Saturday is 'Big Picnic' day at the Stonebridge Wild river Reserve in Stonebridge Meadow
It’s picnic time beside the River Kennet at the Stonebridge Wild River Reserve in Stonebridge meadow next Saturday (9 September) starting at 1pm.
The ‘Big Picnic’ will be a free community event organised by ARK (Action for the River Kennet) and run by young volunteers, and is one in a series of events and activities involving teenagers through ARK's Stonebridge 'Get Involved' project which is funded by the Local Youth Network (LYN).
Stonebridge Meadow (jointly owned by ARK and Marlborough Town Council), to the east of Marlborough and accessible from Stonebridge Lane has developed over the last seven years, with award winning river restoration, a new wetland, new hedging, conservation grazing and greater public access. The community have been involved from the start, with many locals becoming ARK volunteers, attending events or just enjoying this beautiful outdoor space that was declared a wildlife site in 2014.
The ‘Big Picnic’ is an opportunity for everyone, old, young and in between to bring a picnic and a blanket to the 15 acre water meadow. Free local apple juice will be on offer along with opportunities to take part in fun activities including bug hotel making and fly casting.
Local award winning natural history writer Peter Marren will be returning to Stonebridge to share his extensive knowledge of the natural world whilst leading a wildlife walk to explore the land and river. This will start from the marquee at 2pm.
Throughout the afternoon ARK’s popular River School, launched earlier this year will be running for all ages, wear your wellies for river dipping and seek out the creatures that are living in the Kennet and the wetland. Members of ARK will be on hand to help identify and talk about what people find.
The evening before the 'Big Picnic' ARK are holding one of the regular 'Moth Nights' on Friday 8 September and the moths caught will be on display the next day at The Big Picnic. County Moth Recorder Dave Brotheridge will be on hand to chat about the amazing world of moths. It's an area where moths thrive and since Stonebridge Stonebridge was jointly purchased six years ago in 2011 approximately 300 species of moth have been recorded.