Join an early morning stroll to take in the dawn chorus, sample a delicious locally-sourced cooked breakfast, marvel at the variety of bats stealthily darting above our ponds and lakes at dusk, or lie back and enjoy the mellow tunes of a folk artist singing amongst the trees in an orchard – these are just some of the events Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is organising on behalf of the Swindon and Wiltshire Biodiversity Partnerships to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, on Saturday 22 May.
The events, which are suitable for all ages, will take place at Lower Moor Farm, near Oaksey, Swindon Lagoons in Swindon, and at Langford Lakes near Salisbury, from sunrise to sunset.
“United Nations named this year as the International Year of Biodiversity to highlight the importance of life on earth in all its forms,” says Chris Canty, the Trust’s event coordinator. “What affects biodiversity ultimately affects us – this year is all about celebrating wildlife in all its diversity, finding out – and enjoying – what lives on our doorstep, and what, if necessary, needs to be done to protect it.”
The county’s dragonfly recorder Steve Covey, who will lead a walk at Swindon Lagoons, says: “This year reinforces what I believe in – that we can’t live in isolation from nature. We need a healthy ecosystem with all species in the food chain; without even the tiniest of creatures we won’t survive. This year will hopefully bring this message to a wider audience.”?
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