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A Summer Evening Walk in a Bath Wildlife Haven

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Posted: Monday 5th June 2017 by WildBlog

By Nicole Daw, People and Wildlife Officer

Last Thursday marked the start of our 30 Days Wild campaign encouraging people to connect with nature every day in June. In Bath we began the month with an after-work wildlife walk and it was the perfect way to spend a hot and sunny summer’s evening.

Around 20 of us gathered at Bath Spa Train station where we were met by Alan and Marion form the Bath Naturalists Society. We walked along the river and canal to our final destination of Smallcombe Cemetery.

We had only walked for 20 minutes but once there we could have been a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The feeling I experienced when in the space is hard to describe, not just quiet, but a deep tranquillity as birds sang amidst the chapels and gravestones, and we gazed at the natural beauty of old trees, views back to Bath and banks of wild plants.

We started our exploration with looking at all the different grasses found in just a small patch as we entered the cemetery. Looking through a hand lens at the different structures opens up a brand new world on intricate detail. Our journey continued through the site taking in mosses, lichens, wild flowers, birds and invertebrates. Before we knew it we were back where we started. Having worked up a thirst in the summer evening heat there was only one thing for it, a quick pint of Hedgehog’s Snout ale at the Bath Brew House! We're running after-work walks every Wednesday in June in Bath. Do join us for the next walk - you can find out more and sign up here.

If you'd like to connect with nature for the rest of June do sign up to take part in #30DaysWild. And if you'd like to sample a pint of Hedgehog's Snout - an ale specially brewed to raise funds for Avon Wildlife Trust - head to The Bath Brew House where it will be on sale during June.

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