This Easter, local residents are invited to join in the celebrations as RSPB Fairburn Ings marks 60 years since it was first designated a local nature reserve.
On Thursday 20 April, the first in a series of 'From the Coal Face to a Wild Place' guided walks will be led. The walks look at how the Ings has always been important in the local community, how it was forged by mining, and now acts as a flood plain to protect local homes and businesses.
Sally Granger, visitor experience manager said; "Fairburn is a hidden gem; 60 years ago there was still mining activity on site and the landscape was empty, but thanks to the hard work of local people it was transformed into the wildlife haven it is now.
"Generations of families have visited the reserve, pond dipping, feeding the ducks and developing a love of nature to carry throughout their lives."
The walk begins at 1 pm and will last approximately 2 hours; there are limited places available so booking is advised. The cost for this event is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children, a reasonable level of fitness and good footwear are recommended. There will be an accessible walk running later in the year.
Young visitors are also invited to get stuck in throughout the school holidays with a free 'Easter Discovery' quiz trail running 8 - 23 April. Anyone who returns their completed answer sheet can collect a special sticker.
For booking please contact RSPB Fairburn Ings visitor centre on email@example.com or call 01977 628191. More information about these events can be found on the reserve website www.rspb.org.uk/fairburnings