Nearly 250 people enjoyed discovering the signs of spring at a packed event last week.
Scores of people enjoyed the wonderful spring weather at Panshanger Park last week, at a special Easter event organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in partnership with Lafarge Tarmac.
Families took part in the Signs of Spring Spotting Challenge to see how much wildlife they could see and hear during the course of the event – from bluebells and frogspawn to buzzing bumblebees and singing birds.
Children got stuck into making bird feeders with pine cones and yoghurt pots. There were fun bunny masks to create and the challenge of the ‘What’s That Wildlife?’ quiz – who could name all 20 different animals and plants?
A donation from a local dog grooming parlour of surplus dog fur allowed the children to create balls of nesting material for spring birds. Gathering it together in a ball like this and hanging it up encourages the birds to come down and collect it. They use the fur to line their newly built nests. A one-stop nesting shop for busy tweeters!
Jennifer Gilbert, Panshanger Park People and Wildlife Officer, said: “It was fantastic to see another great turn out for an event at Panshanger Park. We’re really pleased that our wildlife events are proving so popular with the local community. The weather was great too. The early mist burned off quickly and it got very warm, which brought out all the butterflies and bees just in time for the spring wildlife spotting challenge – perfect! Lots of people discovered Panshanger Park for the first time at this event and I hope they will feel inspired to visit again.”
Alan Everard, Head of Estates South Region for Lafarge Tarmac, said: “Lafarge Tarmac is working in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust to open up the historic landscape of Panshanger Park to the public, while at the same time highlighting and protecting its many wonderful attributes – from the varied wildlife to the rich history of the grounds and the stunning views of the landscape.”