A generous donation from The Lions Club of Yeovil to the Friends of Yeovil Country Park has enabled them to buy children’s binoculars for use in Yeovil Country Park.
The binoculars have already been used by South Somerset District Council’s ranger team on their bird week event in February half term. The Community Ranger, Becky Russell has also found them to be a great asset when taking groups and school groups out and about around the country park on educational trips.
Rachael Whaites, Countryside Ranger “When we used the binoculars for the first time with the children, they found it fascinating. Not only did they get to see the birds and ducks in much more detail than they ever had before, but they also enjoyed getting to grips with how to use binoculars. It takes a bit of time and practice getting used to focusing on what it is you want to look at. To be able to see the birds in greater details makes them so much more interesting to young people, and birds are a great indicator of how healthy our environment is”.
Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture at South Somerset District Council added, “We are very grateful to The Yeovil Lions for their generous donation. The addition of binoculars to the equipment that children can use to explore nature will greatly enhance their knowledge and learning about wildlife and habitats”.
John Nicholas, President of The Yeovil Lions said, “It’s great to be able to support activities like this which the whole family can benefit from”.
The donation from the Lions has been used as match funding for the Heritage Lottery Grant project at Yeovil Country Park; V3 InVolve, Visit, Volunteer.
You can find out more information about Yeovil Country Park at www.southsomersetcountryside.com. Online bookings can be taken for paid for events at countryside location on the District Council’s countryside website.