Nature fun at wildlife sanctuary

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A NATURE reserve is holding an event to educate people about the importance of a common stinging plant.

The Be Nice to Nettles event is being held at Saltholme, off Seaton Carew Road, in Hartlepool, to celebrate how important the plants are to wildlife, despite them causing nasty stings to people who touch them.

The informative but fun events will be held over the weekends of May 18 and 19, and May 25 and 26.

As part of the hands-on classroom activity, participants will be planting wildlife-friendly flowers and learning about the creatures that live in and around the nettle patch. Plus, there will also be a chance for people to try some nettle soup or nettle tea.

The event is taking place on Saturday, May 18, to Sunday, May 26, between 10.30am and 3.30pm. It costs £2 to cover the cost of the activities, however, members go free.

Later in the summer, nature lovers can diary Pond Dipping events at the complex from Wednesday, July 24, to Sunday, May 26, from 10am to 4.15pm, at a cost of £2. Staff will be on hand to help discover the different creatures lurking in and around the ponds at the site. A pond dipping kit can also hired to see what can be caught. For further details on either event contact Saltholme on (01642) 546625.