Get Set to Go Wild in Guildford!
Thursday 16th March 2017
Come and meet some slow worms! Picture: Jon Hawkins
Creepy crawlies, slow worms, a prickly hedgehog and a giant badger will be helping shoppers get in touch with their wild side next month as ‘Guildford Goes Wild’ comes to the town centre.
The FREE family activity day on Saturday April 1st, organised by Surrey Wildlife Trust, is aimed at celebrating all things wild in the county.
“We want people to come along and have a go at minibeast hunting, planting sunflowers, and making bird feeders,” said the Trust’s Wildlife Gardening Officer Dawn Fielding. “There will also be wild face-painting and the chance to chat to our wildlife experts - not forgetting our mascot Billy the Badger!”
A FREE exhibition of stunning nature photographs by winner of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Richard Peters will also be on display. See a selection of his amazing images here: >>
A morning of specialist talks on wildlife gardening is a highlight of the event, with speakers including hedgehog specialist Chris Matcham and experts from the Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group (SARG), Surrey Bat Group and Butterfly Conservation Surrey and SW London.
“Our experts will be sharing inspiring advice on how to attract hedgehogs, butterflies and bats into your garden, as well as top tips on how to make a wildlife friendly pond - so we really hope people will come along and learn how to help wildlife in their backyards,” added Dawn.
The wildlife gardening talks will be held at The Trinity Centre, behind Holy Trinity Church, in Guildford High Street, from 9.30am-1pm. Tickets for the morning of talks cost £12 for SWT members and £15 for non-members.
Look out for the Trust’s fun ‘Guildford Goes Wild’ activity stalls in Guildford High Street and in North Street from 10am-3pm on Saturday April 1st.
"We hope people will take time out from their shopping to explore their wild side with us in Guildford – you never know what you might discover about the wildlife on your doorstep,” said Dawn.
For more information about the ‘Guildford Goes Wild’ event and to book your place on the wildlife gardening talks click here: >>. For a host of wildlife gardening advice and videos please visit our information pages here >>