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Forget gorillas in the mist, if you want to see a real wildlife rarity head for Guisborough Forest and Walkway.
The 360 hectare (900 acre) beauty spot on the edge of the North York Moors is home to an amazing range of wildlife, from badgers to dragonflies and adders.
But few compete for weirdness with a resident family of rare Albino (grey) squirrels!
The white-furred critters are a 1 in 100,000 freak of nature with their stand out colour caused by a rare genetic mutation. There’s even an international Albino Squirrel Preservation Society to foster ‘compassion and goodwill’ towards them!
Now to celebrate Mother Nature’s wonders, the Forestry Commission and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council are staging a summer of wildlife events to mark International Year of Biodiversity.
There’ll be fun sessions dedicated to forest flowers (31 July), mini-beasts (4 August), brilliant birds (11 August), mammals (18 August) and tremendous trees (25 August). Scores of hands on activities will be on offer, along with crafts and quizzes to test powers of observation!
Ranger Cath Brason said:
“The forest is a fabulous place for wildlife and hums with activity in the summer. We want to celebrate and give kids chance to lean more about the environment while having a fantastic time.”
Each event runs from 1pm to 4pm and costs £2, meeting at Guisborough Forest and Walkway Visitor Centre at Pinchinthorpe. Booking is not required. For full details call 01287 631132 or visit www.forestry.gov.uk/yorkshireandthehumber
NOTE TO EDITOR
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.
Issued on behalf of the Forestry Commission by Richard Darn, COI, Leeds. Tel: 0113 346 6085. Mobile 0775 367 0038.