Godstone Goes Wild!

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More than 500 people joined Surrey Wildlife Trust for one of its 60th anniversary events at the Bay Pond private nature reserve in the heart of Godstone village on Saturday 15th June.

Many families were delighted to discover Bay Pond for the very first time and enjoyed the wonderful activities on offer.

With wildlife experts on hand from the Trust and the Surrey Amphibian & Reptile Group, families were introduced to the frogs and newts from the pond, they got to see and touch a slow worm and grass snake. The children loved meadow sweeping, pond dipping, fire-lighting, marshmallow toasting and making mud kitchens and a wood medallion for Father’s Day.

Some visitors took advantage of doing some eco-friendly shopping, while others enjoyed a peaceful moment in one of the hides observing the wetland birds. The Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild challenge encourages people to connect with nature every day in June and this gave people a perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.

Sophie Coad, events manager at Surrey Wildlife Trust, said: ‘It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying a wild day out.  Children loved being able to go on a minibeast hunt and were fascinated by all the creatures they discovered. It’s just great to see all the kids getting close to nature, with muddy knees and happy faces.’