Kingfisher Trail 2021

Image of Kingfisher on branch ©Photo by Louie Fletcher

Celebrating our waterways and wildlife…the Kingfisher Trail 2021

You can find out everything you need to know about the Kingfisher Trail by visiting the official website: www.kingfishertrail.org. Meanwhile, here’s a quick summary:

When?
The Kingfisher Trail 2021 will be launched on the Spring Bank Holiday in May and run until October half-term, and will feature 21 kingfishers (painted by talented artists) located in towns and villages connected to our rivers, not only within the Cotswolds but also reaching into surrounding towns and cities.

Where?
In the west, the Severn Trail will follow the tributaries of the River Severn and the Cotswold Way along the dramatic escarpment. In the east, the Thames Trail will link stunning Cotswold villages and the waterways and tributaries of the River Thames. Each trail will feature 10 gloriously painted kingfisher sculptures. The 21st kingfisher – the flying kingfisher – will move to a new location each fortnight and could be found anywhere in the Cotswolds!

Why kingfishers? 
We have chosen the kingfisher because it is an iconic bird that has a connection to both land and water. Though in the past its numbers have been through periods of decline, it’s a survivor – and symbolizes adaptability and resilience. As the country comes out of the coronavirus crisis, the Kingfisher Trail aims to be a positive symbol of recovery and to inspire an increased appreciation of nature. It will give people an opportunity to spend time outdoors exploring the Cotswolds and the many leisure, entertainment and cultural activities the area has to offer.

Fundraising
The Kingfisher Trail will also raise money that will be reinvested in the Cotswolds National Landscape. The two projects that will receive support through our fundraising efforts are:

Rural Skills – Reaching Out
Supporting the Kingfisher Trail will help generate funding for local schools to take part in a rural skills experience (which could be for a day or part of a residential, spending a night under the stars). We will target harder to reach/disengaged learners giving them the opportunity to learn a new skill in the countryside and, perhaps, the start of a new career that they had never considered.

Cotswolds Landscape – Learning
Funds raised will also help us to employ an Education Officer. This person will help children understand what makes the Cotswolds special and help them to develop a long lasting appreciation and connection with nature.

For more information about the trail please email james.webb@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

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