Go wild and enjoy free events at Chard this summer holiday

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Go wild at Chard Reservoir this summer holiday and enjoy a wide range of free activities!

Chard Reservoir is owned and managed by South Somerset District Council, it has lovely woodland walks, watery views and meadows alive with insects and flowers.

If you haven’t visited before, this is the perfect opportunity to make a first foray over to the beautiful Local Nature Reserve reservoir site at Chard is coming up in July and August. Discover Minbeasts and Forest School Taster Afternoon are great opportunities to explore the reserve and all it offers.

Join us for ‘Discover Minibeasts’ on Friday 26 July from 12pm until 3pm. The South Somerset Countryside team will be on site with lots of free family activities to discover jumping, floating, crawling and swimming minibeasts in the meadows and the ponds at Chard Reservoir. There will be opportunities to get crafty too; you’ll be able to make your own pebble minibeast and bee bomb to take home with you.

This year brings the addition of a brand new event: ‘Forest School Taster Afternoon’. On Friday 30 August from 12pm until 3pm, take the opportunity to try some classic Forest School activities such as fire lighting, campfire cooking, bug hunting, slack lie balancing, den building and crafts.

Free parking is available in the Oaklands Avenue car park, or you could use the Sustrans cycleway from town and cycle to the meadows.

Councillor Sarah Dyke, portfolio holder for Environment at South Somerset District Council, said: “Our free events don’t just give families the opportunity to keep busy during the summer break, but they help educate children and get them outdoors. One of the greatest joys of growing up in South Somerset is having wildlife on your doorstep and it’s a real pleasure to invite people to get involved.”

Tim Brown, Countryside Ranger for Chard said, “We enjoy delivering free events to enable people to discover the wonderful wildlife at chard reservoir. People are always astounded by the amount of wildlife which lives in the stream and the meadows, but as soon as they hop into the water with a pond dipping net, or explore the meadows they can discover the creatures themselves’.

These events have been part funded by Somerset Skills and Learning. Upon arrival all adults should complete an enrolment form to help us secure funding for these and future free events at Chard Reservoir.

To find out more about Chard Reservoir, visit www.southsomersetcountryside.com.

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