Natural England Botanist Stephen Parker is to lead a ‘not too strenuous’ all day walk in the woodland and wetland areas around the Wellington Monument on Saturday 22nd April.
The Blackdown Hills Guided Walk promises to be a chance to discover the plant and animal life in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty described as ‘“the West Country’s Hidden Gem”, a mixture of high plateau grass and heathland, steep slopes, woodland and marshland on the lower slopes, all of which support a wide variety of plant and animal life. Unusual species of orchids and other plants, dormice, lizards and butterflies are all present.
Being a compact area walkers will be able to visit a variety of habitats on foot without having to undertake a long or strenuous trek and the day will be paced for easy walking with plenty of time to examine the wildlife features as well as enjoying the spectacular views over the Somerset countryside.
The event is organised by Tiverton Workers Educational Association (WEA). The WEA is a voluntary group which organises adult education courses and events where the emphasis is on good quality teaching. Its aim is to make learning a pleasurable and fulfilling activity for all, irrespective of individual’s background in formal education.
The walk begins at Wellington Monument Car Park at 10.00am on Saturday 22nd April. Prior booking is essential and walkers should bring their own picnic lunches.
Contact Les Boyce on 01884 256819 or firstname.lastname@example.org Cost £25.