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Springwatch Wild Day Out event


Springwatch: Exploring Wiltshire

Nature enthusiasts are being offered the chance to get a guided tour around one of Wiltshire's country parks.

Stanton Park, located on the north eastern side of Swindon, will be the venue for the event which is part of the Springwatch Wild Days Out.

Springwatch Wil Day Out
Wild Day Out encourages biodiversity in gardens, parks and outside spaces

Families will be able to enjoy meadows, lakes, ponds and ancient woodlands either on their own or with an expert. The meadows are grazed by cattle and sheep and the herdsman will guide you and explain the role of these animals in keeping the pastures healthy.

People will also be able to see a 'bodger' or woodturner who will demonstrate and allow you to have a go with the pole lathe, a traditional craft.

Local organisations in the marquee will be on hand to answer your questions about wildlife and discover a bit more about the biodiversity on Swindon's doorstep.

Stephen Moss
Bird expert Stephen Moss will be a guest at the event

The event is free and marks the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 which is promoting the importance of protecting a wide range of species across the UK and around the world.

The ever-popular Springwatch series returns to our screens next week. One of the presenters, Kate Humble said: "The Springwatch Wild Days Out are a great opportunity to learn more about the importance of biodiversity and to see what small thing you and your family can do for nature in your area."

Chris Packham added: "Springwatch is very good at empowering people to realise that they can make a difference - they can do things themselves and if they do the things in their garden that they ought to do, then that is four million gardens that are better places for wildlife."

Springwatch on BBC Two

Kate Humble and Chris Packham will be back in action as the BBC is set to inspire new wildlife heroes to do something for nature during the popular Springwatch series.

And, on Sunday 20 June viewers can join the Springwatch team on BBC Two for an inspirational Wild Night In - a two-hour fund-raising extravaganza featuring David Attenborough, Graham Norton, Edith Bowman and other celebrities in support of threatened wildlife and wild places through the work of the BBC Wildlife Fund.

Date: Saturday, 5th June
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Stanton Park, The Avenue, Stanton Fitzwarren, SN6 7SF
Admission: Free

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