Two-wheeled safari helps families discover open spaces and wildlife

October 03 2017

FAMILIES explored local green spaces on two wheels when they went on a bicycle safari.

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FAMILIES explored local green spaces on two wheels when they went on a bicycle safari.

The event was led by wildlife expert Ian McGuire, of Wild Owl TV, and after setting off from Yate Riverside took in the Shire Way area, Wapley Bushes, Yate Common and Kingsgate Park. 

It was organised by the Joint Cycleway Group and was part of the Discover Dodington programme set up by Dodington Parish Council.

Councillor Paul Hulbert said: "It was great to see so many enthusiastic children and parents. This was the first bicycle safari we ran but I don't think it'll be the last.

“Ian gave us fascinating explanations of local wildlife at each place we stopped.”

Mr Hulbert said two members of South Gloucestershire Council’s road safety team supported the event and Yate Shopping Centre let the group use the Riverside car park to assemble and check the bikes over.

Future Discover Dodington events include Mr McGuire giving a talk on the Wild Owl TV garden at 7.30pm on Friday, October 6, in Dodington Parish Hall, Finch Road, Chipping Sodbury.

He will also lead an owl prowl for families at Wapley Bushes nature reserve on Friday, October 20, starting at 7 pm from the Shire Way gate opposite Cherington.

Mr Hulbert said: "Children love exploring the countryside in the dark. Ian has a talent for calling wild owls and if we're as lucky as last time, we may see some in the trees above us.”

The Joint Cycleway Group, consisting of local council and cycling organisation members, lobbies for new and improved routes for cyclists and runs events to encourage cycling in the area.