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Rushmere Country Park, Heron View Visitor Centre, Linslade Road, Heath & Reach, Bedfordshire. LU7 0EB
Set in 400 acres of woodland, heathland & meadows in Bedfordshire, Rushmere Country Park is managed by the Greensand Trust on a not for profit basis for the benefit of people and wildlife, for today, tomorrow and the future. We rely on your support to continue our vital work
What’s On At Rushmere Country Park
HALF TERM AT RUSHMERE
From Monday 11th February 2019
Clever Cones Trail
With Half Term coming up in Bedfordshire (and neighbouring counties the week after) we’ve another of our very popular self-led trails available to get the kids outside exploring nature.
Clever Cones looks at how evergreen trees disperse their seed.
Pick up a trail sheet in the Visitor Centre for £2, follow the clues and claim your prize!
Heron Watch Returns
Any day now we await the return of our herons who nest here in Heron Valley every Spring. Obviously we can’t say exactly when they will be back (we’ve had the odd sighting already) but they usually return to clean up the nests in February in preparation for laying their eggs.
The nests and heron activity can be seen from The Deck outside the Tree Tops Cafe – we also have cameras producing a live feed from two of the nests as soon as the herons get busy!
Come and take a look – you might get lucky!
Thursday 14 February, 11am – 1.30pm (final admission at 12.45pm). Free.
To coincide with the Bedfordshire Half Term week, Central Bedfordshire Council is once again hosting its popular Xplorer sessions at Rushmere Country Park on Thursday 14 February, 11am – 1.30pm (final admission at 12.45pm). Free to attend (£3 parking fee still applies) – just turn up!
Xplorer encourages children to be outdoors, using map reading skills, and marker finding. The sessions are for all the family to enjoy from all age ranges. Meeting point: next to the visitor centre.
Find Out What Owls Eat!
Wednesday 14 February 10am – 12noon – £3 per child
For those willing to travel further afield The Greensand Trust is hosting a Half Term event for children aged 8+ with the Bedfordshire Natural History Society at its Maulden Wood location (near Clophill). Join the BNHS for a Nature Discovery Morning where you’ll find out what owls eat by dissecting their pellets!
Discover Birds And Wildlife Of Rammamere Heath And Kings Wood
5th March 10am – 12.30pm FREE
Join our volunteer Mike Bird on a walk to discover the wildlife of neighbouring Rammamere Heath – a site of Special Scientific Interest managed by The Greensand Trust on behalf of landowner Tarmac – and neighbouring Kings Wood.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult – warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended.
The walk is funded by Natural England under Higher Level Stewardship but only if we get the required numbers to attend – please make sure you turn up if you book on or let us know if you can’t make it
Park and meet at the Stockgrove entrance – £3 car parking fee applies
Heron Art Workshop
29th March 10.30am – 1pm £20
Another chance to join us for a morning art workshop at Rushmere Country Park run by professional artist and tutor Jay Nolan-Latchford from Reasons to be Cheerful in Leighton Buzzard.
Suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced painters – you’ll paint one of Rushmere’s fabulous herons using wet on wet watercolour techniques and adding some texture with dry brush. Reasons to be Cheerful will provide all the materials you’ll need to complete your painting.
With step by step guidance from Jay, this fun workshop will be an opportunity to try your hand at painting or develop your skills in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst raising funds for the park.
Places are strictly limited to 15 people so reserve your place now!
All events support the charity conservation work of The Greensand Trust and the running of Rushmere Country Park.
For more information visit the Greensand Trust website
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