Going wild in the country

helping hand: Making homes for bugs

helping hand: Making homes for bugs

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WE have got some fantastic countryside on our doorstep.

And there’s many ways in which you can enjoy it with the help of the experts.

For instance, you could help to conserve the countryside or make masks using natural materials.

You could look at the wildlife in Greatham Beck, look at the town’s history by scrutinising headstones, or go hunting for bugs.

It all happens in your hometown and here’s some more information for you to get involved.

Did you know that Hartlepool Borough Council produces a programme of events to help people enjoy their neighbourhood.

It is called Wild About Hartlepool and has Lottery funding.

So what exactly can you enjoy on your doorstep?

There’s the dunes and the common at Seaton Carew. How many of you knew that this area used to be an area where people worked to produce salt?

It is also home to all sorts of wildlife such as the short-eared owl and fox.

Then there’s the Hart to Haswell Walkway which has all sorts of habitats from butterfly glades to ponds and woodland.

There’s the Hart Warren dunes which have fantastic dunes, and there’s the Summerhill centre which has everything from a boulder park to great walks.

And, of course, Hartlepool has scenic parks at places such as Rossmere and Ward Jackson.

On top of all that, there’s the full programme of organised events which are led by the Countryside Wardens in Hartlepool.

And here’s just some of the events you could be enjoying in the next few weeks.

Sunday, May 22, from 10.30am, and again at 1pm - Make green masks from natural materials, again at the Burn Valley. Meet at the Elwick Road Family Wood entrance.

Sunday, June 5 from 10am to 2pm - Join in with World Environment Day by helping improve the habitat for wildlife at Greatham Beck - but remember to bring old clothes and wellies. All children who join in must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, June 12, from 10.30am - Hear all about past people and events by joining expert Steve Robbins from 10.30am at the Spion Kop cemetery. He’ll be leading a walk called Headstone Histories.

Sunday, June 19, from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm - Get along to Ward Jackson Park to discover more about the fascinating world of bugs.

For more details on any of the above events, contact (01429) 853325.