Hart’s Wildlife Day connects hundreds with nature

On Sunday 3 June, hundreds of people visited Hart District Council’s sixth annual Wildlife Day at Fleet Pond to learn all about wildlife and the countryside.

Hosted by Hart District Council’s Countryside Rangers and volunteers from the Fleet Pond Society, 28 different stalls attended the nature reserve to provide a fun day filled with the wonders of the natural world.

Visitors were given the chance to hone some wilderness skills with bush craft, whilst bird ringing demonstrations and a fish tank allowed an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Fleet Ponds’ creatures. Hands-on creativity was also encouraged by willow weaving, badge making and colouring to name but a few of the crafts available.

Speaking about the day Cllr David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council and Portfolio Holder for Countryside, said: “Wildlife Day provides a great opportunity for the families of Hart to have fun in the great outdoors. The event was a great success and we hope that our visitors took away some new information and inspiration surrounding our local wildlife”.

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, added: “Our two pond dipping platforms were again very popular with the young visitors. Good catches of many of the aquatic invertebrates brought the youngsters very close to what lives in Fleet Pond. Stars included a large dragonfly nymph and a sinister-looking Water Spider. A great day enjoyed by all”.

The Countryside Rangers would like to thank everybody who took part and helped make the day a great success.

For more information about upcoming events visit www.hart.gov.uk/guided-walks. For updates from the Countryside Rangers, like the Hart Countryside Facebook page and follow @HartCountryside on Twitter.

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