Lots of half term fun is lined up as Warnham Local Nature Reserve declares its new Discovery Trail open to visitors just in time for the school holidays.
The Discovery Trail, designed for visitors of all ages, follows the paths and boardwalks that surround the reserve’s millpond and will be open from from Monday, October 28.
It is packed with information about the wildlife, flora and fauna that call the reserve home as well as stories from the site’s history and a host of fun facts.
Horsham District Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, said: “I am delighted that we have now opened the new Discovery Trail.
“We very much want to encourage visitors old and new of all ages to come to the reserve and discover not only the wide variety of wildlife, flora and fauna that thrive in the wetlands, but also appreciate the important part that this land has played in shaping our district, from its historical links to the iron industry, to its modern day home for Herons and Kingfishers.
“Our aim is to inspire the next generation to learn about the reserve and how to protect it.”
Younger visitors will have the chance to become ‘Junior Trail Detectives’ by completing the trail, finding six hidden rubbing plates and completing the quizzes and puzzles all aimed at providing a fun introduction to the life on the Reserve.
The trail is populated with ‘Did you know?’ facts, rubbing panels to create nature pictures and there are activity sheets with quizzes, wildlife word searches and maths conundrums.
Additionally, as part of the trail there are two special new sculptures – the Bat Bothy and the Tri-Helix which were both created as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 ‘Field Notes from Warnham’ project, leaving a lasting legacy of the year of celebrations.
On Friday, November 1, from 1.15pm to 2pm and 2.30pm to 3.15pm, there will be the oportunity to meet a special woodland celebrity visitor.
The Discovery Trail forms an initial part of a larger project – the Discovery Hub Project which is being partly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development who support investment in public recreational infrastructure.
HDC and the Friends of Warnham Local Nature Reserve have also added funds to the project with grants of £90,000 and £10,000 respectively.
The Discovery Hub and the creation of a Shelley themed garden at the entrance to the Reserve will be opened in 2020.