Wild weekend planned

PUBLISHED: 13:50 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

A CELEBRATION of wildlife of the Axe Estuary is planned at Seaton Marshes local Nature Reserve at the end of the month.

A CELEBRATION of wildlife of the Axe Estuary is planned at Seaton Marshes local Nature Reserve at the end of the month. East Devon District Council's Wet and Wild Weekend will allow children to get close to all kinds of wildlife from Friday, August 29 to 31.Children can pond dip, hunt minibeasts, watch birds on the estuary and take part in nature trail quizzes.EDDC's portfolio holder for the environment, Councillor Graham Liverton, said: "The Wet and Wild Weekend promises to be a really fun and interesting event with all sorts of activities for young and old to enjoy."We are very lucky to have internationally important wildlife on our doorstep and we are very excited about our plans to extend the reserve in the future."Friday evening's event involves joining a nature reserve officer with a bat detector to find out more about the furry creatures.Events include a moth breakfast on Saturday morning - a chance to enjoy a bacon butty whilst looking at the variety of moths caught overnight; on Sunday children can view birds caught by the Axe Ringing Group as part of their on-going survey.All events are free apart from a small charge for the moth breakfast and dragonfly weaving. There is no need to book unless you want to take part in the fishing competition.The full programme can be found on the website at www.eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside or by phoning EDDC Countryside Service on (01395) 517557.Copies of the programme are available at Seaton and Axminster Tourist Information Centres or from libraries.

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