Pensthorpe Natural Park is inviting budding environmentalists and nature enthusiasts to get stuck in and help protect the Wensum Valley at its annual Wild About the Wensum environmental day between 10am and 5pm on Saturday 26th April 2014.
The free fun filled educational event will provide an in-depth insight into the rich wildlife in the Wensum River Valley, which is designated as a ‘Special Area of Conservation’, one of Europe’s highest protection orders.
In addition to organised walks and talks the event will be full of family-friendly activities including ‘Have a go’ archery, bike tours, treasure hunts and creative crafts such as badge making and candle rolling.
Bill Jordan, Trustee of the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust based at Pensthorpe Natural Park comments: “What better way to increase the awareness of this nationally important river valley than holding an event which allows visitors to meet those involved in managing the fauna and flora of the Valley? It’s not just the adults we’re appealing to as we educate future generations about the natural habitat through interactive hands-on activities. We hope that spreading awareness of this special area will enable us to look after it for many years to come.”
The Wensum Valley supports a diverse and ecologically important range of species such as water voles, white-clawed crayfish, brown trout and otters.
Admission to Pensthorpe and the event is free on the day, with a nominal £4 parking charge per vehicle to help make it financially sustainable and to encourage car sharing. WildRootz will be open on the day but there will be a time restriction in place so that more families can enjoy the activities.
For more information, call Pensthorpe on 01328 851465, visit www.pensthorpe.com or follow on Twitter @Pensthorpe.
Why Celebrate the River Wensum in Norfolk?
· The River Wensum has one of Europe’s highest levels of conservation protection and is designated as a ‘Special Area of Conservation’.
· The River Wensum is the only river between the Thames and the Humber to have this designation and one of only 16 in England.
It is celebrated for its outstanding chalk river fauna, including brown trout, white-clawed crayfish, Desmoulin’s whirl snail, otters and a large number of dragonfly and damselfly species. It is also important for the unspoiled nature of its catchment area and the quality of its aquatic flora.