Last modified: 27 August 2013
Image: Eleanor Bentall
On Saturday 31 August, RSPB Conwy is opening its doors for everyone to enjoy the nature reserve at its best. A fun-day, filled with an exciting programme of activities has been organised to celebrate the reserve’s recent makeover.
Between 10am and 4pm, there will be pond dipping, minibeast-making, face-painting, giant bubble making with Dr Zig, exciting play activities with Conwy Play Rangers, stalls, craft making, guided walks bird-ringing - an opportunity to see birds up close, a premiere of the makeover film made by Tape Community Music and Film, Record-breaking Birds Show and much more.
Julian Hughes, Reserve Manager said, “We are inviting everyone from the local area and visitors alike, to come and discover the reserve’s new-look. It will be a day to remember and a perfect way to end the summer.”
Last autumn, work started on improving the site’s facilities. The reserve has built an exciting new play space with climbing frames, a play tunnel and a picnic area, and has landscaped part of the reserve to provide breathtaking views across the lagoons and up the Conwy Valley. Staff and volunteers have also constructed The LookOut - a fantastic building made from straw-bales.
Julian Hughes, continued, “It's almost too good to believe that that we have nearly completed the work. It felt like yesterday when we welcomed the first digger onto the site...that was 9 months ago!”
Other elements of the redevelopment project include car park improvements, a solar thermal system for the Coffee Shop, a colourful mural in Tal-y-fan hide, and a new viewpoint that provides great views of the reserve and its wildlife.
There are no entry charges on Saturday 31 August, but a donation of £1 is requested from visitors. The event runs from 10am to 4pm.
Conwy Connections is an initiative part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and is a component element of Natural Resources Wales' Communities and Nature strategic project.
RSPB Cymru would like to thank those whose donations support RSPB Conwy nature reserve and visitor facilities, including The Crown Estate, Cemlyn Jones Trust, Environment Wales, Tesco plc, Conwy Town Council and RSPB Conwy Support Group.
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