access to Nature, as part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme, this project will also be working in partnership with many other organisations and will encourage a greater diversity of people to connect with wildlife - and offers opportunities for people to take ownership of their local environment in the future. The project aims to provide training and resources to help people appreciate and protect the natural environment beyond the lifetime of the project.

Here's a run down of some of their Morecambe Bay events over the next few weeks...

• Heysham Hedgehogs Wildlife Watch monthly group (every third Saturday of each month)
Saturday 16th July at 10 am - 12 noon

Join the Heysham Hedgehogs who are getting arty and learning about different trees within Heysham Nature Reserve. For children aged between 8 and 13 years. Fee: £1. Booking is essential.
For more information and to book a place contact Emma Garston on 01524 855030, mobile: 07717366812. Email:


Jack Scout and Beach Walk with the National Trust and Wildlife Trust North West - Silverdale

Tuesday 26th July, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Enjoy an amble around this beautiful coastal headland. Identify birdsong, find strange holes in the ground and the creatures that made them and look for the flower whose petals follow the sun across the sky! Many more exciting things will happen on the land before you step down to Morecambe Bay where you will explore the shore and hear about Marine Conservation Zones and their importance in the Irish Sea.

Meet at the field gate opposite Ridgeway Park School, Silverdale at SD460737. Parking is limited. Bring lunch. There is a £2 donation. This is an event for families and booking is essential.
For more information and to book a place contact Emma Garston on 01524 855030, mobile: 07717366812. Email:


Prom Art - Art with a sea view with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust - Grange-over-Sands

Sunday 31st July, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Held along the promenade at Grange-over-Sands. Drop in and visit our stand at Grange-over-Sand's famous Prom Art and try our family-friendly marine life art and crafts activities to mark the beginning of National Marine Week.
This family event is free, no booking required. Please visit

The Wildlife Trust protects all native wildlife, creating wildlife havens, standing up for wildlife, inspiring people about the natural world and encourage sustainable living.

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