Wild pot-pourri

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES - Wendy Tob­bit is the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust me­dia manager

EN­JOY a Green Let­ter Day ex­pe­ri­ence with your lo­cal Wildlife Trust.

The Chilterns Group of vol­un­teers with the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is run­ning Green Let­ter Day events on Satur­day, June 13, when vis­i­tors to Col­lege Lake na­ture re­serve will have an ex­traspe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence in this mag­nif­i­cent place for wildlife.

There are three Green Let­ter Day ex­pe­ri­ences on of­fer, with top­ics that will at­tract knowl­edge­able botanists and en­thu­si­as­tic begin­ners. Groups are kept small (no more than eight peo­ple), so that you will al­ways have your ques­tions an­swered by the lo­cal ex­perts.

Wild Life Pot-pourri is ideal for peo­ple who en­joy all things that na­ture has to of­fer. Over 1,000 dif­fer­ent wildlife species have been recorded at Col­lege Lake. The Green Let­ter et­ter Day ex­pe­ri­en­cence gives vis­i­tors a chance to see just some of th­ese species with ex­pert guide Steve Keene. This walk will be a great op­por­tu­ni­tyu­nity to learn moree about the many dif­fer­ent habi­tats, and find out from Steve about the wild flow­ers, birds and but­ter­flies that have made this im­por­tant na­ture re­serve their home.

One of th­ese habi­tats is an arable field brim­ming with corn­field flow­ers. Col­lege Lake hosts a very spe­cial project to re­store corn­field flow­ers to the Chilterns land­scape, and miid-June is the per­fect time to wit­ness the glo­ri­ously colour­ful spec­ta­cle at its best.

The Arable Weeds project is hugely suc­cess­ful with the re­vival of many corn­field flow­ers from yes­ter­year in­clud­ing pheas­ant’s eye, corn cleavers, field cow wheat, and corn cock­les.

Ge­orge Bray, who has spent many years work­ing on this project, will lead the guided walk around the field.

Nat­u­rally there are hun­dreds of wa­terlov­ing birds at Col­lege Lake, and iden­ti­fy­ing a shel­duck from a lit­tle ringed plover and a red­shank isn’t al­ways easy. Meet avian ex­pert Liz Ruck­ell, whose ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the re­serve will en­sure that no bird will es­cape un­de­tected!

Sturdy footwear and suit­able clothes are rec­om­mended, and if pos­si­ble bring binoc­u­lars and a cam­era to make the most of your Green Let­ter Day. There will be re­fresh­ments on ar­rival, and the Vis­i­tor Cen­tre café will be open through the day.

Find out more about Green Let­ter Day events on Satur­day 13 June and book your places at www.bbowt.org.uk/whats-on

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