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Go wild in the Woodlands garden – a celebration of nature in the city

By on September 23, 2014

Woodlands Community Garden Trust have announced a series of wildlife walks and workshops this weekend (September 27-28), taking place at the garden and also at the nearby Fred Paton Centre.

Wild! A Celebration of Nature in the City is part of the trust’s bio-diverse project, which is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, Big Lottery Celebrate and Scottish Government Talking Science.

The weekend’s family-friendly programme of events include :

Saturday, September 27

Dragons in Your Garden – Join Froglife at the Fred Paton centre, 12.30-3pm, to learn more about the world of amphibians and reptiles. Then take a trip to the garden to see how you can make improvements for them there. Places are limited for the talk so please arrive a bit early to avoid disappointment. The workshop will be in the garden from approx. 2pm – feel free to join in and bring along a medium terracotta pot if you have one,

Giving Nature a Home with Plantlife – Join Plantlife to learn about making room for nature however small your outdoor space. This will be in Woodlands Community Garden 3.30-4.30pm.

Batty about Bats – Learn more about these amazing creatures and join in with some fun games to ‘see’ the world from their perspective! At the Fred Paton Centre 4.30-5.30pm.

Bug Hunt – Join Buglife in the garden, 6-7pm, to look for some of the amazing creatures living there. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Marvellous Moths & Brilliant Bats – Join Buglife in the garden, 7-9pm, to spot night-time’s hidden mini-world of bugs and visit the per-prepared moth bars, where hopefully they’ll have come along for an evening drink! The Bat Conservation Trust will run a short walk to listen out for any local bats …

Sunday, September  28

Community Festival at Woodlands Community Garden, 1-5pm. This year’s Harvest Festival features … Natural Percussion Instrument Workshop & a Drop-in Story-making Workshop, both  1-3pm; Juggling with Nature, practical circus skills, 2-3pm;  Sounds from Nature Choir and the Joyous Choir, 3-4pm; Storytelling performance and poetry, 4-5pm.

PLUS Soundscape Installation – in the Bird Hide, Wormery Workshop, Live Music from the Moorhens, Stalls, tea, coffee and home baking.

And in the gap site next to the garden (1 – 4pm) – Fresh Food, Smoothie Making Bike, Bike Powered Music , Bio-diverse Poems and Artwork Display.

* Wildlife Talks & Workshops at Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington St, G4 9AJ and Woodlands Community Garden, 91-111 West Princes Street, G4 9BY. See more about the garden – and the full programme – here

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