We will be launching our River Nene Dragon Finder project at Peterborough Town Hall on Friday 20th February 2015 at 11.30am.
The launch will include guest speakers Phil Rothwell (HLF Committee Member for the East of England), Richard Kerridge (nature writer and literary critic, author of Cold Blood a book about British reptiles and amphibians, their meanings and his fascination with them dating back to his childhood) and Hugh Warwick (ecologist and author of a Prickly Affair and the Beauty in the Beast) will be giving short presentations followed by lunch.
River Nene Dragon Finder is a fantastic project that aims to conserve native reptiles and amphibians through practical conservation and public engagement activities. The project will be working along the length of the River Nene with 125 organisations, visiting 91 venues and directly benefiting 52,286 people. All this has been made possible with the help of a £472,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Phil Rothwell, Committee member for the East of England said: “How can anyone resist the opportunity to go in search of ‘dragons’? This is a fun project dealing with a serious subject, namely the decline of reptile and amphibian numbers. It combines restoration of habitats with learning about wildlife, creative artwork and many opportunities for volunteers of all ages to get involved and help out.”
River Nene Dragon Finder will involve local communities, school children, local volunteers and local groups in a range of activities that include species identification and surveying, pond restoration and creation, “Swimming with Dragons”, Mapestry workshops, Dragon Boat tours, Wildlife workshops and Wildlife Trail fun days.
“We want to share with people the many varied activities that they can get involved with in the River Nene Dragon Finder project. Some of these activities are tried and tested such as our Swimming with Dragons events but other activities such as the Mapestry is a new and innovative activity specifically designed for this region” Kathy Wormald, Chief Executive Officer.
James McAdie, Froglife: firstname.lastname@example.org; 01733 602102 or 07837654587