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Celebrate our coastal wildlife at South Walney Nature Reserve

Adult grey seal © Tom Marshall

Don’t miss Walney Wildlife Day on Saturday 16 November – it promises to be a great day out for all the family. Cumbria Wildlife Trust is running the free event from 11.00am to 3.00pm at its flagship nature reserve at South Walney near Barrow. It’s home not only to the North West’s only breeding grey seal colony (including three pups so far this season!) but is also a great place to see spectacular flocks of winter wading birds.

Highlights of Walney Wildlife Day on Saturday 16 November include:

Stranded on Foulney – 11.30am–3.30pm

Take part in an unforgettable guided walk with a ranger, who will take you over to neighbouring Foulney Island where you’ll be ‘stranded’ by the high tide so you can see stunning flocks of wading birds. (NB: This event must be booked in advance.)

Activity-filled hides

Visit all five bird hides at South Walney Nature Reserve where enthusiastic experts will be on hand to help you identify any wildlife that you see. Each hide will also have a fun children’s activity – the first 70 children to complete all five activities will win a goodie bag!

Visitor Cabin fun

Get crafty in the newly-opened visitor cabin, which will be filled with fun activities such as making jellyfish, mask-making and face-painting. You can also watch the grey seals and their pups close up in the seal cam cinema, and buy snacks and drinks. Please bring your reusable mugs for hot drinks and wrap up warm!

There will be a raffle with great prizes for all the family, including:

  • Two family tickets for the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway
  • Afternoon tea for three at The Grange Hotel
  • Family pass to Maryport Aquarium
  • Go Ape voucher
  • Hawkshead Brewery voucher

No dogs are allowed on South Walney Nature Reserve (except assistance dogs).

For more details go to www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk or find our Facebook event @cumbriawildlifetrust #WalneyWildlifeDay

No need to pre-book, apart from the Stranded at Foulney event (suitable for 12 years and above). To book your place, please email [email protected] or ring 01539 816300.

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