Get close to nature this weekend

Cotswold Journal: Guiting Power Cotswold Farm Park are holding a wildlife weekend with pond skimming and bug hunting. Sooz Moss, display team member looks for bugs. Guiting Power Cotswold Farm Park are holding a wildlife weekend with pond skimming and bug hunting. Sooz Moss, display team member looks for bugs.

VISITORS to the Cotswold Farm Park will be able to get up close to nature this weekend with a special two-day event.

The popular attraction near Guiting Power is hosting a Wildlife Weekend on Saturday and Sunday in the conservation area.

Newly installed in spring last year, the area boasts a pond, a bee hive and examples of crops growing on the farm as well as bush craft activities in the woodland area.

Over the weekend, people can take part in sunflower planting and bug house making which are taking place all day along with three hour-long pond dipping sessions.

There will also be a conservation talk about what farming does for wildlife at 12.30pm, a Barn Owl Talk at 1.30pm and a Bee Talk at 3pm across both days.

Jenni Powner-Jones, marketing assistant, said since the conservation area opened last year it has now established itself.

"It's really coming into its own," she said. "There's lots of wildlife in there and insects we keep on finding like dragonflies. We want to make the most of it there's so much going on especially in the pond area.

"It's something we want to get the children involved in, it's really good for them. We're aiming there to be something for everyone."

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