BBC Cymru Wales is set to inspire new wildlife heroes to do something for nature this summer in a Springwatch season of events and programmes.

The season kicks off with three Springwatch specials on 17, 19 and 20 May. The main Springwatch series then runs from Monday, 31 May - 17 June on BBC Two Wales.

Families in Wales will be able to attend Springwatch Wild Days Out, offering hands on nature activities from 20 May - 12 June.

The wild season will mark the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity with a series of events and programmes to promote the importance of protecting a wide range of species across the UK and around the world.

On Monday, May 17, the 'Springwatch Wild Season' in Wales kicks off on BBC Radio Wales - highlighting the plight of the bees.

Morning presenters Jamie Owen and Louise Elliott will join the Bee Part of It campaign to learn more about the bee and its crucial role in our circle of life.

Springwatch Wild Days Out in Wales:

  • 20 - 22 May, National Museum Cardiff
Three days of hands on wildlife activities at National Museum Cardiff. Meet BBC wildlife presenter - Rhys Jones and his reptiles and take a behind the scenes natural history tour. For more information, visit www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/iybwales

  • 22 May, 24 hour Bio-Blitz, Bishop's Wood Nature Centre, Caswell Bay. Starts at 5am.
Join the City and County of Swansea Nature Conservation Team and Swansea Biodiversity Partnership to help record and identify grasses, mammals, insects, trees, seashore life, birds and more.

  • 22 June, International Biodiversity Day at the Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon.
Learn about Roman animals and go wild making some animal art.

  • 31 May - 5 June, National Urdd Eisteddfod
Six days of nature activities down on the grounds of Llanerchaeron. Have a go at making a home for bees and butterflies, discover life in the lake with pond dipping and angling and get out and about on a nature trail and mini beast hunt. Visit the BBC Cymru Wales tent to find out more.

  • 5 June, Green Meadow Farm, Cwmbran.
Visit the Gwent Amphibian & Reptile Group's exhilarating exhibit - meet the slow worms, lizards, toads, newts and frogs.

  • 6 June, Treborth Botanic Gardens, Bangor
Take part in a range of activities: mini beast hunt, rock pool safari, see live reptiles and amphibians, learn to build bird boxes, weave willow and listen to live music. There'll be something for everyone. For more information contact Kate Williamson on: 01766 772255; e-mail Kate.Williamson@eryri-npa.gov.uk

  • 12 June, Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar.
Meet BBC wildlife presenter - Rhys Jones, and lots of wild animals including otters, owls, bats and reptiles. Have a go at making homes for birds and insects. Go pond dipping or on a nature walk. Play fun games and activities such as face painting and the ladybird quiz.

A full list of events can be found on the BBC Breathing Places website.


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