Walk on the Wild Side - Avon Wildlife Trust column by Kelly Bray
HARTCLIFFE is going to be buzzing this weekend, as the Trust's Communities And Nature team joins forces with local people and Bristol 99 Bioblitz. Between 10am and 1pm on Sunday we will be taking over the 81st Scout Hut on Bishport Avenue for the Dundry Slopes Discovery Day.
The event, is organised on behalf of the Dundry Slopes Group. It will feature local wildlife experts Justin Smith and Tony Smith, woodland activities, badge-making, and face-painting.
But most importantly of all, it gives people the chance to get to know the wildlife on their doorstep, and an opportunity to meet people and make new friends.
Avon Wildlife Trust's Communities And Nature project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme, and its objectives are ambitious.
In total six low-income areas in Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare are being targeted.
The project is designed to improve health and wellbeing and community cohesion, reduce isolation and improve self-confidence and social skills.
Activities, led by the Avon Wildlife Trust team, include healthy walks, food growing, improving green spaces for people to enjoy, family fun, and celebrating the outdoors.
Dundry Slopes is on the southern edge of Bristol, which boasts stunning views. on a good day you can see as far as the Malverns in Gloucestershire, to the Bristol Channel and the Black Mountains in Wales.
This time of year you can see wild garlic, bluebells, primroses and wood anemones, and there is plenty to explore for anyone interested in archaeology including Roman Roads and mediaeval track ways.
Bristol 99 Bioblitz is being organised by the Bristol Natural History Consortium and culminates in the Bristol Festival of Nature celebrations in June.
It gives people the chance to explore and have fun on 99 sites packed with wildlife across the city.
It is also good to be working alongside the Dundry Slopes Group, who are championing the area.
All our Communities And Nature events are free.
We have already had some amazing days , from creating mini wildflower meadows, to building a greenhouse with recycled plastic bottles, planting snow drops and making bird boxes for people to take home.
If you live in Hartcliffe, Withywood, Southmead, Barton Hill, Easton or Bedminster and want to be involved, contact us 0117 980 0393 or email@example.com.
Kelly Bray is Avon Wildlife Trust's Communities And Nature Senior Project Officer
Avon Wildlife Trust is dedicated to securing a strong future for the natural environment and to inspiring people.
Please go to avonwildlife trust.org.uk for information on nature reserves, events and educational and community work, plus ways to support the charity including membership.