THE WILDLIFE ART SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL - VISITS 2017
Come along & enjoy sketching or photographing wildlife together. Meet at 11am. Visits offer the chance to watch wildlife both wild and captive. Whenever possible, car-sharing will be suggested to share fuel costs.
COOMBE COUNTRY PARK, Coventry CV3 2AB – Sunday 26th March. www.coventry.gov.uk/coombe
Over 500 acres of historic woodland & lakes, with SSSI conservation area, bird hide & Warwickshire’s largest Heronry. Walks, water birds, swans. Dogs on leads. Visitor Centre & Cafe. Car Parking by time, max £5. Download a park map.
SECRET WORLD WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTRE, Highbridge, Somerset.TA9 3PZ – Sunday 9th April www.secretworld.org
A chance to see the work of this inspiring rescue centre, & meet some of the resident animals & birds. This is our chosen Charity for 2017, so find a subject to depict for the Exhibition. No Dogs.
KINGFISHER HIDE, Worcestershire – Wednesday 26th April
Photo opportunity with Vic Sharratt at weatherproof kingfisher hide on farm in Worcestershire 5 mins from Jn5 M5. Camera lens 300mm or above. Birds usually perch 2-3 times per hour, 20ft from hide to subject. £65 per session, 8am-12.30, or 1-5pm, Max 4 each session. Warm clothing. No toilets. Contact Vic directly by 7th March email@example.com
CHESTER ZOO, Upton, Chester. CH2 1EU – Sunday 7th May. www.chesterzoo.org
Over 500 species of exotic & endangered animals, & wonderful habitats. Big Cats, Asian elephants, primates, wild dogs, bears, birds, reptiles. Cafes. No Dogs. Adults £26 on gate, price including concessions cheaper booked online
WHISBY NATURE PARK, Thorpe-on-the-Hill, Lincoln LN6 9BW – Sunday 21st May. www.lincstrust.org.uk
Large nature park, with many lakes, woodland, marsh & grassland, to watch birds, dragonflies & flowers. Bird hides and walks. Visitor Centre & Café. Dogs on leads. Car Parking £2 per car.
WICKEN FEN SSSI (National Trust), near Ely, Cambs CB7 5XP – Sunday 11th June. www.wicken.org.uk
One of Europe’s most important wetlands, abundance of wildlife in flowering meadows, sedge & reedbeds. May see hen harrier, water vole, bittern. Boardwalks and trails. Electric boat trips along Wicken Lode. Visitor Centre & Café. Dog on leads at all times. Free entry & parking National Trust Members, others £10 plus £2.50 car parking.
CAT SURVIVAL TRUST, Welwyn, Herts. AL6 9TU – Sunday 9th July. www.catsurvivaltrust.org
Charity dedicated to rescue & conservation of wild cat species of all sizes. Snow Leopard, Jaguar, Amur Leopard, Puma, Serval, Lynx, Leopard cat & others, with very close views of all the cats for sketching & photos. Free to CST members, others join on the day for £9, £6 concessions. Take your lunch.
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR BIRDS OF PREY, Newent, Glos. GL18 1JJ – Sunday 20th August. www.icbp.org
Over 60 species of Owls, Eagles, Vultures, Kites, etc. Flying demonstrations 3 times a day. No Dogs except in Car Park. Café. Entry: Adults £12 (Gift Aid), concessions £11.
TWYCROSS ZOO, Atherstone, Warwicks. CV9 3PX – Sunday 3rd September. www.twycrosszoo.org
Over 650 animals of 150 species, world famous Primate Centre, Amur & Snow Leopards, Asian Elephant, giraffe, zebra, reptiles, birds. Adults £18.95 (Giftaid), concessions £16.50, all cheaper online.
SALCEY FOREST, nr Hartwell, Northants. NN7 2HX – Sunday 1st October. www.forestry.gov.uk
Remnant of medieval royal hunting forest, with veteran oak trees 500 years old. Fallow & muntjac deer, birds, ponds, woodland with possible autumn colours. Walks, including treetop boardwalk. Visitor centre with Café. Parking £4 all day. Dogs welcome.
BRADGATE PARK, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire LE6 0HB – Sunday 5th November. www.bradgatepark.org
Historic medieval Deer Park, 830 acres of grass, bracken, rocky outcrops, veteran trees & woods. Deer sanctuary, red & fallow deer, red stags in rut. Car Park £4, some free on road outside. Cafes opposite entrance. Dogs on leads, please. Arrive at 7am to catch the sunrise!
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John Horton (general member contact) email@example.com
Sarais Crawshaw (visit and events organiser) firstname.lastname@example.org
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