BAKING cakes for birds, dissecting owl pellets and hunting creepy-crawlies are just some of the activities on offer at the Waters’ Edge Wildlife Day on Sunday July 22.
This hugely popular celebration of the natural world attracts hundreds of visitors from all over the region.
A new addition for this year is the Activity Zone with creative workshops including pottery (Waters’ Edge stands on the site of a former brick and tile quarry and locally made clay pantiles were used heavily during the build of the visitor centre and the landscaping of the country park), microscopes, cakes for birds, dissecting owl pellets and all sorts of crafts from badges to bookmarks.
Activities around the country park include nature trails, pond dipping and bug hunting.
There are also displays of magnificent birds of prey from Willow Falconry - join them on their talk and handling sessions and don’t miss their grand finale flying display.
Wildlife groups, charities trusts and other organisations that work with the environment attend the event with information and advice about their work in the visitor centre.
Guest exhibitors for 2012 include:
* Lincolnshire Badger Group
* Lincolnshire Bat Group
* Hedgehog Rescue
* Natural England
* Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
* Willow Falconry
* Campaign for Rural England
* Independent Beekeepers
* Weirfield Wildlife Hospital
* Humber Herbs
* North Lincolnshire Council
* Environment Agency
Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre is one of the country’s most environmentally friendly buildings and every aspect of its design is tailored to sustainability.
The centre was designed by Leeds-based Bareham Architects and fits well into the landscape of the Humber bank.
Local materials were used in its construction and when it opened in 2006 it scored a BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of 80.6 per cent, well ahead of the 70 per cent needed for an ‘excellent’ classification.
This rating was the highest ever score for a new build in the UK and remained so for nearly two years.
Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre and Country Park is in Maltkiln Road, Barton-Upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire, DN18 5JR.
The centre is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm weekdays and from 10am to 5pm weekends and bank holidays.
Admission to the park and visitor centre is free with ample free parking.
Some activities carry a small charge and must be booked on the day.
Councillor Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Nature lovers from all over the region will flock to Waters’ Edge Wildlife Day.
“It’s an excellent event and gives people the chance to find out more about the wonders of the natural world right here on their doorstep.
“Wildlife Day promises to be a great day out for all the family.”