National Trust news for North Somerset

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By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 12:05

Nailsea people are invited to go twitching with the National Trust in North Somerset this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26, as part of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch visitors to Tyntesfield can join in lots of activities including a national bird spotting survey from 10am-3pm while others can go walking in Leigh Woods.

Bird lovers of all ages and experiences will be able to join local ornithologist and wildlife detective, Ed Drewitt, who will be conducting bird spotting walks around the National Trust estates as well as introductory lectures on how to identify birds.

Other activities at the North Somerset gothic mansion include a giant bird survey board, Q&A sessions with the Tyntesfield ranger, and the opportunity to decorate a bird box.

Tyntesfield events officer Hugh Harris said: "It's going to be a great weekend to fly over to Tyntesfield, learn how to identify and count different types of birds and get creative by decorating your own bird box. 

"We are looking forward to helping our visitors learn about the feathered friends that live in our own back gardens."

The walk and talk with Ed Drewitt is on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Tynestesfied from 10am–1pm costs £10 per person and includes a hot drink.

While the Big Family Bird Walk at Leigh Woods is on Sunday, January 26, from 2-3pm. It costs £6.50 per person or £25 for a family ticket. 

The bird box decorating workshop is at Tyntesfield on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2-3pm and costs £5 per person to include bird box and decorating materials. 

Normal admission applies.

With February half term on the horizon it will be the perfect excuse to stay up late and the Leigh Woods team is running a Family Night Walk on Monday, February 17, between 5-6.30pm. 

The aim is to allow visitors to discover the woodlands at night, a chance to go on an after-hours moonlit walk before enjoying a toasted marshmallow on the campfire. This event costs £3.50 per person.

Tyntesfield is a fine Victorian country house created by one of England's richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser.

Spiralling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings and church-like windows complete the Gothic look, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairy-tale mansion. Terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland scattered with hundreds of trees collected by the family, and a glorious walled kitchen garden beyond.

The Tyntesfield estate was saved for the nation by the National Trust in 2002 and is open every day except December 25. 

  • Leigh Woods is popular with all kinds of people; it is well used by mountain bikers and dog walkers as well as those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or burn off some steam. Families are regular visitors too and over the years they have been able to enjoy woodland sculptures and the play trail. Now the National Trust team are making an effort to offer more to families through a year round events programme. For those who like to stay active, on Thursday, February 20, the Leigh Woods Community Games will be taking place between 10am-2pm. This event is free and offers a chance to have some fun in the woods by trying out a new sport and completing some of the '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' activities. 

People are invited to bring all the family for a day in the woods with a difference.For more information on how to book events at Tyntesfield click HERE or call 0844 249 1895. For more information about the events at Leigh Woods click HERE.

  • New local food and craft producers are being sought to join a successful monthly market at Tyntesfield. The food and craft markets run on the first Sunday of each month from April through to December at the Home Farm Visitor Centre. The markets offer local food and craft producers the chance to showcase and sell their products to more than 2,000 people each day in beautiful historic surroundings. All stall holders come from within a 30 miles radius of Tyntesfield. Stalls cost £30 but for anybody booking five dates in advance qualifiy for a discounted price of £25. For more information call events officer Hugh Harris on 01275 461964.
  • Learn how to lay a hedge with February at Lower Failand Organic Farm, North Somerset. Hedgerows are a vital part of the British countryside, as both a field boundary and a valuable wildlife habitat.This three day course aims to introduce the practical skills of traditional hedgelaying management, and how this can be best done to conserve the wildlife that rely on them. Organic farmer Mike Amos will lead the educational, active day out in the fresh air teaching the art of hedgelaying.The three day course is held over three consecutive Sundays, February 2, 9 and 16 from 10am-2pm. The adult-only course costs £60 per person for the three day course. Places are limited therefore booking in advance is advised.  Bookings can be made online by clicking HERE or by calling 0844 249 1895.

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