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HARTLEPOOL’S countryside warden team has arranged a series of summer walks to help people get close to nature around the Fens and Greatham.

The walks take in glorious countryside on people’s doorstep, as well as a variety of wildlife.

It all kicks off next month with a Wild Green Spaces Volunteer Day on Sunday, June 5.

The event between 10am and 2pm coincides with World Environment Day when the Countryside and Wild Green Spaces teams will work to improve habitat for wildlife along Greatham Beck.

All ages are welcome, but booking is essential on (01429) 284584.

That will be followed on Saturday, July 16, with an afternoon Seal Watch.

The five-mile walk to Greatham Creek from Greatham village will be a chance to see this year’s harbour seal pups close up.

Again booking is essential on (01429) 853325.

On Sunday, July 24, people can join the Countryside Team on a five-mile circular stroll to Cowpen Bewley Country Park, in search of dragonfly and butterfly.

The Winged Wonders event takes place from 11am to 3pm

Activities continue with a Greatham Beck Bat Walk on Sunday, August 21, from 8pm to 9.30pm.

People can enjoy a stroll along Greatham Beck using bat detectors to track the movements of the many bats in the area.

There is another chance to spot Teesmouth’s harbour seals when they are at their most abundant on a five-mile walk from Greatham to Greatham Creek.

It takes place on Saturday, August 27, from 10.30am to 2pm.

People can celebrate European Bat Weekend on Sunday, August 28, from 8pm to 9.30pm, with a Bats in the Belfry event in Greatham.

Hartlepool council ecologist Ian Bond will help people learn more about the village’s nocturnal residents.

To book for any of these events call Hartlepool Countryside Warden Service on (01429) 853325.

More details are available at the Fens Residents’ Association website: www.fensresidentsassociation.co.uk