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Series of events aim to encourage more wildlife at Fradley Junction

Bogs, birds, bats and bulbs are on the agenda at a series of events near Lichfield.

Fradley Junction will play host to the environmental activity days which aim to improve the site for wildlife.

One of the more unusual activities will enable visitors to create their very own bog which it is hoped will one day be home to a range of weird and wonderful plants and creatures.

A spokesperson explained:

“Bogs are important for biodiversity and the activity day on September 19, will see local people work with Burton Conservation Volunteers to transform a currently disused area by Fradley Pool into a thriving wetland habitat.

“Once established it is hoped that the bog will enable plants such as marsh marigolds, freshwater mint and Yellowflag Irises to grow and encourage insects such as the boghopper beetle and hairy canary fly to visit.”

Other activities taking place until September 25 include bat hunts using ultra-sonic listening devices to detect different species as they fly overhead and a workshop to enable Alrewas Girl Guides to build their own nesting boxes for birds and bats.

The activity days will conclude with an environment day that will see volunteers planting native bulbs such as daffodils and blue bells and having a go at building bird boxes to take away with them ready for next spring.

Lucie Hoelmer, British Waterways regeneration project manager, added:

“Autumn is a fantastic time for enjoying watery wildlife but it’s also the ideal opportunity to invest some time in preparing for Spring.  Whether it’s creating a bog or building a bird box the Fradley activity days are designed to give as many people of different ages and abilities the chance to really make a difference to their local environment and the benefits of their efforts will be seen not just over the coming weeks and months but hopefully long into the future.”

All of the activity days are free and have been organised as part of the It all ties up at Fradley project, which secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lichfield District Council’s Section 106 funding, to develop a number of trails, events, sensory aids, resource boxes, interpretation panels and seating for the site over the course of the last 18 months.

Places on all activities can be booked by calling Fradley Visitor Centre on 01827 252240 – a full list of events is below:

  • September 18 – Bat Box activity and bat walk, from 4pm.
  • September 19 – Bog Creation Day with Burton Conservation Volunteers.
  • September 25 – Environment Day, 11am to 2pm.

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