CLOWNE: Wildlife Group’s visit to National Forest

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Covering the borders of Derbys, Leics and Staffs, the National Forest is being imaginatively created to cover former industrial land, was visited by Clowne Wildlife Group on Saturday, May 18.

As well as producing a working forest with large areas of deciduous and conifer trees, the Forestry Commission is creating leisure and recreational opportunities as well as wildlife habitat. Although no unexpected wildlife appeared, a walkway over a lake enabled sedge warblers to be heard singing in reed beds. The visitor centre was based on the former Cadley Colliery site near Rosliston which, along with other collieries is commemorated in a sculpture entitled “underground over ground” where underground work scenes are juxtaposed with pit pony races.

There are many carved wood artworks, as well as seats, all of which are based on animals. With many events and much to see including free flying bird of prey demonstrations, there are also many paths to explore. The maps of which however, leave much to be desired.

For further information about group activities contact Jim Russell on 01246 812724.