Make a Royal Date with Nature this Jubilee weekend
Last modified: 28 May 2012
There’s double the reason to celebrate this bank holiday weekend at RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve in Silverdale. Not only is it the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but it’s also the launch of the reserve’s Red Deer Date with Nature.
The RSPB’s Date with Nature events are run throughout the UK, showing people some of the most amazing wildlife spectacles this country has to offer. One such wonder is capturing the sight of majestic red deer at Leighton Moss. This June, July and August, staff and volunteers at the reserve will be on hand on Wednesday to Sunday afternoons every week, to help visitors experience these magnificent animals in the wild. These stunning creatures are the largest land mammal in the UK and can often be spotted up close from some of the hides at the nature reserve.
To launch this Date with Nature, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the reserve is holding a whole host of free activities from Friday 1 June through to Jubilee day on Tuesday 5 June. Between 1 and 4pm on these days, families can drop in and have a go at red deer mask making, fairy cake decorating, hobby deer creating and badge making.
There is also the opportunity to follow a red deer trail down to the hides where RSPB staff and volunteers will be around to help you discover more about the regal red deer and some of the other special wildlife they share the reserve with. You may even be lucky and spot a ‘Royal’ stag which has 12 or more branches to its antlers. Entry to the nature reserve is free for RSPB members, otherwise a contribution to the reserve of £10 for a family applies.
Kevin Kelly, Information Assistant on the Date with Nature said “It’s absolutely fantastic to be able to show these stunning mammals to our visitors. Because we are the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, most people know about all the important conservation work we do to help our feathered friends, but sometimes people are less aware that we do amazing work to help all sorts of other wildlife too. Here at Leighton Moss, the red deer are a brilliant example of that. They come out and about close to the hides giving you excellent views of just how truly regal they are. The stag’s antlers could certainly compete with the Queen’s crown for the best head wear around this bank holiday!”
For more information on other events being held at Leighton Moss throughout the half term holidays, and the rest of the year, visit www.rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss
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