Top botanist's green message

PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

BUDDING naturalists flocked to Sandy Bay last Friday for a wildlife lesson with celebrity botanist and eco-warrior David Bellamy. Professor Bellamy returned to Devon Cliffs Holiday Park for the first time in three years to give pointers to youngsters in h

BUDDING naturalists flocked to Sandy Bay last Friday for a wildlife lesson with celebrity botanist and eco-warrior David Bellamy.Professor Bellamy returned to Devon Cliffs Holiday Park for the first time in three years to give pointers to youngsters in how to identify creatures from the sea. TV's famous Jolly Green Giant led the beach walk as part of The Big Green Festival that took place at 35 Haven Holiday Parks around the country.Other events included a wildlife photography competition, nature walks and other activities linked to local wildlife.Professor Bellamy is a strong advocate of caravanning and he said he was impressed by the environmental credentials of Devon Cliffs, whose beach has Blue Flag status.Trudging around the seaweed and rock pools, Prof Bellamy pointed out whelks' eggs, sea urchins, crabs and shark eggs to the children.He said: "The business here is now looking after the wildlife and the environment just as they look after visitors."The Big Green Weekend has shown that on each park something special is going on and across the country Haven Holidays are at the cutting edge of the 3 R's....Reduce, Reuse and Recycle."And what a fantastic job they're doing. Now the way forward is to to turn our focus on to the three 'F's'...Fossil Fuels and Footprints and we need to get everyone to be as efficient as possible in their use of fuel."Devon Cliffs is doing a fantastic job looking after the environment here at Sandy Bay and big congratulations to them for achieving the Blue Flag Award for the beach." General Manager Paul Adkins said: "The Big Green Weekend is a great way to raise awareness of all the eco-friendly endeavours we undertake at Devon Cliffs as well as encouraging our holidaymakers and caravan owners to get involved in all the green activities."It was a real pleasure to have David Bellamy here on park - especially as he was one of the first to admire the new Blue Flag recently awarded to Sandy Bay!

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