From bats and bugs to walks and talks at Willow Tree Fen

Monday 21st September 2015

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Heritage Lincolnshire, a charitable trust based in Heckington, and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust are inviting walkers and their families to celebrate the launch of South Lincolnshire Walking Festival at a free family fun day on Saturday 26 September from 10am until 6pm. The launch will take place at Willow Tree Fen Nature Reserve near Spalding.

The brand new walking festival, which has been made possible by funding from the Big Lottery Fund and Lincolnshire County Council, will take place between 25 September and 31 October and will feature free guided walks in North & South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland. There are 76 guided walks led by organisations such as the Ramblers, Walking for Health, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, RSPB and the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology plus many more. There are various walk lengths and difficulty levels, all of which are detailed in the programme that can be downloaded from or picked up at a Tourist Information Centre.

Beverley Gormley, Heritage Lincolnshire’s Cultural Events Officer, said “The South Lincolnshire Walking Festival’s launch event is going to be a great day out for all the family! There’ll be guided walks around the nature reserve along with bat detecting, owl pellet dissection, pond dipping, den building, badge making and craft activities. Willow Tree Fen is a wonderful place for us to launch the Walking Festival, giving families the opportunity to have fun and go on short walks with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s experts.”

South Lincolnshire has a varied landscape that has witnessed Bronze Age burials, Iron Age mints, roman forts, the Knights Templar, castles and abbeys but the festival isn’t only for history lovers. Whether you want to roam with Ramblers, have an adventure with your kids, get snapping on a photography foray or get fit on a health trail, there’s something for everyone. The walks will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays so that those who work or want to involve the family don’t miss out. 

Visit the Festival website, Facebook or Twitter pages to find out more.

Events at Willow Tree Fen

Willow Tree Fen – 11am, Friday 25 September
Explore the past and future of this exciting new fenland reserve and experience the seasonal highlights.

Willow Tree Fen Dusk Walk – 6pm, Friday 25 September
A gentle stroll at dusk on the lookout for some of our favourite fenland species such as barn owl, badger and muntjac deer. Includes free owl pellet dissection activity for kids.

Willow Tree Fen Tracks and Signs – 11am, Saturday 26 September
Join us as we stroll around Willow Tree Fen, discovering what tracks have been left behind by the reserve's inhabitants. Learn more about the wildlife present on site and how to identify some common footprints. Plaster casts can be taken.

Walking around livestock – 2pm, Saturday 26 September
There is more than wildlife at Willow Tree Fen - the reserve is home to livestock, which aid management. Ever wondered what these beasts actually do and how to safely move around them? Join us and one of our graziers as we learn more about these conservation machines.

Willow Tree Fen Bat and Moth Walk – 6pm, Saturday 26 September
Explore what's around Willow Tree Fen at night on a stroll around the reserve with bat detectors and a chance to see what the moth traps lure in. With Annette Faulkner from the Lincolnshire Bat Group and moth experts.

Willow Tree Fen is situated just off Counter Drain Drove in between Spalding and Bourne.

Guided walk at Baston Fen

Baston Fen – 10am, Sunday 4 October
Join us for a stroll around Baston Fen nature reserve as we explore what this reserve has to offer and the management it undergoes. There are some steep banks and cattle may be present.
Booking essential, through SE Lincs Warden, John Oliver on 07879 554675.

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