Nor­folk Wildlife Trust

The chang­ing of the sea­sons

EDP Norfolk - - Inside - For more in­for­ma­tion about both week­ends, please visit /www. nor­folk­wildlifetrust.org.uk/cley-calling

THE SUM­MER hol­i­days are over, the chil­dren have re­turned to school and the north Nor­folk coast’s beaches are silent again but for the cries of gulls and the waves lap­ping or, on stormy days, crash­ing on the shore. This won­der­ful land­scape be­comes the habi­tat of walk­ers, bird­watch­ers and soli­tary fish­er­men once again. The change of the sea­sons also brings a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to spend time out­doors be­ing in­spired by the sights, sounds and smells of au­tumn and win­ter and re­con­nect with na­ture, re­gain some in­ner peace and dis­cover some of the hid­den as­pects of this spe­cial coast­line.

This au­tumn and win­ter, Nor­folk Wildlife Trust is cel­e­brat­ing the north Nor­folk coast through two long week­end mini-fes­ti­vals: Cley Calling – Au­tumn Colours (Thurs­day 5 Oc­to­ber to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8) fo­cus­ing on art, na­ture, health and well­be­ing; and Cley Calling – Win­ter Skies (Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 7 to Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10) fo­cus­ing on the breath-tak­ing sights of the Nor­folk coast, the sounds and the con­trasts in light.

Cley Calling – Au­tumn Colours co­in­cides with the Nor­folk Walk­ing and Cycling Fes­ti­val 2017 and in­cludes guided walks, health and well-be­ing events and cre­ative art work­shops. The long week­end also fea­tures renowned street artist ATM. His ex­per­tise lies in paint­ing en­dan­gered species, most com­monly birds, in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments in or­der to urge hu­mans to con­nect with na­ture. In Oc­to­ber he will be cre­at­ing a large scale mu­ral of an iconic Cley bird species at NWT Cley Marshes na­ture re­serve. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to come along and watch ATM in ac­tion as he cre­ates his mas­ter­piece at Cley Marshes Vis­i­tor Cen­tre. He will also be run­ning an in­ter­ac­tive street art work­shop with an ecol­ogy theme. At­ten­dees will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn some of ATM’s tricks of the trade, such as draw­ing, paint­ing and sten­cilling, as well as putting them into prac­tise them­selves.

Artist ATM says: “My painted walls call at­ten­tion to the beauty and im­por­tance of liv­ing crea­tures that are so of­ten over­looked, and whose needs are so of­ten ig­nored. By bring­ing colour and beauty to ne­glected parts of our cities and other places, I hope to inspire peo­ple to get in­volved ac­tively cre­at­ing a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment; trans­form­ing our cities, coun­try­side and seas for the ben­e­fit of na­ture and wildlife, which will in turn ben­e­fit all of us.”

Grow­ing up in a north­ern mill town, ATM spent his child­hood ex­plor­ing moors, wooded river val­leys and steep gorges around his home. Spell­bound by bird­song and wildlife, those early ex­pe­ri­ences cre­ate the fu­sion of in­dus­trial, ur­ban and na­ture in his art to­day.

Our busy, modern life­styles mean we are no longer as con­nected to our amaz­ing planet as we used to be – with much time spent in­doors or trav­el­ling by car all counts to­wards re­duc­ing our bond with the nat­u­ral world. There is a hu­man need for con­tact with na­ture, which has such huge ca­pac­ity

to ben­e­fit not only our phys­i­cal needs but our psy­cho­log­i­cal well-be­ing too. As part of the Cley Calling – Au­tumn Colours fes­ti­val week­end, Lau­rie Parma will be dis­cussing her re­search into the re­la­tion­ship be­tween well-be­ing and bio­di­ver­sity. She is cur­rently work­ing at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge on a project with the Cam­bridge Con­ser­va­tion Ini­tia­tive, in which they have de­vel­oped a new smart­phone app called Na­tureBuzz. The aim of the app is to cap­ture the re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­man well-be­ing and the en­vi­ron­ment, in or­der to fur­ther un­der­stand the ben­e­fits that na­ture can of­fer to us.

The Nor­folk Walk­ing and Cycling Fes­ti­val 2017, co­or­di­nated by Nor­folk County Coun­cil, aims to show­case the bril­liant walk­ing and cycling op­por­tu­ni­ties that the county of Nor­folk in­clud­ing our beau­ti­ful coast­line has to of­fer. Through­out Cley Calling – Au­tumn Colours, the trust will be host­ing a va­ri­ety of guided walks hosted by knowl­edge­able lo­cals and sea­soned ex­perts, with spec­tac­u­lar themes rang­ing from coastal ge­ol­ogy to Cley’s spe­cial wildlife and habi­tats. Some of the walk­ing guides will be stay­ing be­hind for a de­li­cious sup­per, and guests will have the op­por­tu­nity to join them and learn more about their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences on the north Nor­folk coast.

Win­ter is also a mag­i­cal time of year for ex­plor­ing the beau­ti­ful Nor­folk land­scape, with re­fresh­ing coastal walks, the sounds and sights of hun­dreds of wad­ing birds and in­cred­i­ble starry skies. The Cley Calling – Win­ter Skies week­end minifes­ti­val will cel­e­brate this spe­cial time of year with walks, work­shops and talks to dis­cover more about wildlife whilst evening per­for­mances en­cour­age rest and re­lax­ation. The Nor­folk Coast Part­ner­ship will launch the week­end with a fan­tas­tic talk on their Dark Skies project. Nor­folk is one of the dark­est coun­ties in Eng­land, and the lack of ar­ti­fi­cial light makes the Nor­folk Coast par­tic­u­larly good for stargaz­ing, and helps it to main­tain its ru­ral char­ac­ter. Dark skies cre­ate a sense of tran­quil­lity, and at Cley Marshes guests will have the chance to en­gage in a peace­ful as­tron­omy ses­sion, run by the Nor­folk As­tron­omy So­ci­ety, which aims to con­nect you more strongly with your senses and with na­ture.

Above: The Nor­folk marshes at Blak­eney

Op­po­site: Cley Marshes na­ture re­serve Be­low: ATM paint­ing a cut­tle­fish on a wall

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