National Meadows day at the Coombes Valley Hay Day – 2nd July


Join us on Saturday 2 July at RSPB Coombes Valley to celebrate hay meadows and how they are benefitting the wildlife of the Churnet Valley. With activities ranging from family crafts to guided walks, there will be something for everyone to join in and have fun.

Help us to make our newly acquired Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) land an amazing place for nature by collecting wildflower seeds as you discover more about plants on guided walks starting at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.

Relax by the Yurt with an ice cream whilst enjoying live music from The Idioms, a local folk band who have kindly volunteered their time to play at this event. They will play 30-minute sessions at 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm.

Scything demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day as an example of traditional hay meadow management.

Join us in the craft barn making bug bungalows, butterfly feeders, bird feeders, seed bombs and more before popping over to the pond for a spot of pond dipping. Get up close to some moths and learn about bats. Then let your senses take over on the sensory trail.

Use a sweep net to discover the bugs that live amongst the grasses and flowers in one our beautiful meadows. These sessions run at 1.45 pm, 2.45 pm and 3.45 pm.

There will even be wood fired pizzas available on the day!

Not forgetting our beautiful woodlands, perfect for a peaceful walk, spotting wildlife or enjoying the play trail.

Rebecca Blackman, RSPB Coombes Valley, said:

‘This event is taking place thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) helping us to acquire new land in the Churnet Valley called Bellpit meadows. Although we won’t be visiting Bellpit on the day we hope that that Hay Day will celebrate the importance of this land and other hay meadows to the Churnet Valley.”

12 noon – 4pm, £5 per adult, £2.50 per child and 20% off for members (parking included in price).