As I type the DVDs are being produced and packaged, the activities are being prepared and our fantastic, talented young people are rehearsing their presentations for next week’s Grand Premiere of ‘Green Rivers Wildlife Diaries’.
The young people from Blakenall and Goscote in Walsall have worked with Julia Morris from The Wildlife Trust and myself over the last year, to devise the project, produce a workplan, submit a funding bid and then research, plan and film their own short documentary! The result is a really lovely film which illustrates just how passionate and knowledgeable the group are about the wildlife on their doorstep.
But this film is more than just a record of urban wildlife. The group from Green Rivers Community Association used the BBC’s ‘Springwatch’ as their starting point. Through the film they hope to show local residents the wealth of wildlife in Walsall, and to educate them about how to look after these animals and create habitats for them to thrive. It contains practical advice on everything from creating a bee and butterfly friendly garden, to how to build an insect home, how to spot a water vole and how to tell the difference between a frog and a toad!
The group would love for local residents to attend the Premiere on Thursday 17th December at Green Rock Primary School. The screening will begin at 7pm sharp. If you live locally and want to attend then please contact Julia on 01922 711 228.