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Wintering Birds Weekend at Idle Valley

Friday 9th January

Wintering Birds Weekend at Idle Valley

Despite being the coldest and darkest time of the year, there’s a wealth of wildlife experiences waiting to be had during the winter months. Winter brings a flurry of feathered life, as both migrants and native birds dart around in search of food, and wetland bird numbers are bolstered with over-wintering waterfowl.


In celebration of this, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will be hosting a ‘Wintering Birds Weekend’ at their award winning Idle Valley Nature Reserve. The event will run over the weekend of January 17-18th and visitors can take part in events and or simply stroll around the reserve enjoying the wild sights the season brings. There will be an Opticron binocular display and demo area in the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre, where visitors can get their hands on brilliantly priced lenses and try out the latest kit throughout the weekend.


“We get some fantastic birdlife at the Idle Valley, with over 250 species recorded – it’s one of the top places in the UK for bird life. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone this weekend, and it’s a great chance for families to come down and explore the world of over wintering birds.” – Trish Evans, Idle Valley Education & Visitors Services Manager, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.


The weekend promises a great day for families with children’s activity sheets and themed activities taking place from 11am – 2pm on both days. On the 18th there will be a morning bird walk at 9.30am to explore the reserve, and a fantastic illustrated talk on winter birds by the Lound Birding Club at noon.

Visitors to the Nature Centre who spend £20 or more on Walter Harrisons bird care products will  receive a FREE Walter Harrisons Small Hammertone Seed Feeder worth £5.49.

A poster detailing the scheduled activities for both days can be viewed/downloaded here

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