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Easton and Otley College celebrates the many reasons to be wild about Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:01 14 October 2014

Visitors enjoying the Wild About Norfolk event at Easton and Otley College

Visitors enjoying the Wild About Norfolk event at Easton and Otley College

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Visitors to Easton and Otley College took a walk on the wild side at an environmental event set up by the RSPB.

Visitors enjoying the Wild About Norfolk event at Easton and Otley CollegeVisitors enjoying the Wild About Norfolk event at Easton and Otley College

The Wild About Norfolk event on Saturday attracted 1500 people eager to learn about the county’s wildlife.

Head of Land-Based Studies at the College Martyn Davey said: “I would say we had more of a mixed age range attending this year in comparison with 2013, it was also a lot busier in terms of attendees.

“The whole event was aimed at helping promote local wildlife charities while also championing environmental issues in the county, it was a pleasure to be involved.”

During the day visitors went on wildlife walks and tractor rides and tried their hand at making badges and bird boxes.

One of the organisers Ellen Chestney said: “Ultimately the aim of this event was for people of all ages to have fun, learn more about the wildlife around them and broaden their environmental awareness, all under one roof and that’s what we believe we achieved.

“Thanks to everyone for supporting this event. It was a great day.”

Wild About Norfolk has taken place at Easton and Otley College for the past four years, after being set up by the RSPB in 2000.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust, The Broads Authority, Norfolk Beekeepers, British Dragonflies and the Norfolk Bat Group were among the groups takling to visitors about wildlife.

Head of People and Wildlife at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, David North said: “Wild About Norfolk at Easton College on Saturday was a rich mix of organisations and individuals with a passion for Norfolk’s wildlife in all its many guises and young people and families keen to learn.

“When you put this mix together you get inspiration.

“Many young people, including the many Brownies who attended, will have left inspired to do something positive for wildlife, whether planting a bulb, provided free by NWT, in their garden, planning a future visit to a nature reserve or joining a conservation organisation.

“This was a great celebration of the wildlife that makes Norfolk such a fantastic place for young people to grow up in!”

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