BRAUNTON Countryside Centre s annual series of illustrated talks starts on Friday with a look at the birds and other wildlife of Lundy. The centre has organised a varied 14-week programme featuring presentations and filmshows on North Devon s special mari

BRAUNTON Countryside Centre's annual series of illustrated talks starts on Friday with a look at the birds and other wildlife of Lundy.The centre has organised a varied 14-week programme featuring presentations and filmshows on North Devon's special marine life; the hidden coastline of Exmoor; how to create a healing garden; the history of salmon fishing on the Taw/Torridge Estuary; managing hedgerows for wildlife; the making of the North Devon landscape; and several other topics.The talks have become a popular and well-established part of the Braunton calendar, since they began in 2002, said organiser Mary Breeds."These talks not only help fulfil the function of the Countryside Centre by helping people discover and understand more about the special environment that surrounds us here in North Devon, but they also help raise vital funds to keep the centre going," she said."The centre is run entirely by local volunteers and is funded solely by small voluntary donations. It plays an important role in interpreting the internationally acclaimed Biosphere Reserve and attracts thousands of visitors each year."This year the centre as it is celebrating its 20th birthday, having been operating as a visitor centre since 1988 when it was built as one of the local projects undertaken by the Manpower Services Commission. This week's presentation by local authors and ornithologists Tim Jones and Tim Davis, starts at 7.45pm.Talks take place most Fridays until October 24. For a week-to-week listing of talks, see the Gazette's "What's On" section or for a full programme of talks, visit the centre or email Mary Breeds at mary_breeds@hotmail.com