Go wild at Chard Countryside Day in July

If you haven’t visited before, the perfect opportunity to make a first foray over to the beautiful Local Nature Reserve reservoir site at Chard is coming up in July.

Chard Reservoir is owned and managed by South Somerset District Council, it has lovely woodland walks, watery views and meadows alive with insects and flowers; Chard Countryside Day is a great time to explore the reserve and all it offers.

On Saturday 8 July from 11:00am until 4:00pm, the South Somerset Countryside Team will be on site with lots of free family activities including bug hunting, birds of prey, willow weaving, pond dipping, face painting, forest school activities and wood turning.

There is free parking in the Oaklands Avenue car park, or you could use the Sustrans cycleway from town and cycle to the meadows.

Tim Brown, Countryside Ranger for Chard said, “We enjoy delivering this event every year and sharing with people the wonderful site and wildlife at Chard. The orchid meadows are truly spectacular this year and just this week a new family of ducklings have hatched, so come along and use the bird hide to see if you can spot them on the water or hiding in the reed beds. We are delighted to be welcoming tutors from Carymoor Environmental Centre to join us this year to help local children get hands on with nature and understand about reducing, re-using and recycling for a more sustainable life.”

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture added, “The sun always seems to shine at Chard Countryside Day, so make sure to put the date in your diary and pop along to join the rangers in some great activities on site.”

To find out more about the Chard Reservoir site, visit www.southsomersetcountryside.com.