In search of wildlife

Wildlife Watch, Wednesdays throughout August, Kielder Water & Forest Park

A NUMBER of weekly wildlife watching sessions Kielder Water & Forest Park are being held this summer.

The Wildlife Wednesdays will give vistors a taste of what’s on offer in the area and will give them an opportunity to see some of Northumberland’s finest wildlife in their natural habitat.

The events take place every Wednesday until August 31 and will give people a chance to try out a new activity each week.

Elisabeth Rowark, from Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust, said: “These events are a fantastic way to keep the little ones entertained this summer.”

Wildlife Wednesdays

Wednesdays, August 17 and 31

Kielder Safaris (£60 adult, £40 child), booking essential, 10am–4pm at Kielder Water & Forest Park (01670 827465). Explore the park by road, forest, track and footpath. Visitors will search for the multitude of wildlife found in the area, such as roe deer and birds of prey.

Wednesday, August 10

Nest Box Building (£5 per nest box), booking essential, 1pm –1.45pm and 2pm–2.45pm at Leaplish Waterside Park (01434 251000). Visitors will learn how to make a nest box and be able to take their boxes home for the birds in their own garden.

Wednesday, August 24

Animal Tracks (£3 per child), booking essential, 1pm–3pm at Leaplish Waterside Park (01434 251000). A chance to learn the basics of animal tracking and make a cast to take home.

Wednesday, August 31

Pond dipping (£2 per child), booking essential, 1pm–2pm and 2pm–3pm at Bakethin Nature Reserve (01434 251000). Visitors can delve into the murky depths of Bakethin Pond and discover what creatures lie within.

It is recommended vistors wear warm old clothing and bring their own binoculars for each event.

The Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre is also open daily from 10.30am with flying demonstrations at 1.30pm and 3pm.