Dawn chorus to kick off family day

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Early birds are invited to join a dawn chorus walk that will kick off a day of wildlife fun for all the family on Sunday, June 2.

The day marks the official launch of the Friends of Rings End, a community group dedicated to helping Cambridgeshire County Council look after the nature reserve near March.

The dawn chorus walk will set off at 5am from the Twenty Foot Road car park at the entrance to the reserve and will be followed by breakfast.

The official launch party starts at 10am when a new sign will be unveiled at the reserve by children from All Saints School, March.

Events in the morning include pond dipping and water vole discovery. In the afternoon there will be other wildlife activities for younger children, starting at noon, and a big dog walk at 2pm. The reserve’s reed beds and ponds are home to a variety of wetland birds, butterflies and reptiles

and its setting on Twenty Foot Road off the main A141 Wisbech Road provides great views over the Fens.

The March Wildlife Group and a wildlife education expert will be available on the day to give advice

and guided tours. Staff from Fenland District Council will also be helping out.

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “There has

been a lot in the news this week about the threats to wildlife in this country and what people can do to protect it.

“The Friends of Rings End is a wonderful example of how local groups can work together to improve our local environment. This launch party is a celebration of their achievement and efforts and a great opportunity to get kids excited about wildlife.”

• For more information check out the Friends of Ring’s End Facebook page or call Phil Clark at

Cambridgeshire County Council on 01223 715686.