The National Trust is staging its environmental festival, #LoveNature, over the half-term holidays. Set in and around St. Ouen’s Bay in Jersey’s National Park, the event showcases the wild orchids in all their glory at Le Noir Pré.
Islanders are invited to discover sites in St Ouen’s Bay such as Le Don Hilton (the White House) and the Wetland Centre, and explore Plémont headland, Mont Grantez, La Mielle de Morville, St Ouen’s Pond – La Mare au Seigneur and the orchid fields at Le Noir Pré,
Wildlife is at the heart of the festival and participants can enjoy nature and botany walks, go foraging, forest ‘bathing’, rock pooling for ‘grown ups’ and experience a Puffin Watch. Nature enthusiasts can join the Trust’s Land Manager on a ‘behind the scenes’ trail and the Jersey Bat Group will be staging a ‘Hugh the Bat’ talk near the Wetland Centre and those wishing to see these elusive creatures can test out bat detectors near the pond.
The festival is very child friendly and younger environmentalists can discover wildlife on rock pool rambles and pond dipping and get up close and personal with birds of prey. They can also create nature themed art and craft at the White House – Le Don Hilton.
Another highlight of the festival is experiencing a riot of colour at Le Noir Pré, the orchid meadows, which will be in full bloom. There are three species of orchids found growing in Le Noir Pré; the Southern Marsh Orchid, Jersey Orchid and the Spotted Orchid.
To view the programme please go to https://www.nationaltrust.je/lovenaturefestival/