Come and get mucky! Stroud Valleys Project are heading out to the great outdoors to get down and dirty (and wet!) with the BBC’s Springwatch Wild Day Out event.

The BBC is set to inspire new wildlife heroes to do something for nature and increase biodiversity in gardens and greenspaces in a Springwatch season of events.

Wildlife enthusiasts can join in locally at The Long Ground in Stroud, on Sunday 6th June, 10am-1pm as part of the BBC’s popular Breathing Places campaign.  The free event marks the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 promoting the importance of protecting a wide range of species across the UK and around the world.

Stroud Valleys Project volunteers will be building a wetland area at the Long Ground to create a brand new habitat for marginal plants as well as a cool hidey-hole for the resident amphibians. Ivi Szaboova from SVP, who organises the event, says: “A squelchy bit of ground with lovely bursts of colour from damp-loving flowers could often be more suitable than a pond, especially if you have a very small garden or young children scampering around. By installing a bog garden, you can help the populations of ‘little dragons’ like newts and reptiles like grass snakes flourish in urban areas where they may be scarce.”

Suitable for families with lots of hands-on activities for children, as well as free stickers, birdsong CDs and booklets about wildlife. Please bring a spade if you have one. Refreshments provided.

Says Springwatch presenter Kate Humble: “The Springwatch Wild Days Out are a great opportunity to learn more about the importance of biodiversity and to see what small thing you and your family can do for nature in your area.”

On Sunday 20 June viewers can join the Springwatch team on BBC Two for an inspirational Wild Night In - a two hour fund-raising extravaganza featuring David Attenborough, Graham Norton and other celebrities in support of threatened wildlife and wild places through the work of the BBC Wildlife Fund.

Meeting place for the Springwatch Wild Day Out event:

The Long Ground greenspace (entrance from Cainscross Road - opposite St Luke’s Medical Centre. Second entrance is from Stratford Road, Tesco’s car park - behind the supermarket building.)

For further details and to book a place contact Ivi Szaboova on 01453 753358 or 07876 050878.

Further BBC information about Springwatch: Sarah Sherwin 01442 823141/ 07836 549486

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Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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