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Friends of Chesham Local Nature Reserve’s Open Day is a huge success

Press Release   •   Jun 18, 2013 12:25 BST

Saturday 16 June saw the Friends of Chesham Local Nature Reserve and Bury Council’s BANG Project welcome hundreds of people to an Open Day at the nature reserve.

Members of the local community attended this fun-packed event on a sunny Saturday in Bury. The day enabled people to explore their local woods and find out more about what goes on there and the local wildlife which lives there.

Attendees were treated to a wide range of activities, which got them closer to nature, including pond-dipping, mini-beast hunting, circus skills, crafts and guided walks.

Local naturalist David Winnard explained more about the woods and wildlife in them, including finding out more about the secretive shrew, which was spotted in the woods on the day of the event.

Jacqui Goggs, wildlife officer for Bury Council, said: “This event really brought BBC’s Springwatch to life. One of the visitors spotted a rare cassed caddisfly while pond dipping, something which she had only just found out about on Springwatch a few days earlier. She was amazed that she had managed to see one in real life!”

For more information about Chesham Local Nature Reserve, or the Chesham Fold Green Gym, contact Jacqui Goggs on 0161 253 7764 or email


Photo attached: Ellyott Heap with the newt that he caught while pond dipping at the Chesham LNR Open Day.

Press release issued: 18 June 2013.