Discover the wildflowers of the Cotswolds
From this weekend, the Cotswolds Conservation Board will be holding its first Cotswolds Wildflowers Week to help local residents and visitors celebrate the special flora of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) during the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.
The Cotswolds Wildflowers Week, which takes place from 12 to 20 June, will provide unique opportunities for people of all ages to discover some of the best places to see wildflowers across the AONB including Cleeve Common, Glyme Valley, Stonesfield in West Oxfordshire, Bredon Hill and Selsley Common.
There will also be the chance to join a walk with botanist Dr Paul Smith and the Broadway Natural History Society to find out more about the wildflowers of Broadway Hill, and join the Cleeve Common conservation officer to learn more about this important grassland and Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Many of the walks will be led by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, who will be able to provide interesting commentary along the way. Walks vary in length and ability, from 3 to 10 miles. Other events taking place this week are offered by the National Trust and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
Nicola Greaves, spokesperson for the Cotswolds Conservation Board said: “Cotswolds Wildflowers Week is the second of our three themed nature events taking place during this celebratory year of biodiversity. With such a variety of wildflowers on display at this time of year, this event should appeal to anyone with an interest in nature and who wants to find out more about some of the special flora of the Cotswolds.”
Full details of all events are available from the Cotswolds AONB website, go to: http://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/events.
Notes to editors:
- 2010 has been declared International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and celebrate success stories.
- Dogs are not allowed on guided walks, apart from guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for the deaf.
- Appropriate footwear should be worn on guided walks as some walks may be steep and muddy in places.
- The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
- The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
- With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the third largest protected landscape in England and Wales after the Lake District and Snowdonia. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
- The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 47 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. www.aonb.org.uk