Nature Guernsey is holding its first public event showcasing the wildlife Guernsey has to offer during Spring in the sea, air and on land around the west coast this Sunday 15 April.
The spring family event is open to all and families are especially welcome during the afternoon, which will highlight two of Guernsey’s flagship reserves; the Colin Best Nature Reserve and La Claire Mare Nature Reserve.
Nature Guernsey is the new identity of the Natural History sections of La Société Guernesiaise and today's event will take place between 14:00 and 16:00.
Members of the Natural History sections will guide participants around the reserves and along the Shingle Bank, looking at migrating birds, spring wildflowers and pollinating insects along with rock pooling sessions on the beach.
Barry Wells, Vice President of La Société Guernesiaise said: "Hopefully there will be Wheatears, Swallows, Sand Martins, Willow Warblers and if the weather is kind several bee species and early butterflies. People should dress appropriately but the weather looks good at the moment. It should be a fun afternoon."
As well as engaging existing members, Nature Guernsey aims to introduce the organisation to non-members who may not be aware of the environmental work of La Société Guernesiaise or the benefit of joining.
La Societe Guernesiaise owns or manages a number of reserves which are unique in terms of habitat, such as wet orchid meadows, saltmarsh and coastal grazing land. Much of these habitats were in danger of disappearing completely from the island, before La Societe Guernesiaise purchased or leased the land, managing it for wildlife and the enjoyment of future generations.
Programmes such as BBC Springwatch have highlighted the public's appetite for wildlife and the environment, and Nature Guernsey hopes to capture that enthusiasm here in the island.
Those interested in attending are asked to meet at the gazebos at the entrance to the Colin Best reserve at 14.00 (Perry's 12B5).
This is the first of four events Nature Guernsey will be holding this year and details of all will be posted on their Facebook page.
Pictured main image: Colin Best Nature Reserve
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