Potteric Carr to host Yorkshire Nature Festival

Pond dipping at Potteric Carr.

Pond dipping at Potteric Carr.

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Yorkshire Nature Festival is to be held on May 25 - and promises to be 2014’s largest celebration of wildlife in Yorkshire.

The event is the biggest of the year hosted by local wildlife conservation charity Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, which has over 36,500 members in the county – all who love their local wildlife and wild places.

Held at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, there is plenty of opportunity for all visitors to explore the four excellent trails which wind from woodland to wetland, meaning there is chance to marvel at all sorts of wildlife.

And the best news is, that for this day only entry to the nature reserve is FREE to all.

In addition to exploring the nature reserve, which is home to butterflies, kingfishers, grass snakes and more, there will also be lots of fun activities and crafts to take part in and stalls to visit.

The Kingfisher Tearooms will also be open for business, selling a range of freshly prepared food.

You don’t need to be a nature expert to love Potteric Carr, simply getting lost walking through the pathways shaded by trees can be an incredibly relaxing experience. Staff will be on hand to answer all wildlife queries and introduce you to new species should you come across them.

Kat Woolley, Education Officer based on the site, said about the planned event: “We are hoping to show off the brilliant wildlife and conservation efforts going on in Yorkshire in a fun and interactive environment. There will be loads of things for families to do, including crafts or pond dipping, as well as opportunities to meet people from the Yorkshire Dragonfly Society and the Yorkshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation.”

The event begins at 10am and will finish at 4pm. There is parking on site and booking is not required.

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve forms one of the gateway sites for the Humberhead Levels Partnership Nature Improvement Area (NIA), providing an easy access site that people with all levels of knowledge can come and experience wildlife up close and find out more should they wish.