Wildlife wonders in focus

PUBLISHED: 15:19 03 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:25 10 June 2010

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3: EAST DEVON Heath Week got off to a cracking start with its launch party on Sunday. The big family event was a joint venture arranged to celebrate the district's heathlands by providing guided tours, walks, rambles and night time cycle rides across what i

EAST DEVON Heath Week got off to a cracking start with its launch party on Sunday. The big family event was a joint venture arranged to celebrate the district's heathlands by providing guided tours, walks, rambles and night time cycle rides across what is generally recognised as a globally threatened habitat.Woodbury Castle provided a starting point to allow people to take part in numerous activities including story telling, willow weaving and treasure hunts.On Monday a trip out to Aylesbeare Common, led by the RSPB's Charles Reed and East Devon Ranger James Chubb, provided the opportunity for a tractor ride and pond dipping in the heathland ponds.An open day at Bystock Pools was the highlight on Tuesday with a personalised tour and also a reptile ramble on Fire Beacon Hill.A night time mountain bike ride across Mutters Moor was due to be held last night, followed by a dawn trip out to Aylesbeare Common this morning looking for Darties at dawn and, later today, the chance for budding bird buffs to meet nightjars and moths at Aylesbeare. In the meantime, mums, dads and children have had the opportunity to indulge in outdoor culinary activities as well as a variety of crafts.

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