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NEWS RELEASE No: 85141 JUNE 2006


WOODS, WALKS AND WILDLIFE - (NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, RUTLAND, SOUTH LINCOLNSHIRE AND BEDFORDSHIRE)


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JUNE in the Forestry Commission’s woods in Northamptonshire, Rutland, south Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire

    The Forestry Commission organises hundreds of events each year for visitors all year round. Here is June’s listing of events and activities around the region:

    Red Kites @ Rockingham
    Throughout June.
    The red kite information centre, in Fineshade Woods, near Corby, will be open daily to introduce visitors to these magnificent birds of prey. A video link from a treetop camera will enable people to spy on life in a nest. Opening times: 10am to 5pm, on weekdays: from 10am to 6pm at weekends and on bank holidays. On Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, there will be guided walks, starting at 11am, showing visitors red kites on the wing and their woodland habitat. Cost: information centre - free; guided walks - 1 per person.
    For information ring 01780 444098 or 07921 875672.

    Spider Hunt
    Friday, June 2.
    Discover the unexpected beauty and the amazing hunting, spinning and camouflage skills of spiders on this special event in Fineshade Woods led by spider enthusiast Tom Thomas. 11am to 1pm. Meet in the Fineshade Woods car park. Cost: 3 for adults, 1 for children, 6 for families (two adults and two children). Advance booking is essential.
    To book, or for information, ring the Forestry Commission, on 01780 444920.

    Moth Morning
    Saturday, June 3.
    Discover the myriad moths living in ancient Fineshade Woods by seeing what has been captured in the traps set up the night before. Dr. David Sheppard, from English Nature, will help you identify the insects and tell you something of their lives. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. 10am to noon. Meet in the Red Kite Barn, at Fineshade. Cost: 2 for adults, free for children. There is no need to book.
    For information, ring 01780 444098.

    Wildflower Walk
    Thursday, June 8.
    Discover orchids and plenty of other floral beauties on a guided walk led by botanist Perdita Cawthorne. Wear outdoor clothing and footwear. 10.30am to 12.30pm. Meet in the Red Kite Barn, at Fineshade. Cost: 2 for adults, free for children. There is no need to book.
    For information, ring 01780 444098.

    A Backwards Glance - an ‘Active Woods’ event
    Sunday, June 11.
    Learn about the rich archaeology and chequered past of ancient Maulden Woods, near Clophill, in the company of forest district manager, Kevin Stannard. Wear outdoor clothing and footwear. 10am start. Meet in the Deadman’s Hill lay-by, off the northbound A6, near Clophill (grid ref: TL070396). Cost: free. There is no need to book.
    For information, ring the Forestry Commission, on 01780 444920.

    Yardley Chase Deer Park - an ‘Active Woods’ event
    Sunday, June 18.
    Enjoy a rare chance to visit the private woodlands of the Marquis of Northampton and look for fallow deer and their newborn fawns. With wildlife ranger Andy Patmore. Wear dull-coloured, rustle-free clothing and suitable footwear. 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Meet at the Forestry Commission’s Yardley Hastings office, off the A428 Bedford road (grid ref: SP855574). Cost: 4 per person. Advance booking is essential.
    To book, or for information, ring the Forestry Commission, on 01780 444920.
    Walking through the Woods - an ‘Active Woods’ event
    Sunday, June 18.
    Enjoy a five-hour trek, led by amateur naturalist Peter Fretwell, through ancient Fineshade Wood looking for red kites, deer, butterflies, wildflowers, lizards and much more besides. The event includes a one-hour stop for a pub lunch in King’s Cliffe. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, a sun hat and a drink. 10am to 4pm. Meet at the Red Kite Barn, Fineshade. Cost: 4 per person (this does not include the cost of lunch). Advance booking is essential.
    To book, or for information, ring 01780 444098.

    Glow-Worm Survey Evenings
    Fridays, June 23 and 30.
    Come to Twyford Wood and help count the sparks of light made by glow-worms trying to attract mates in the dark. These nocturnal insects display along the woods’ old WW2 runways. The surveys will help foresters assess the health of the population and decide on future management. Wear warm, outdoor clothing and footwear.10pm to midnight. Meet at the woodland entrance, half a mile east of the Colsterworth roundabout on the A1. Cost: free. There is no need to book.
    For information ring the Forestry Commission, on 01780 444920.

    In the Saddle – an ‘Active Woods’ event
    Sunday, June 25.
    Bring the family for a gentle guided cycle ride through lovely Salcey Forest, led by ranger Jo Roberts. The route will cover up to ten miles along forest roads or quiet lanes. Wear comfortable clothes and non-slip footwear, and bring a drink. 10.30am to noon. Meet in the Salcey Forest main car park, off the Quinton to Hanslope road, 6 miles south of Northampton. Cost: 1 for adults, 50p for children. Children should be at least seven years old and proficient cyclists. Advance booking is essential.
    To book, or for information, ring the Forestry Commission, on 01780 444920.


    Salcey Saunter - an ‘Active Woods’ event
    Friday, June 30.
    Enjoy an eight-mile walk through ancient Salcey Forest with wildlife ranger Andy Patmore. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and strong footwear. Bring a drink, lunch, and money for a drink in a local pub halfway round (the pub does not serve food). 10am to 3pm. Meet in the Salcey Forest main car park, off the Quinton to Hanslope road, 6 miles south of Northampton. Cost: 4 per person. Advance booking is essential.
    To book, or for information, ring the Forestry Commission, on 01780 444920.

    Foresters at Work
    Throughout June.
    The following woods will be affected by a range of forest operations this month. Visitors should keep clear of all work and follow the instructions on any warning signs sited around the affected area. Some paths and trails may be temporarily diverted for safety reasons. The woods affected in June will be:
    Bourne Woods, near Bourne: thinning conifers as part of the Ancient Woodland Project; (some rides and paths may be closed or diverted from time to time);
    Hazelborough Woods, near Silverstone – thinning oak to encourage natural regeneration, and ride widening to enhance butterfly habitats;
    Salcey Forest, near Northampton – ride widening and coppicing;
    Wakerley Great Wood, near Corby – thinning pines to allow the remaing trees to reach maturity, and repairing forest roads and rides following harvesting;
    Wardley Wood, near Uppingham – repairing forest roads after harvesting.
    For more information ring the Forestry Commission, on 01780 444920.

    Details of other events and forests to visit can be obtained by logging on to the Commission’s website at www.forestry.gov.uk/whatson or www.forestry.gov/uk/recreation, or ring its public enquiry line on 0845 FORESTS (0845 367 3787).

    NOTE TO EDITORSS
    For further information contact Cheryl Joyce, at the Forestry Commission’s Northants Forest District office, on 01780 444920.
    Active Woods’ is bidding to get people off the sofa and into woodlands to improve their health. The Government's White Paper "Choosing Health: Making Healthy Choices Easier" reveals that over a third of people are not active enough, while rates of walking and cycling have fallen since 1980. Obesity levels have also tripled. Active Woods aims to chip away at these statistics. Not only do the nation's forests offer a host of ways to keep in trim and have fun, but exercising in natural environments reduces stress levels and can speed recovery from illness. To find out more log on to www.forestry.gov.uk/active or phone 0845 3673787.

    The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests, and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive woodlands. Further information about the Commission can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk.