Wild About Derrington ‘Wildlife Activity Day’

2-5 pm Saturday April 16th 2016 


After a cold and rainy week Saturday was blessed with a great deal of sunshine and though it was a little cold and windy, this didn’t deter an excellent turn out for the third ‘Wild About Derrington’ day!

This ‘wildlife themed’ day out, which took place on Saturday 16th April, on the Millennium Green in Derrington was bustling and buzzing throughout the afternoon.  With an amazing variety of really wild activities and ‘hands on’ fun for everyone the day was a great success.

Families, groups and individuals of all kind came along with huge support form the village and hundreds of visitors from Stafford as well as much further afield.

Activities included: making mini log bird feeders or recycled plastic bottle bird feeder (using plastic bottles scooped up after the Stafford Half Marathon), Bird ID Dials, pond dipping, willow weaving and learning all about Bees! People enjoyed ‘The Owl Experience’ and met real owls, as well as dissecting Owl Pellets! Lots of visitors potted up colourful plants for the garden and set some veggie seeds; or went on a  ‘Scavenger Hunt’ or joined in a guided walk; children and some grown-ups had their face-painted, plus much, much more!

There was a plethora of the most amazing delicious home-baked cakes, served from the warm shelter of the Tool Shed, with welcome warmth from the log burner. For the first time this year, there was music throughout the afternoon from Phil Tiso and live performances by Pistol Pete Wearn and Alice Tiso.

The event was organised and supported by Derrington Way Ahead, the Millennium Green Group and village groups and individuals, in conjunction with Sustainability Matters, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, All Saints School Ranton, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Grounds for Conservation, The Owl Experience, the Barn Owl Action Group, the Tiso family, and was supported by Stafford Borough Council. Many, many thanks to everyone who was involved. What a fabulous way to bring wildlife and people together.

We hope you like the photos!

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