Get in touch with nature at Daws Hall

ON THE PULL: Youngsters enjoy playing with water, mud and a bucket on pulleys.
ON THE PULL: Youngsters enjoy playing with water, mud and a bucket on pulleys.

Complete with expanses of stunning woodland, ponds and countless species of wildflower and creatures, Daws Hall Nature Reserve is a sight to behold.

The 25-acre site in Lamarsh may be a bit off the beaten track, but that has not stopped thousands of schoolchildren visiting since it opened more than 25 years ago.

The reserve is regularly used to teach youngsters the importance of the environment – and this Sunday, it will be open to all.

A range of family activities will be running, including pond-dipping, hunting for mini-beasts and mud painting.

Holly Hilder, a volunteer at the reserve who is a Forest School Leader in training, will be taking the sessions and said it was the perfect chance for people to learn more about nature.

“It is such a beautiful reserve and is a hidden treasure full of unusual plants and wildlife,” said Holly, from Middleton.

“It is under-used, so we wanted to try to get a few more families along to enjoy the reserve and the activities available.”

The reserve, owned by Major Iain Grahame, has welcomed nearly 100,000 schoolchildren in its time to explore the 1km nature trail and wildflower meadow.

“Grown-ups and children love coming here and having an explore,” said Mr Grahame.

“The observation beehive is always popular and the reserve is full of migratory birds at the moment.”

Daws Hall, which is a charitable trust, is also currently holding a parent and toddler “out and abouters” session on the first Tuesday of every month, run by Holly.

“Everybody loves it and I am intending to run more of these sessions,” she said.

The open day will take place from midday to 4pm. More are planned for next month.

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Pictures: Sam Ryan