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Beacons: Local and Global Ecosystems Nature Walk

Beacons: Local and Global Ecosystems Nature Walk

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Come and join naturalist and Folkestone Warren specialist Melanie Wrigley for a walk to explore and learn more about the natural heritage around Folkestone and mark the beginning of the Beacons Quest. We will stop as we go to hear about the chalk landscape, the geology of the site, the chalk-building period on Earth when there was runaway global warming; the formation of the Channel; the plants and their uses, the wildlife and its marine life.

Melanie Wrigley is a Natural Landscapes Partnership Officer at the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership whose passion and knowledge for the Folkestone Warren is impressive and vital to building a better understanding of and protecting the local eco-system.

Meet at Jock’s Pitch above the Folkestone Warren, next to the Bowls Club, Wear Bay Road, opposite the end of Foreland Avenue.

Please bring and wear clothing appropriate for the weather forecast (waterproofs jacket and trousers, hats, gloves, stout waterproof footwear with good grip). The walk will go ahead if raining so please come prepared. Please bring a backpack with drink and a packed lunch.

The walk will last between 2 to 2.5 hours. We will be stopping to look at the landscape, plants and animals as we go. It will be down and up hills and we will mainly walk on the road and concrete promenade. Please be prepared for some walking through the natural vegetation and over chalky paths. It will be at a gentle pace not fast walking. Walking poles are welcome.

In the event of extreme weather we will move into Creative Folkestone Quarterhouse for an illustrated talk.

Duration : 2.5 hours

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Photo credit : Melanie Wrigley, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, 2018


The Warren
East Cliff,
Wear Bay Rd,
CT19 6NQ

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