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Go Wild At MK1 Shopping and Leisure Park

Date Posted:06/08/2015

Visitors to MK1 Shopping and Leisure Park in Milton Keynes will have a chance to get up close to local British wildlife when the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) visit the retail park with their free Wild Roadshow. The Trust will be visiting with their interactive natural treasures exhibition from 6 to 9 August 2015.
Children can see and touch wild animal skulls, owl pellets and various types of bird nests and learn more about British wildlife as they are tested on the spot with a fun quiz. The Wildlife Trust will also be providing information about spotting the various butterflies, birds and mammals that are native to the area. The Trust representatives will be at the park from 10am until 4pm each day.
As part of the wild roadshow children and their parents will have the opportunity to take part in a wildlife workshop learning craft skills to help them make bird feeders and animal puppets.  
The roadshow provides an opportunity for shoppers to look out for the bug hotel, bat wall and insect log pile features at MK1, alongside a wild flower area which encourages a bee friendly habitat. These were all created and installed by park owner The Crown Estate this year.
Jo Francis, Head of Retail Property Management – Regional Portfolio said:
“We are rolling out a number of environmental and sustainability initiatives across our retail parks which provide natural habitats for local wildlife. We are delighted to invite The Wildlife Trust to the park to talk to visitors about how to get closer to nature including at more unexpected places like MK1, where we have a bug hotel, bird boxes and a wild flower patch.”
“It’s really important that as we look to meet the infrastructure and housing needs of the 21st century, we don’t forget about the importance of nature to the ecosystem and wellbeing in everyday life. At MK1 we’ve been looking to create a more sustainable environment by introducing these new features to bring a bit of nature into the urban setting for the benefit of our visitors and the broader local community. In the same vein, we’re delighted to be welcoming the Wildlife Trust, who will provide a great opportunity for children and their parents to get closer to nature during their day out at MK1.”
BBOWT cares for more than 80 nature reserves, which provide protection for some of our rarest species of animals and plants. These reserves give people the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the rich variety of habitats, which were once widespread in our counties.
BBOWT is one of 47 local trusts, which form The Wildlife Trusts network, dedicated to the achievement of a United Kingdom richer in wildlife. The Wildlife Trusts collectively care for more than 2,400 nature reserves and between them have more than 800,000 members.
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