Wendy Tobitt helps you turn your garden into a wildlife haven
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