| Discover the wild side of the Downs
Would you like to be able to tell a holly tree from a hawthorn or common blue butterfly from a holly blue butterfly? Well then we’ve got the walks for you! On Saturday 8th June Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge, Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, Bristol99 and GL Hearn are teaming up to offer a fun-packed day of wildlife discovery for invited groups and the public.
Mandy Leivers, Avon Gorge and Downs biodiversity education officer explains, “The free tree and butterfly walks are part of our Bristol 99 day on the Downs. Bristol99 is a citywide programme of wildlife events celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Bristol Festival of Nature. Our day on the Downs aims to get folks having fun whilst discovering, learning about and recording wildlife.”
As well as the public butterfly and tree walks, the Family Centre (deaf children), Khass (a playscheme for disabled children and their siblings) and Young Carers are also coming to the Downs to take part in bug hunts.
GL Hearn’s South West office based in Bristol is delighted to be sponsoring this event. The company’s Environmental Impact Assessment Services are headquartered in Bristol so it made perfect sense to get involved in a project that promotes a better understanding of the precious habitats that surround us .
The public walks are as follows:
The Downs Bristol 99 Tree walk, Saturday 8th June, 10.30am – 12.00pm
From hawthorns to hollies and whitebeams to walnuts, the Downs are home to a rich variety of trees. Join Richard Bland from the Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge on a special walk to learn how to identify trees.
The Downs Bristol 99 Butterfly walk, Saturday 8th June, 2.00 – 3.30pm
Discover how to identify butterflies on this gentle stroll with members of the Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge. Learn about the FODAG butterfly recording scheme and see how many of these lovely insects you can spot along the way.
Both walks are free but advanced booking is essential as places are limited. Call the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project on 0117 9030609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
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