Perfect spring sunshine drew visitors to Nynehead Court’s first Nature Day at the weekend. The event followed the success of Nynehead’s ‘Naturewatch’ last year.
Nynehead Court’s magnificent grounds were in perfect shape for walkers to explore nature trails and there was also a programme of activities – nature films, wildflower bomb-making, mini butterfly gardens and special nature-based activities for children – for them to enjoy.
Wildlife conservationist and broadcaster Chris Sperring MBE who works for the Hawk and Owl Trust introduced visitors to the programme before The Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams cut the ceremonial ribbon. Mr Sperring later presented a talk on ‘Making a Future for our Wildlife’. Ian Anderson of Somerset Otter Group also gave an illustrated lecture on ‘The Rise and Fall of the Otter’.
Work by wildlife photographers and artists was on display and local wildlife charities were represented. The ‘Walks with Hawks’ group which provides hands-on falconry experiences for both children’s and adult groups had brought along some of their stunning birds and representatives of Langford Heathfield, Somerset Wildlife Trust’s reserve, were on hand to talk about its role in conservation.
All profits from the day are to go to participating wildlife charities and local wildlife groups: Somerset Wildlife Trust; National Trust and Somerset Otter Group.