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Discover Nature weekend at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Discover Nature weekend at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
The award winning Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre will be hosting a nature weekend of pond dipping, going in search of mammals in the meadows and making plaster cast animal footprints and bird box making on 21st and 22nd March.

Visitors to the Discovery Centre just off the A49 in Craven Arms can get up close to nature this weekend, with the help of Shropshire Mammal Group the team at the Discovery Centre will host a jam packed programme to encourage families to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Cuan Wildlife Rescue will also be on hand to provide wildlife advice. Booking is advisable, the activities are always very popular call 01588 676060 or visit

Stuart Edmunds, Shropshire Mammal Group said ‘“The grounds surrounding Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offer a diverse range of habitats, so I hope to find evidence of wood mice, field voles and even yellow-necked mice. The River Onny, which passes through the grounds have potential for otter sightings too, but as with spotting other species, we would need to be extremely lucky to see an otter out during the daytime!”

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre won the accolade ‘Best Family Day Out – small venue’ it offers a variety of activities for the whole family and houses a replica of the famous mammoth skeleton found in Shropshire. The café serves delicious home-cooked food and an extensive shop selling a range of quirky gifts. Every half term and summer holiday the visitor attraction provides hands-on family activities. Toddlers aren’t left out either, each Tuesday activities specifically aimed at younger children encourage them to explore nature and get creative.

Full programme includes:

Saturday 21 March

Bird box making - 10.30 to 11.00am

Make a luxury residence for your garden that the birds will be fighting over! £7 per nest box. Suitable for children aged 5 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To avoid disappointment please book in advance as places are limited.

Footprint Plaster Casting - 11.30am to 1.00pm

Drop in any time to capture animal tracks in plaster. All ages welcome. £1 per cast.

Pond Dipping - 1.30 to 3.00pm

Discover a whole new underwater world of creatures and find out how we can use our finds to work out how clean pond water is. £3.50 per child aged 5-11 years - sibling discount. Children must bring an adult.

Sunday 22 March

Meet the mammals of Onny Meadows - 10.00 to 11.30am

Join Stuart Edmonds of the Shropshire Mammal Group on a walk to check small mammal traps left out overnight to survey shrews, voles, mice. We will also be checking through some potentially exciting wildlife camera film back at the centre during the day. £3.50 per person, all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To avoid disappointment please book in advance as places are limited.

Pond dipping - 11.30am to 1.00pm (please see above)

Animal Traces - 2.00 to 3.30pm

Calling all wildlife enthusiasts! Make plaster cast animal footprints and search for nibbles, footprints, homes and poo! £3.50 per child ages 5 - 11 years - sibling discount. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book to avoid disappointment 01588 676060.

For further details call 01588 676060 or visit the website:


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