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Bees, Botany and Bellamy!
Monday 17th May, 2010

Bees, Botany and Bellamy!
Prof David Bellamy launches the Three Sisters wetland site in Ashton back in 2008.

PROFESSOR David Bellamy is heading to Wigan to mark the borough’s year of biodiversity.

The British botanist, veteran broadcaster and environmental campaigner will visit Borsdane Wood in Aspull on Sunday 23 May to launch the start of the International Year of Biodiversity Events Programme.

2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations. Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) has teamed up with Lancashire Wildlife Trust to organise a series of events for residents to discover local biodiversity, all beginning with the letter B.

This Sunday “Bees, Botany and Borsdane” will see Bellamy lead a walk into the woods to talk about the site’s important botany and wildlife.

The 77-year-old will also launch the new Borsdane Wood Management Plan, with the recently reformed Borsdane Friends Group who are now involved in the management and conservation of this important ancient woodland.

Professor Bellamy, who earlier this year described Wigan as the most biodiverse area in Greater Manchester, said: “Borsdane Wood is an amazing example of ancient woodland; natural history as it was 7,000 years ago when Britain was covered with native trees.
“This role model of a management plan will not only ensure its future but allow future generations to understand the importance of this solar powered wonderland.”

Biodiversity can be defined as the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, biome or for the entire Earth. Biodiversity is often used as a measure of the health of biological systems.

The event starts at 1pm at the Aspull entrance of Borsdane Wood – at the end of Mill Lane off the B5239 Bolton Road. Youngsters will be able to enjoy a “quiz trail”, a chance to learn how to make bird feeders and there will also be a traditional apple press during the day. Everyone is welcome.

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