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Manton: Polish children get closer to nature at Pit Wood

Children saw many different examples of wildlife at Manton Pit Wood, including the Common Blue butterfly

Children saw many different examples of wildlife at Manton Pit Wood, including the Common Blue butterfly

A group of around 40 children and their families from the Polish community enjoyed a nature walk at Manton Pit Wood to learn about conservation.

Children and families from a residents’ group called Let’s Play @ CSL which meets at the Centre for Sport and Learning in Manton, took part in the visit, which was organised by Notts County Council’s green estates team.

The children enjoyed a nature walk before taking part in the annual Big Butterfly Count, where surveyors choose a sunny spot and sit for 15 minutes to count the number of butterflies they see.

Gill Grievson, Greenwood and Conservation projects officer, at the council said: “The Big Butterfly Count began in 2010 and has taken place every year since,”

“Butterflies are an early warning system for the health of our environment as they are the first to react to environmental changes.”

The council has been working with local people and a range of partner agencies to revamp Manton Pit Wood as part of a £200,000 scheme to benefit nearby communities and wildlife.

Investment funding was secured from the ERDF, Natural England and the LTP, with match-funding from the council

Improvements have included a new public car park, the restoration of degraded tracks and trails and the creation of new links to existing Rights of Way network and Sustrans Route Six.

 

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