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News article created on 9 March 2016

Free family fun at Fradley

Families are being encouraged to head to Fradley Junction over the Easter holidays to enjoy some free feathery fun and find out more about the brilliant birds that live on their doorstep.

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“Fradley Junction boasts some brilliant birds and is even visited by migratory species stopping off on their long journeys so it’s a great place to find out more about our feathered friends." Sarah Cook, education coordinator

On Sunday 20 March, we are inviting families to the historic canal junction to have some fun and give a range of bird species a helping hand along the way.

The day will give kids the chance to enjoy an egg trail around the junction’s beautiful nature reserve, finding out about the birds that live there. They will also be able to make bird food cakes and pine cone bird feeders to take home with them. There will even be a hook a duck game with free packets of duck food on offer.

Explorers

The event, which runs from 11am until 2pm, is being organised by the Trust’s ‘Explorers’ education programme aimed at teaching kids all about the wildlife of their local canals as well as how to enjoy them safely. The event is run by volunteers and is part of a monthly programme of things to do at Fradley Junction.

The junction marks the meeting point of the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals and has supported a hive of activity on the canal over the past two centuries. Nowadays, with Fradley Pool, it has become a haven for wildlife and a popular visitor destination.

Haven for wildlife

Sarah Cook, education coordinator for the Trust said; “Fradley Junction boasts some brilliant birds and is even visited by migratory species stopping off on their long journeys so it’s a great place to find out more about our feathered friends.

“The day will be a lovely opportunity for families to explore the world around them and find out more about the amazing species that can be found on their doorsteps.

“Hopefully everyone will have a really great time whilst also giving bird species a welcome boost, either by feeding the ducks or creating a special bird feeder for their back garden.”

The activities take place between 11am and 2pm on Sunday 20 March in the Canal & River Trust Welcome Station in the café courtyard. All activities are free although parking is pay and display.

The Fradley Education Volunteers lead visits where children can learn all about their local canal and the wildlife which lives around it. The volunteers can also provide cub-scout and brownie visits to Fradley in the Spring/Summer months. For more information on school or event activities, please email sarah.cook@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

For further resources and activities for schools, group leaders and children go to www.canalriverexplorers.org.uk.