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Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s education centre at Carlton near Lowestoft will be throwing open its doors to the whole community on October 28th as part of the BBC Breathing Spaces campaign. BBC Radio Suffolk will be there broadcasting from the event.

On "Make a Difference Day," Education Officer, Lorna will host the event that will include activities for the new season include bird box building, conservation taster days for families and dyke dipping sessions.

Lorna hopes to set up a practical conservation wildlife group and toddler group to give parents the chance to walk and socialise in a beautiful natural setting. There will be activity mornings for 5-7 yr olds and longer days for 8-12 yr olds as well as courses for adults.

“I will be coming up with new ideas and practical ways of creating a high quality experience for all. Art focused courses will pick up on the amazing Waveney landscapes and rare marsh plants. I'm also keen to build up the volunteer team so that we can expand what we currently offer and provide new opportunities,” says Lorna.

“I would like to open up our activities to as wide an audience as possible and let the local community know what a great site they have on their doorstep. Even if you don't have the time or inclination to get involved in activities or volunteering, Carlton Marshes is a wonderfully peaceful oasis to relax in. People are welcome to drop in and introduce themselves; the reserve is open dawn to dusk (the car park is generally open 9am-5pm) and the centre is currently open Wednesdays and Fridays. ”

Volunteer opportunities at Carlton are varied and will be highlighted at the centre’s Make a Difference Day this Saturday. From admin and computing, education support, stocks and sales, reception duties and publicity to practical hands on conservation work – there is likely to be something to suit everyone.

Carlton Marshes is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its dragonflies and rare water plants such as bladderwort and water soldier. The excellent water quality means there is a huge variety of freshwater invertebrates too. The network of public paths which run through the reserve make it easily accessible to local communities.

Make a Difference Day on Saturday 28 October from 11am-3pm is for all the family. There will be guided walks, seed collecting trails, the chance to find out about local volunteering and how to manage your own wildlife patch. Light refreshments and free entry. For more information please contact Lorna Kerrison on 01502 564250.

BBC Radio Suffolk will be broadcasting from the event on the Lesley Dolphin show. The team will also be there to hand out leaflets for Breathing Places, along with seed collecting bags.

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