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Conservation charity to run free events celebrating Norfolk’s natural wildlife

PUBLISHED: 16:07 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07 13 September 2017

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will run free sessions on Norfolk's wildlife. Photo: TCV

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will run free sessions on Norfolk's wildlife. Photo: TCV

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A wildlife charity will be offering people the chance to get closer to nature for free, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will run free sessions on Norfolk's wildlife. Photo: TCV The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will run free sessions on Norfolk's wildlife. Photo: TCV

Community charity The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will run a series of free short courses giving people in central Norfolk the chance to learn more about a wide range of different plants and animals.

Subjects will include bats, fungi and mosses, in addition to discovering how to do great wildlife photography, and how to help wildlife in the garden.

Some of the activities will take place out in the field, starting with ecologist Rob Coleman leading an evening bat walk at Foxley Wood.

This exciting nature walk will give people the rare chance to explore Norfolk’s largest ancient woodland at night. The walk takes place on Wednesday, October 4, at 6.30pm.

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will run free sessions on Norfolk's wildlife. Photo: TCV The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will run free sessions on Norfolk's wildlife. Photo: TCV

At nearby Bawdeswell Heath on Friday, October 13, at 11.15am there will be a mushroom foraging session led by county fungi recorder Tony Leech.

This tasty taster session will allow people the chance to find out more about these curious organisms, and even eat them if they dare.

For indoor-dwellers, at Bawdeswell Village Hall Jerry Kinsley will be showing some of his stunning wildlife photos and sharing the secrets of his success, on Wednesday, October 11, at 7.45pm.

Whilst back outside on Friday, November 10, Robin Stevenson will be helping the public find and identify some fascinating, forgotten plants and mosses. This event is at 11.15am at Foxley Wood.

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will run free sessions on Norfolk's wildlife. Photo: TCV The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) will run free sessions on Norfolk's wildlife. Photo: TCV

TCV project officer Mark Webster, who will also be sharing his many years of experience with a talk on wildlife gardening at Bawdeswell Village Hall at 7.45pm on Wednesday, October 18, said: “We have been very lucky to get some real experts who are also great communicators to lead these sessions.

“We hope that as many people as possible can take advantage of these free opportunities to learn about their local wildlife.”

TCV helps around 8,000 people every year gain skills to help them find a job. The charity provides more than 900,000 volunteer hours each year, which have a “positive impact on the green spaces at the heart of their communities”.

For more details about how to join any of these walks and talks, see The Conservation Volunteers’ website: ww.tcv.org.uk/norfolk.

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