On Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November, the RSPB and the Bedford, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust are welcoming visitors for a weekend of nature events to celebrate the importance of the Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area (NIA).
Beverley Phillips, spokesperson for the RSPB in Northamptonshire says: "The Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area is a nationally important site for wildlife and an area where local organisations have come together to help re-create and re-connect natural areas along the Nene and its tributaries, from Daventry to Peterborough.
"The NIA provides a fantastic home for nature but also helps people as well as wildlife – through enhancing a wide range of benefits that nature provide us, such as recreation opportunities, flood protection, cleaner water and carbon storage. The Nene Valley Nature Fest is a chance for people of all ages to visit the Nene Valley, giving them an opportunity to voice their opinions with those involved in improving the area.”
Families will have the opportunity to join a guided walk at 10am on Saturday 8 November at Irthlingborough lakes and meadows or 2pm on Sunday 9 November at Summer Leys, led by the Bedford, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust.
The walks will take people on a tour of the area to watch for wildlife and learn about the work being carried out that is benefitting both nature and local communities in the NIA. Booking for the guided walks is essential, Tel: 01604 405285. Free refreshments and a chance to discuss or ask questions will follow.
Other activities will include watching wildlife at Northampton Washlands between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 8 November and Sweep Netting at Irchester Country Park between 12pm and 3pm on Sunday 9 November.
The Nene Valley Nature Fest is free, booking is necessary for guided walks only. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.