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Wetland 'Wild Day Out' at Bay Pond
As part of The Wildlife Trusts' Centenary Events taking place across the UK in 2012, Surrey Wildlife Trust Tandridge Local Group held a family friendly open day at Bay Pond Educational Nature Reserve in Godstone this weekend - titled ‘Our Wetland Wildlife’.
There was fun for all ages with activities such as bug hunting, bird watching, environmental games, woodland crafts and ‘Forest Schools’ taster sessions where children were able to make clay models, learn about safe fire-making and toast marshmallows on the camp fire! During the pond dipping sessions visitors were treated to close-up views of some of the fantastic creatures lurking beneath the surface of Bay Pond such as water scorpions, great diving beetles and alderfly larvae.
David Millen, SWT Volunteer Warden at Bay Pond says; “The event was smothered in sunshine with smiles all round! The pond dipping proved to be the main attraction for children and adults alike, but everyone enjoyed all the attractions on offer, especially the woodland crafts and the toasted marshmallows. Bay Pond is a little gem and incredibly important for the community. Many parents and children told me stories of their past visits and how wonderful it was to be here again.”
Aimee Clarke, SWT People & Wildlife Manager says; “We had a fantastic day with children and families exploring the beautiful Bay Pond Nature Reserve. Children took part in various activities including pond dipping, minibeast-hunts and ‘Forest Schools’ taster sessions where they tried their hand at green woodworking, fire-lighting and toasting marshmallows! Children exclaimed (with mouths full of marshmallows!) “This has been the best day ever!”
|Date published:||Wednesday 12 September 2012|