Leave the tv behind and explore the wildlife and wild places of Leicestershire and Rutland by joining one of the Trust’s Wild Walks or other events on your own summerwatch!
The next three Wild Walks are:
Wild Flowers and Butterflies of Ketton Quarry on Sunday June 21 at 2.30pm
The quarry’s mixture of grassland, woodland and scrub habitats forms an exceptional nature reserve for a wide variety of animals and plants. Conservation Officer Jenny Harris will show you around this Site of Special Scientific Interest and help you to identify the wild flowers and butterflies that abound.
Butterflies and Dragonflies of Kelham Bridge on Sunday July 5 at 10am
It's National Dragonfly Week and Kelham Bridge is the ideal place to spot dragonflies and butterflies. Join Volunteer Reserve Warden Ian Merrill and learn how to identify the different species of butterflies and dragonflies found on the reserve. To date 16 species of dragonfly and 19 species of butterfly have been recorded here.
Bats and glow-worms, Charnwood Lodge, Friday July 10 at 8.30pm
Join Conservation Officer Jenny Harris, for a fascinating evening of bat and glow-worm watching. Charnwood Lodge is an important nature reserve for pipestrelle and the rare Natterer's bats. Meet Jenny at the 'Bomb' rocks for an introductory talk about the bats and their habitats and then walk down to the stables to watch the bats emerging from their roosts at dusk followed by glow-worm spotting amongst the undergrowth.
Each walk is £3 per person. Places are limited so booking is essential. Please contact the Trust office on 0116 262 9968 - or book online where further events and details are available.
Photograph: Marbled white butterfly at Ketton Quarry (Andy Lear/LRWT)