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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 February, 2005, 11:00 GMT
Nature events for sight-impaired
A programme of wildlife events and courses for the visually impaired are being planned in Gloucestershire.

The Stroud Valleys Project (SVP) says it follows a successful trial with a group of people with macular disease.

They were taken on a nature walk along a stretch of the Stroudwater canal, to study its flora and fauna.

The SVP is planning a six-week wildlife course this spring and other events like a bat walk, swan feed and guided tour of Westonbirt Arboretum.

'Other senses'

Deb Coleman, community biodiversity projects officer, said: "It's using other senses, the bat walk uses detectors so they can pick up the sounds.

"Some of what we're doing may be to do with geology and archaeology - learning about the area and its wildlife."

Organisers are still trying to assess the demand for the course and are asking anyone interested to contact them.

The SVP says the initiative is part of a major drive to help disadvantaged and socially-excluded people play a part in caring for the environment.

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