Guest column: Summer lectures at country parks by Councillor John Knight

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A new lecture series about Sherwood Forest is just one of the highlights of a summer to remember across Nottinghamshire County Council’s country parks with packed programmes at Bestwood, Rufford Abbey and Sherwood Forest country parks.

Other highlights include conservation days and mini-miners’ go fishing at Bestwood, brass bands and the Midland Kite Fliers at Rufford and the 31st annual Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest.

The Sherwood lecture series follows last year’s 
successful Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the 
forest’s new status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

These talks have been funded by Awards for All and organised by the council in partnership with The Sherwood Forest Trust.

The evening events are being hosted at Sherwood Forest to learn more about the forest’s rich natural habitats, its history and its legends and will be presented by guest experts.

Here are the first few lectures in the series:

Ancient Trees and their place in our cultural history :July 18 at 1pm and July 19 at 11am.

For our first lectures we are very grateful to Ted Green, founding member of the Ancient Tree Forum, who will lead a talk and a walk around some of our own ancient trees on both days.

We are really excited about this as Ted has a vast knowledge on ancient trees and has been coming to Sherwood for a number of years to look at and study some of our oldest trees. Please book places .

Pre-booking is essential on 01623 823202. £5 per 
person including refreshments.

The bats of Sherwood Forest: Tuesday, July 21 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

The evening programme is designed to enable you to learn and interact with these wonderful creatures on several levels.

Starting with a 
presentation by Bob Cornish, a bat rehabilitator who with his wife Ingrid, runs a small bat hospital in Gainsborough.

We will examine some of the myths which surround bats, how vital they are on a global basis and finish by looking at some of the species that can be found in this county.

This will be followed by some refreshments and the chance to meet Junior, a live pipistrelle bat, and ask any questions.

The evening will be rounded off with a walk through the woods with bat detectors so that you can listen to the world of echolocation. Please bring a low powered torch and insect repellent is recommended. Pre-booking is essential on 01623 823202. Not suitable for under 16s - £5 per person including refreshments.

Find out more about our events and activities at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/whatson.