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Cliffe Pools Safari Funday

Press Release - Cliffe Pools Safari Funday

2 August 2006


The second annual Cliffe Pools Safari Funday will be held on Wednesday 2nd August 2006 from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Cliffe Pools RSPB nature reserve on the Hoo Peninsula.

The event which is organised by the Thames Estuary Partnership, Medway Council, Friends of the North Kent Marshes and the RSPB provides children and adults with an opportunity to explore Cliffe Pools and learn more about the wildlife in the area.

There will be a range of events for children, aged 5-12 in this free, action-packed Safari Funday, which promises to be full of fun, including:

• Safari Marquee with activities at the side of the Thames
• Fantastic views over the North Kent Marshes
• Renewable energy fun
• Mini beast hunt
• Viewpoints overlooking the Thames and the Pools
• Face painting
• Refreshments
• and much, much more…

Families are welcome to call in at any time during the day, the event will be signposted off the B2000, with access via Salt Lane. A free minibus service will be provided from High Halstow and Cliffe Woods for more information on bus timetables please contact the North Kent Marshes team on 01634 222480.

The Thames has been ‘brought back to life’ following years of pollution from industry and sewage. Since the 1960’s it has steadily become cleaner and cleaner. Today there are 120 types of fish found in the Thames and over 170,000 birds living along its shores. The brown colour of the river is completely natural due to mud being stirred up as the tide comes in and out twice a day.

Note to editors:

Cliffe Pools are a mix of saline lagoons, freshwater pools, grassland, saltmarsh and scrub. These habitats have developed on old clay diggings and river dredgings.
The reserve already attracts thousands of birds. It is renowned as a site for wading birds, with massed flocks moving from the Thames Estuary onto the pools on winter high tides, a wide range of passage birds in autumn and spring, and breeding avocets, redshanks, lapwings and ringed plovers.
Cliffe Pools are also home to a range of other wildlife including water voles and harvest mice plus notable insects, such as the scarce emerald damselfly, shrill carder bee and green hairstreak butterfly. Plant species include nationally notable species, such as sea barley and annual beard grass.

The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) provides a neutral forum for local authorities, national agencies, industry, voluntary bodies and local communities to work together for the good of the Thames Estuary. The Thames Estuary Partnership organises events along the estuary to help adults and children alike to learn about and appreciate the river Thames. (Fionnghuala Ryan 020 7679 5512, email - tep@thamesweb.com, website - www.thamesweb.com)