Youngsters get close to nature on woodland wander

Children and adults get close to wildlife with a guided tour and explore of a hidden Plymouth nature reserve.

Devon Wildlife Trust revealed the secrets of Efford Marsh Nature Reserve to a small group as part of a free Wild About Plymouth (WAP) event.

Children and adults were treated to a walk and talk of the former marsh land estate of Efford, situated beside the A38, with historic facts and interesting details about the area's history and rich natural habitat explained by members of the trust.

<p>Looking towards Marsh Mills from 

Efford Marsh Local Nature Reserve

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Looking towards Marsh Mills from Efford Marsh
<p>Summer in bloom at&nbsp;Efford Marsh Local Nature Reserve</p>
Summer in bloom at Efford
<p>A ancient wall of Efford Fort,&nbsp;constructed in the 19th century to help&nbsp;defend from the risk of French invasion.</p>
Part of Efford Fort, constructed in the 19th century

The gentle walk through ancient woodland paths unearthed an array of beautiful butterflies, colourful bugs, secretive animals, birds of prey and even a fox.

After working up an appetite from pond dipping for frogs the group were treated to a demonstration of wild baking, with sourdough pizzas stuffed with chocolate and cheese cooked on an open fire pit.

Excited children helped to prepare the outdoor feast, and even got to heat marsh mellows on a stick over the open fire.

<p>A drowsy bees hitches a ride</p>
A drowsy bees hitches a ride
<p>Other bees were busy doing what they do best</p>
Other bees were busy doing what they do best
<p>Frogs were easy to spot, and a favourite find for the children</p>
Frogs were a favourite find for the children
<p>Children helped out at the wild baking event, with sourdough pizzas stuffed with chocolate and cheese going down well with all after good walk and explore.</p>
Children helped out at the wild baking event
<p>Devon Wildlife Trust cooked up a mini feast for hungry explorers</p>
Devon Wildlife Trust cooked up a mini feast
<p>The pizzas were finished off on an open fire pit for all to see. Delicious!</p>
The pizzas were finished off on an open fire pit

Join the Wild About Plymouth team at Wembury!

Find out more about one of our local marine habitats, see a range of specimens from our natural history collections and try a rockpool craft activity.

Then, if you wish, you can join in with one of Wembury Marine Centre’s ‘Rockpool Safaris’ – please see their website for details and to book your place.

£3 donation welcomed for this event - there is no need to book.

Find out more about the Wonderful Wembury event.