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Rectory Park Gone Wild

GREAT NEWS - - - - - We have been sucessful yet again in our latest funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. It wasn't easy but our determined project team won through with more than a little help from Kirklees in the guise of the magnificent Debbie Bates. The competition was stiff but we were eventually awarded a grant of £47700 and must thank the HLF for their continuing generosity.

The grant enables us to embark on our eighteen month investigation of the Ecology and Biodiversity of Rectory Park during which we hope to involve the people of Thornhill both young and old in a series of activities in the Park.

Our activities begin on Saturday 21st September where in conjunction with the second annual Rectory Park Dog Show we will be holding our Project Launch Event.

We will have a display of birds of prey from Wise-Owl, Local bird expert Russell Smithson will be there to talk about and show everyone the birds inhabiting and passing through Rectory Park (there are many more than you think), a Hedgehog sanctuary will be there to talk about all things spikey! Many more activities will be there on the day, see local posters advertising the event and keep an eye on the Website and in the local Press for further details.

Throughout the next eighteen months there will be a host of events and activities in the park, our research team (yes, YOU can join, sign up at the launch event) will be producing several interpretation panels and leaflets on subjects such as, trees, birds, wetland areas and garden areas. We will be involving all the local schools in a series of hands on activities in the park and hope to encourage the people of Thornhill to join us in a series of investigations and learning opportunities relating to nature and wildlife.

There will be activities for all, during the week and at weekends, during the day and at night, come and celebrate National Dawn Chorus Day with us (Bacon sandwiches may be available!).

Come and learn new skills, investigate and report on the Nature in Rectory Park, learn the difference between an oak and an ash, a starling and a blackbird, learn how to build Dry Stone Walls with the TCV,

We will be installing a Dipping Platform in the Moat and carrying out "water" based activities on it.

Many more activities and events are planned, follow our progress and findings on our Facebook and Twitter pages, details will also be posted on our Website and Noticeboard.

Be as vigilant as an Owl and don't miss a thing, enjoy this exciting project with us and help protect, preserve and encourage wildlife habitats in Rectory Park.

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