Happy Chinese New Year!

At Chinese New Year, people often wish each other good health, happiness, and a long life.  If you have been celebrating the Chinese New Year with a hearty Chinese meal, you may be looking for ideas to work off the excess.  Here are a few ideas to get you out and about as the spring flowers start to peek out, the frog spawn appears and the daylight hours lengthen.  These activities are almost guaranteed to bring you good health, happiness and a long life!

Parkrun at Plym Valley.  Saturday, 24 February 2018 at 09:00 – 10:00.  Free weekly 5k run every Saturday in the Plymbridge woodland for all abilities, all runners depart at 9am.  To meet go from Plymbridge car park, on the Plympton side turn left at the road and go left through the kissing gate into the meadow.  Further information on 01752 333500 ext 502, or email charlie.mcguin@nationaltrust.org.uk.  No booking required, free event!

Monthly Family Wildlife Watch Programme.  Sunday, 25 February 2018 at 10:30 – 12:30.   Lichens & Moss – Come and take part in a range of wildlife and heritage themed activities followed by hot chocolate and biscuits. Please wear outdoor clothing.  At Burrator Discovery Centre, no booking required.  Charge: £3.00 per child, £2.00 per adult.  Contact www.swlakestrust.org.uk.

Volunteer day at Stover Country Park.  Sunday 25th February, 10am – 4pm.  Why not join our growing army of Conservation Volunteers. Tasks are varied and all tools are provided. No special skills are needed – just bring along lunch and old clothes.  Free event, but there is a car parking charge of £1.50 for two hours or £3 for all day.  For more information call 01626 835 236 or email stover@devon.gov.uk.

Junior Rangers: Birdie Bonanza!  Saturday 24th February 11am-1pm.  Get close views of the beautiful birds of the Exe estuary on this walk to the bird hide.  For children 7-11 years.  Free to members, free to join.  Please book your place on 01626 863980. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We will be walking about 2km on soft sand. Please wear clothes suitable for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. Sorry, no dogs.

Exe Estuary at dusk in winter, copyright Mabel Cheung Harris