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Black Country wildlife experts start urban nature lessons

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

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WILDLIFE experts from the Black Country are helping people go green this summer by learning about birds and mini-beasts.

Gary Roskell, from the Wildlife Trust for the Black Country, will be running the free workshops from 11am-4pm, which are aimed at helping families take a more sustainable approach to nature.

It includes ways to encourage birds to nest, such as the black redstart - one of the UK's rarest birds - which makes its home in the Black Country.

Gary said: "We want to help the children understand that even in urban areas there is plenty of wildlife around them, whether it's a peregrine falcon nesting on a tower bock, a robin in their garden, or the black redstart which can be found nesting from Birmingham to Wolverhampton, plus a few other urban areas."

He'll be leading the workshops at fun-filled eco-events at Northfield Shopping Centre in Birmingham to help keep youngsters entertained during the school holidays, each Thursday from today (August 7) to August 28.

Inside a specially-constructed picket fence, a fruits of the earth day will see the children sowing their own seeds to take home, plus making bird feeders from recycled materials. The Wildlife Trust will be on hand offer a learning table of bird facts, so the whole family can get involved.

The following week families can discover more about creepy-crawlies and will help to make their own bug-spotter kits so they can continue their wildlife exploration in their own gardens.

Just turn up on the day and register.

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