Holyford Woods to host busy day for wildlife enthusiasts
PUBLISHED: 08:13 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:26 15 June 2010
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A LONG day is planned for wildlife enthusiasts at Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve on Saturday, May 2.
A LONG day is planned for wildlife enthusiasts at Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve on Saturday, May 2. Organised jointly by the Holyford Woodland Trust and East Devon District Council's Countryside Service, the day will start early, but hopefully pleasantly noisily, with the Dawn Chorus. Surprisingly, it is often the diminutive wren, which has one of the loudest songs, giving its much larger rivals a run for their money in the decibel league. Having had such an early start, bacon butties and tea will be available for a small charge at the end of the Dawn Chorus Walk. In the evening, our attention will turn to bats and we will be using electronic bat detectors to make audible the 'clicks' that bats use to locate their prey. Both the Dawn Chorus and the Bat Walk need to be booked in advance through the Countryside Service.In between the Dawn Chorus and the Bat Walk there will be Bluebell Day. From 10am until 4pm at Horriford Farm, on the edge of the woods, there will be a variety of craft stalls, plants for sale, traditional craft demonstrations and, for those who are hungry following all the walking, traditional cream teas. Starting from the farm, hourly guided walks are on offer to look at the plant and animal life that lives in the woods. A particular highlight will be the bluebells, which should be at their best around now. These are the native English variety which indicate the woodland is ancient and therefore very species rich. The variety of woodland plants will be a theme for one of the guided walks whilst for another walk the theme will be the landscape history of the area, using visual clues as well as information from old maps. In the afternoon, EDDC's Education Ranger will be leading a nut hunt, particularly to look for nuts that have been gnawed and to work out who the culprit was. If you prefer to explore the woods at your own pace, there is the option of a self-guided trail. Throughout the day, for the aspiring Ray Mears amongst you, there will be survival skills workshops - so you can have a go at making twine from stinging nettles, lighting fires using friction and doing whatever else that can be done with the materials close at hand. There is no parking available at Holyford Woods, so a free shuttle bus will be running from Colyford Memorial Hall from 09:30am until around 4:30pm. If you require any more information please look at www.eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside or if you want to book for the Dawn Chorus or the Bat Walk, please phone the Countryside Service on (01395) 517557.