FAMILIES got up close with nature during a ‘Festival of Wildlife’ at Bridgwater College’s Walled Gardens of Cannington over the weekend.

Somerset Wildlife Trust hosted the two-day festival and the college offered free entry to the gardens to celebrate the Trust’s 50th Anniversary.

Festival of Wildlife organiser Amanda Brazington from Somerset Wildlife Trust said: “The festival is a great way to enjoy the bank holiday weekend as a family and our thanks go to Bridgwater College for opening up the gardens for this special event to celebrate 50 years of nature conservation in Somerset.”

Visitors enjoyed the ‘bee tent’, where they put their questions to bee experts from Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC). Children took part in bug hunts around the walled gardens, bee bingo and bee mask making.

In the ‘barn owl tent’ visitors meet Beau the Barn Owl and found out more about the growing family of barn owls in the Trust’s webcam nest box from Chris Sperring, MBE, Conservation Officer Hawk and Owl Trust and Vice President of the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

The ‘seaside tent’ hosted a marine road show where people could bring along their marine finds for identification by the Trust’s Living Seas ambassador Nigel Phillips.

Other family activities included willow weaving, flower garland making, face painting, nature trails and challenges.