Wildlife Celebration returns to the stunning Trebah Garden near Falmouth on May 10 – May 9 and looks set to be even bigger and better than last year’s spectacular weekend which attracted 2,000 visitors.
This event showcases the work the Trust do to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy and a chance to get up close to some of Cornwall’s most fascinating wildlife.
Visitors will see buzzards, hawks, owls, reptiles and bats, plus watching various demonstrations relating to native wildlife. The beautiful location will be used to its fullest, with nature walks, rockpool rambles on Trebah’s private beach, bird box making and Fox Club – the Trust’s junior section – will be running fun and creative activities for younger conservationists.
Mark Nicholson, Chairman of Trustees for Cornwall Wildlife Trust said: “We are very much looking forward to returning to Trebah after last year’s success. We were made very welcome there and we were delighted by the enthusiasm for wildlife shown by visitors. This is an important event which gives us a major opportunity to bring our message to a large audience. Our aim at Trebah will be to raise awareness of our wildlife, the issues affecting it and the vital work we are doing to protect it. At the same time we hope to gather support and to encourage everyone to become actively involved in enjoying and benefiting from wildlife.”
One of the highlights is sure to be the chance to get up close and even hold some of Cornwall’s most interesting and often elusive wildlife. The ever popular Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Gwel An Mor will be bringing Sly the barn owl, Chunk the eagle owl, Bea the buzzard and Simon the corn snake as well as ferrets and field mice.
Members of Cornwall Bat Group will also be present, along with Maisy the brown long eared bat, Norman the noctual and the Pipistrelle bats. These fascinating creatures gave an account of the world through their eyes on BBC2’s ‘The Animals Guide to Britain’ presented by Wildlife Trust supporter Chris Packham.
Visitors will be treated to bird-ringing demonstrations with the British Trust for Ornithology, where they can see Trebah’s wild birds close-up and learn how tracking birds can tell us so much about them and be vital to their conservation. There will be special sessions to check the bird nest-boxes for chicks in the gardens. Bugs and mini beasts can also be seen in fascinating detail with Kernow Microscopical Society.
For more information about the event and a complete schedule of activities, please visit: www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/celebration or call 01872 273939.