Tees Valley Wildlife Trust working in partnership with Middlesbrough Community Learning and as part of River Tees Rediscovered are offering a free course for beginners about the butterflies found on two of its nature reserves in Middlesbrough and Stockton. On Wednesday 27th June, Portrack Marsh and Maze Park will be the focus for this workshop which will allow participants to learn about both the common and rare butterflies found on these important urban habitats. Maze Park is a green oasis right at the centre of the Teesside. We will climb one of its landscaped mounds to enjoy panoramic views of the conurbation.  Explore the glades and open grassland within the reserve have attracted more than 12 species of butterfly including the increasingly scarce grayling and dingy skipper. The sessions start at 10.00 am with a introductory classroom session all about butterflies. This will be followed by a walk around the reserves looking for wildlife especially butterflies  and recording what we find. We will also look at how the Wildlife Trust manages the reserves for wildlife and some of the issues connected to this.

To book or for more details contact the Trust on 01287 636382 or info@teeswildlife.org.

Meet outside the Talpore Pub TS17 6QB. Please wear sensible clothing and footwear for outside activity and bring a packed lunch – hot drinks provided. Session – 10.00 – 3.30

To book and for information about all the courses and events the Trust offers visit http://www.teeswildlife.org/events/.