Butterfly bonanza in store at reserve

A small tortoise shell butterfly
A small tortoise shell butterfly

PEOPLE from across the region are being given the chance to discover some of the stunning wildlife near Seaton Carew.

A butterfly walk has been organised by Natural England at the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve.

Walk organisers say coastal reserve provides a home to a rich range of habitats, all set against a background of heavy industry.

The event aims to give people the chance to explore the wildlife site and discover some of the butterflies that make the area their home.

Mike Leakey, senior reserve manager at Teesmouth, said: “As many as 17 species have been recorded on site, including red admiral, peacock and common blue.

“Due to the warm weather we’ve been having, we might even get to see one or two rarities such as the grayling.”

The event, on Friday, July 25, is being backed by the Friends of Teesmouth group.

Jill Oberlin-Harris, from the volunteer group, said: “The reserve is home to an amazing array of flora and fauna and can be enjoyed at any time of the year.”

The butterfly walk is free and takes place from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

But booking is essential by calling Natural England on (01429) 853325.

The Friends of Teesmouth group was formed in May 2012 to help visitors play a bigger part in managing the area from the sand dunes at North Gare to Seal Sands.

Anyone interested in becoming a friend of Teesmouth National Nature Reserve is asked to get in touch with Jill on 07974 009171.

More details are also available from the group’s Facebook page under Friends of Teesmouth.