September 17, 2008

Wild About Park Life

AWILDLIFE club aimed at children aged eight to 12 who enjoy exploring their environment will begin at Porthkerry Country Park, Barry, next month.

The Porthkerry Wildlife Watch group meets once a month on a Saturday morning to carry out a range of activities, including pond- dipping, barn owl surveys and making homes for hedgehogs.

Mel Stewart, ranger at the Vale of Glamorgan Council-owned park in Barry, said: "Last year we had lots of fun. We put out over 30 dormouse tubes, built a log circle and planted more than 150 trees.

"Our aim is to increase understanding and awareness of our environment, encourage a caring attitude towards wildlife and create fun and informal ways to investigate our surroundings.

He added: "We are keen to hear from more local youngsters."

Any children interested in joining the group, or any adults who would like to help with its running, should contact the ranger service at Porthkerry Country Park on 01446 733589.

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