TV pre­sen­ter Pack­ham is head­ing for Ben Law­ers

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

TV pre­sen­ter and nat­u­ral­ist Chris Pack­ham is mak­ing a bee­line for the Ben Law­ers Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve to­mor­row (Satur­day).

It is the first stop on a 10-day Bioblitz tour of sites across the UK dur­ing which he will in­ves­ti­gate the ex­tent to which the na­tion’s wildlife species are un­der threat.

The Spring­watch pre­sen­ter is to meet and raise money for the lo­cal projects work­ing on the con­ser­va­tion of wildlife habi­tats.

Chris will also visit Beech­wood in Stir­ling on Satur­day to see the On the Verge scheme, which en­cour­ages schools and com­mu­nity groups to sow ar­eas of na­tive wild flow­ers. His itinerary also in­cludes Flan­ders Moss on Sun­day. The Beech­wood and Flan­ders Moss vis­its are in­vi­ta­tion only.

Ben Law­ers is op­er­ated by the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land and its ranger nat­u­ral­ist He­len Cole, said:“This is a very im­por­tant place for all sorts of plants, in­sects and an­i­mals and we hope the pub­lic will come along and help us dis­cover more about the won­der­ful wildlife all of us here help pro­tect, for the love of Scot­land.”

Ben Law­ers is one of 50 sites Chris will be vis­it­ing. And from 8am to noon vis­i­tors are in­vited to come and get hands on with record­ing the wild­flow­ers, plants, in­sects and birds that flour­ish on Ben Law­ers Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve.

At­ten­dees should meet at the Ben Law­ers Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve car park to join in for free.

The UK Bioblitz team in­cludes 100s of ex­perts, species spe­cial­ists, young con­ser­va­tion­ists and film mak­ers all work­ing to­gether to high­light the state of our wildlife and the need for ur­gent cen­tralised ac­tion to en­sure we have wildlife ev­ery­where.

Ben Law­ers is re­garded as a hugely sig­nif­i­cant place for botanists, renowned for its arc­tic-alpine flora, many of which are rare and en­dan­gered. The area is also home to wildlife in­clud­ing red deer, ptarmi­gan, black grouse and ravens.

Au­dit TV pre­sen­ter Chris Pack­ham will be vis­it­ing Ben Law­ers and sites in Stir­ling­shire

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