Wendy To­bitt helps you turn your gar­den into a wildlife haven

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

BE­ING a Na­ture De­tec­tive is more than play­ing i-spy, says Wendy To­bitt from the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust.

Chil­dren are so cu­ri­ous about what they see around them: why does that lady­bird have so many black spots, how do spi­ders make their webs, why do some trees have leaves all year round?

This sum­mer you can feed your chil­dren’s cu­rios­ity and find an­swers to many of their ‘why’ , ‘what is’ and ‘how does it’ ques­tions by be­com­ing a na­ture de­tec­tive.

On Satur­day July 25 Bucks County Mu­seum opened Na­ture De­tec­tives, one of the most ad­ven­tur­ous ex­hi­bi­tions staged in the build­ing, fea­tur­ing birds of prey, bats, wild flow­ers, but­ter­flies, wa­ter voles and ot­ters among lots of other wildlife from the county.

Mike Palmer, the Keeper of Nat­u­ral History at Bucks County Mu­seum, is giv­ing a show­case to many wildlife and con­ser­va­tion groups across Bucks. Come along and find out why the he pere­grines li­kee nest­ing on County Hall, how bats hear in­sects, why the River Mis­bourne is a wa­ter vole haven and what the dif­fer­ences aree be­tween a songg thrush, field­fare andd red­wing.

Stun­ning pho­to­graphs as well as ex­am­ples of wildlife will en­cour­age visi­tors to go out and ex­plore dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days.

If you’ve been to the Wildlife Trust’s na­ture re­serve at Col­lege Lake you may al­ready be fa­mil­iar with the ex­tra­or­di­nary bird life, but how many have seen a hobby, one of the sum­mer mi­grant birds that swoops across the wa­ter in search of drag­on­flies.

For one week from Au­gust 17, Col­lege Lake will be open later than usual so that visi­tors get an op­por­tu­nity to watch hob­bies and other wildlife of the sum­mer night emerg­ing as the sun sets.

Dur­ing the sum­mer we’re run­ning sev­eral events for fam­i­lies in­clud­ing Am­monites and Urchins on Au­gust 8. Travel back in time to when mol­luscs, fish, sea urchins and even sharks were swimming in Buck­ing­hamshire’s own an­cient ocean!

Be a na­ture de­tec­tive and fol­low the ge­o­log­i­cal clues in Col­lege Lake, dis­cover why it be­came a chalk quarry and what an­i­mals lived here when it was on the bot­tom of a sub-trop­i­cal sea.

Na­ture De­tec­tives ex­hi­bi­tion at Bucks County Mu­seum from 25 July to 31 Oc­to­ber.

Dis­cover wildlife at Col­lege Lake. www.bbowt.org.uk/whats-on.

Wendy Tob­bit is the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust media man­ager. Her col­umn ap­pears regularly.

Pere­grine: Pic­ture Neil Aldridge

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