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News article created on 2 June 2015

Budding bird watchers encouraged to escape the hustle and bustle

Budding bird watchers are being encouraged to take some time getting to know their local wildlife by taking part in a fantastic free ‘Birding for Beginners’ course at Fradley Junction.

The course, being held by the Canal & River Trust, will teach people how to identify different species of bird and show them what to look out for through the changing seasons.

Sessions will be taking place once a month to accommodate new members and to enable people to log the differences in the various species through summer, autumn and winter.

Fradley Junction, which marks the junction of the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals, has supported a hive of activity on the canal over the past two centuries and nowadays, with Fradley Pool, has become a special haven for wildlife and a popular visitor destination. The pool even has its own bird hide where bird watchers can watch discretely as mute swans, mallards and common terns visit to feed or nest.

Free sessions

Each session is free and will begin at 9am and last up to three hours depending on weather conditions and bird activity.

Stuart Collins, ecologist for the Canal & River Trust said; “Fradley Junction is bursting with wildlife and so it’s an ideal spot to show people some of the fantastic species of bird that can be found on their doorstep.

“The beauty of this course is that it’s a monthly event so people will really be able to see how the various different species, as well as with all the other wildlife and greenery at the Pool, adapt to the changing seasons.

“This will be a great opportunity for people to escape the hustle and bustle and spend some time really getting to know their local wildlife and I for one can’t wait”.

The event will start from the historic canal workshops at Fradley Junction, Fradley, Staffordshire DE13 7DN. Each session is free of charge but drinks and food can be bought at the nearby café or pub. Those wanting to take part are encouraged to bring binoculars if they have them.

For more information or to book a place please email stuart.collins@canalrivertrust.org.uk