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NEWS RELEASE No: 1350916 APRIL 2010

Early birds head to Quantock Hills for dawn chorus

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View over Great Wood, Somerset

On Sunday 9 May, people are invited by the Forestry Commission and the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to Willett Hill, near Bridgwater, to take part in a short guided walk to hear the dawn chorus.

Starting early at 4am people can listen as woodland birds herald the spring. Everyone is welcome at the event, which finishes at 7am.

Andy Harris, the Quantocks AONB Ranger says:

“This event will be an opportunity to visit a little known forest with stunning views over the Somerset countryside and as dawn approaches listen to the mix of native woodland birds declaring that spring has arrived.”

The cost is 3.50 per adult and 3 for children. Booking is essential by calling 01392 834233.

More fun is planned at a Wild Play Day at Great Wood on Saturday 29 May. Families are invited to join Forestry Commission Rangers on an adventure to explore the woods looking for signs of wildlife and try their hand at some basic bushcraft.

There will be two sessions on the day to cater for different age groups. The first, from 9.30am until 12 noon is for children aged eight and under. The later session, from 2pm to 4.30pm is for children aged between eight and 14. The cost is 6 per child and accompanying adults are free – booking is essential by calling 01392 834233.

1. 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 can be found at

Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.