Wildlife at the heart of Valentine’s Day family walk

January 30 2017

A LOVE wildlife family walk has been organised to mark St Valentine’s Day at Says Court, between Yate and Coalpit Heath.

A LOVE wildlife family walk has been organised to mark St Valentine’s Day at Says Court, between Yate and Coalpit Heath.

Billed as an alternative way to celebrate the day, the event will give people the chance to look for the first signs of spring around the farmland and to make a bird feeder to take home.

They will even be able to make a wild flower seed Valentine’s card.

Says Court is the site of a solar farm, where wildlife friendly habitats are being developed.

Thousands of trees have already been planted, while a barn owl corridor and a wildflower meadow also sit near the energy producing panels.

When planning permission was given for the scheme, Westerleigh Parish Council negotiated a community benefit of £19,000 a year for the life of the development, which is estimated to be 25 years.

Part of that agreement involved the council working with Avon Wildlife Trust to establish the wildlife habitats over a period of five years, together with an education programme and wildlife walks.

The February 14 walk will run from 1pm-2.30pm and is suitable for all ages, although the terrain is unsuitable for pushchairs, with all children to be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is £2.50, with under-fives allowed in free.

Visit the Avon Wildlife Trust website for further details.