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WILD ABOUT EAST LOTHIAN LOTS OF FUN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES FOR ALL THE FAMILY

20TH AND 21ST APRIL 2014 LAUDERDALE PARK, DUNBAR


AR E YOU W ILD ABOUT EAS T LOTHI AN ? Join East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service on a series of journeys to discover the amazing wildlife all around us. There will also be ongoing drop in activities in Lauderdale Park, along with lots of information on how to get involved in your local environment. All activities are free, booking required, except for drop-in activities.

SUNDAY 20 th April JOURNEYS (BOOKING REQUIRED)

MONDAY 21 ST April JOURNEYS (BOOKING REQUIRED)

JOHN MUIR WAY JOURNEY 10.00AM – 3.00PM

SEABIRDS 2.00PM – 4.00PM

From Preston Mill back to Dunbar along 8km of field margins, metalled paths, beaches and quiet country roads. Please bring a packed lunch, sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing, and a camera if you have one to record the journey. Transport provided.

The Firth of Forth is a summer home to over half a million seabirds. Join us as we head off in search of diving gannets, crying kittiwakes and maybe even pretty puffins on this leisurely 90-minute walk along the coast.

TWILIGHT ZONE 8.00PM – 9.30PM

ROCKPOOLING 11.30AM – 1.30PM & 12.30PM – 2.30PM

TRACKS AND TRAILS 10.00AM – 11.30PM

Drop in and tune up to Bat FM to reveal the high frequency world of these elusive masters of the night. Hopefully we'll get to the moths before the bats do as we seek to reveal and record this well-hidden, colourful and diverse world.

Meet at Hallhill Sports Centre Car Park Join us on a quest to uncover which animal placed that print or plopped that poo. Learn about feather and fur identification and hone your skills as a nature detective!

Rocks are tough, but rockpool animals are tougher still! Come along to discover and record the fascinating marine life that frequents our rocky shores, and learn about the amazing ways they manage to survive and thrive.

DROP IN ACTIVITIES

DUNBAR – A TROPICAL PARADISE? 11.30AM – 1.30PM

(NO BOOKING REQUIRED)

Maybe not now, but in the past East Lothian was definitely tropical, although the lava flows and volcanic ash may have spoiled the paradise a bit. The evidence for these ancient environments can be seen in the rocks and fossils along our coastline. Join us for a geological stroll to find out about when Dunny really was sunny.

Use our interactive displays and activities to discover the minute and beautiful details of plants and insects – they’ve got to be seen to be believed!

SKETCHING 2.00PM – 4.00PM Ever fancied trying your hand at sketching some of the wildlife around you? Come and learn some practical top tips from a local artist.

MICRO WORLD 10.00AM – 1.00PM

FUNGI FUN 1.00PM – 4.00PM Drop in to find out how the mushroom got its spots, make some pictures with fungi paint and try a mushroom supermarket challenge.

BACK HOME FROM BARNS NESS 9.00AM – 12.00PM Reach new heights and admire the view from the top of the lighthouse. Walk back along this fossil rich coastline to reach Dunbar in time for the grand opening of the John Muir Way. Transport provided.

ENVIRONMENTAL ART ATTACK 10.00AM – 12.00PM Get creative with some natural materials

ROCKPOOLING 1.30PM – 3.30PM Rocks are tough, but rockpool animals are tougher still! Come along to discover and record the fascinating marine life that frequent our rocky shores, and learn about the amazing ways they manage to survive and thrive.

PHOTOGRAPHY 2.00PM - 3.00PM + 3.00PM - 4.00PM Do too many of your photos come out blurry or too dark? Well, this is the thing for you! Come along to discover how to take a good image of that wee beastie you want to identify or a nice seascape to hang on your wall. Bring your own camera along and in this one-hour session we’ll show you how to get the best out of it and what that little button at the back does.

A FUTURE FOR NATURE CONSERVATION? 5.00PM – 7.00PM Is nature conservation a luxury in the 21st century? Is it a necessity? Ian Jardine, chief executive of Scottish Natural Heritage, considers how wildlife fits in to the modern world. Enjoy a relaxed evening’s discussion on what wildlife does for us and what we can do for it. Some wine, juice and nibbles provided. BYOB.

DROP IN ACTIVITIES (NO BOOKING REQUIRED)

WILLOW WEAVING 10.00AM – 1.00PM Discover the art of natural weaving – no experience necessary! Come and have a go at making a willow and rush fish to take home.

STORYTELLING 1.30PM – 4.00PM Come and get cosy in the yurt and listen to tales of wildlife and adventure. Starting 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30.

BOOKING – 01620 827 434 Unless otherwise stated, all activities start in Lauderdale Park, Dunbar.


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