Get stuck in for nature reserves

PUBLISHED: 12:50 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 20 April 2010

NATURE lovers are being offered the chance to help take care of some of East Devon's prized nature reserves. New 'friends' groups are being formed for the nature reserves at Axminster's Trinity Hill, Seaton Marshes and Colyford Common to join an existing

NATURE lovers are being offered the chance to help take care of some of East Devon's prized nature reserves. New 'friends' groups are being formed for the nature reserves at Axminster's Trinity Hill, Seaton Marshes and Colyford Common to join an existing group at Knapp Copse nature reserve between Sidmouth and Honiton. Members of the groups have the opportunity to get involved in branch clearance and litter picking, as well as guided walks and presentations. An EDDC spokesman said: "On a crisp clear winter's day, there is little more satisfying than joining a group of 'friends', rolling up your sleeves and getting down to some hard, physical labour. After an hour or two, you can stand back and admire your handiwork, whilst sipping a most welcome cup of tea and chatting about your achievements." Practical work days are being held at trinity Hill nature reserve on Thursday, February 7, and Saturday March 8, between 10am and 12:30pm. A guided walk will take place at Colyford Common nature reserve between 2pm and 4pm, on Sunday, January 27. Participants are advised to wear stout footwear, leather gloves and waterproof clothing, as well as to remember their elbow grease. Becoming a friend of a nature reserve is free and will keep you up to date on forthcoming events. To join a 'friends' group go along to one of the events or contact the Countryside Service on (01395) 517557.

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