Hundreds turn out for Bystock discovery day

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 August 2018

Heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9091. Picture: Terry Ife

Heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9091. Picture: Terry Ife

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More than 400 parents, children and wildlife enthusiasts turned out for an annual discovery event at an Exmouth nature reserve.

Children pon dipping at Heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9082. Picture: Terry IfeChildren pon dipping at Heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9082. Picture: Terry Ife

As part of Heath Week 2018, Devon Wildlife Trust held an event at Bystock Ponds with the aim of raising awareness of the beauty spot and the species that call it their home.

On the day, children were able to enjoy pond dipping, bug hunting, creative crafts, and den building, as well as fun nature reserve trails, with guided walks for adults.

Officers from East Devon District Council’s countryside team were also on hand for the event to share their knowledge.

Jan Coman, of Devon Wildlife Trust, hoped the event would encourage a few of the younger visitors to become tomorrow’s wildlife champions.

Children pon dipping at Heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9071. Picture: Terry IfeChildren pon dipping at Heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9071. Picture: Terry Ife

She added: “It makes people aware of the beautiful reserve they have.

“It’s a way for families to being along their children and get them introduced to nature.”

Children pon dipping at Heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9066. Picture: Terry IfeChildren pon dipping at Heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9066. Picture: Terry Ife

Ponies at heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9063. Picture: Terry IfePonies at heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9063. Picture: Terry Ife

Ponies at heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9059. Picture: Terry IfePonies at heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9059. Picture: Terry Ife

Ponies at Heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9056. Picture: Terry IfePonies at Heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9056. Picture: Terry Ife

Members of Devon Wildlife Trust Exmouth group during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9049. Picture: Terry IfeMembers of Devon Wildlife Trust Exmouth group during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9049. Picture: Terry Ife

Heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9047. Picture: Terry IfeHeath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9047. Picture: Terry Ife

Heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9055. Picture: Terry IfeHeath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9055. Picture: Terry Ife

Kevin and Honor McMeeking signing up for Devon Wildlife Trust with volunteer David Hughes during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9043. Picture: Terry IfeKevin and Honor McMeeking signing up for Devon Wildlife Trust with volunteer David Hughes during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9043. Picture: Terry Ife

Storyteller David Heathfield entertaining the children during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9041. Picture: Terry IfeStoryteller David Heathfield entertaining the children during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9041. Picture: Terry Ife

Bella Hughes making her own badge during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9039. Picture: Terry IfeBella Hughes making her own badge during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9039. Picture: Terry Ife

Toby Taylor-Bashford with his daughters Flo and Izzy during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9032. Picture: Terry IfeToby Taylor-Bashford with his daughters Flo and Izzy during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9032. Picture: Terry Ife

James Trevett with his son Reid at heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9031. Picture: Terry IfeJames Trevett with his son Reid at heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9031. Picture: Terry Ife

Lineke Bosman and Emily Bacon making dens at heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9020. Picture: Terry IfeLineke Bosman and Emily Bacon making dens at heath week in Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9020. Picture: Terry Ife

Heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9017. Picture: Terry IfeHeath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9017. Picture: Terry Ife

Heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9016. Picture: Terry IfeHeath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9016. Picture: Terry Ife

Heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9015. Picture: Terry IfeHeath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9015. Picture: Terry Ife

heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9014. Picture: Terry Ifeheath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9014. Picture: Terry Ife

Toby Taylor-Bashford with his daughters Flo and Izzy during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9032. Picture: Terry IfeToby Taylor-Bashford with his daughters Flo and Izzy during heath week at Bystock nature reserve. Ref exe 31 18TI 9032. Picture: Terry Ife

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