Your chance to enjoy 'hidden secrets' of Burrows - but bring your wellies

North Devon Gazette

Time to pull on your wellies and join the Northam Burrows Rangers for some mud-dipping adventures!

The 'wellies advised' event will be a guided exploration of the Skern Saltmarsh area of Torridge’s picturesque Country Park located next to the Atlantic Coastline on Tuesday February 22.

Although marine mud and sand habitats can sometimes look a bit barren, there’s actually a tonne of activity going on just under the surface.

In the winter months flocks of brent geese, golden plover and oystercatchers visit the Taw and Torridge rivers along with other wading birds to take advantage of the rich feeding grounds of the saltmarsh and mud flats.

This tour will be taking a close look at the area to learn about all the creatures that call it home, both in and on top of the mud.

The meeting point will be next to Greysand Car Park at 2pm. No need to book - just meet at the blue 'here we are'Â flag that will be on display. The rangers will also be setting up a learning station where you can take a close look at animals such as razor clams, lugworms and mud snails and also have a peek through the telescope at the birds that feed on these creatures.

A Torridge Council spokesman said: "The learning station will be accessible and suitable for all but the walk down on to the marsh will be over more challenging terrain and wellies or other similar footwear are advised."

The second event, on Thursday February 24, will be a Winter Wildlife Walk.

The spokesman added: "The walk will be at a gentle pace but over uneven ground so won’t be suitable for pushchairs and wellies are again advised. The rangers will be looking at tracks and signs such as burrows, footprints and even poo!

"Walkers can also expect to catch a glimpse of a variety of bird species such as oystercatchers, flocks of starlings, and if the weather is good, then there may also be skylarks singing. If the ranger’s luck is in they may also find some harvest mouse nests as well."

The walk will set off from the new Burrows visitor centre at 2pm.

Cllr Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin, lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: "We are very lucky in Torridge to have such a wonderful variety of landscapes and wildlife right here on our doorstep and within easy access for most people. Our rangers always do an excellent job not only in managing and caring for the park but also organising a huge variety of amazing activities and events. Uncovering the creatures that live in the mud and sand in the saltmarsh definitely sounds like one not to miss.”

For both events, children must be accompanied by an adult, and the event duration is expected to be around two hours for each walk. For more information or call 01237 479708 or email northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk for further queries.

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