TRUST'S FIGHT GOES PUBLIC

To mark Wildlife Week, which starts tomorrow, conservationist Professor David Bellamy will be touring Britain to highlight the Wildlife Trusts' local efforts to conserve the UK's threatened habitats and species. The Wildlife Trusts' president will make 14 stops, including London, Cardiff and Belfast, as well as visiting nature reserves around the country.

The Wildlife Trusts have laid on more than 300 events during Wildlife Week. For children there will be family days, organised by Wildlife Watch, the club for junior members of the Wildlife Trusts, which welcomes newcomers. There will be Rockwatch days for budding geologists, water-based activities to mark World Oceans Day on June 8, and minibeast hunts which will help children discover the earth beneath their feet - a myriad of "creepy crawlies" - essential links in the food chain. Woodland sculpture, face painting, pond dipping, rockpool safaris and educational games have also been lined up. The wonders of the nocturnal world will be experienced via a host of "bat spots" and "mothathons" led by Wildlife Trusts experts. Guests will see a variety of bats on the wing, and in some cases, leaders will use bat detectors to identify species by deciphering their ultrasonic calls. This year, Wildlife Watch is also running Water Volewatch - a nationwide survey of the declining water vole.

To book places on a Wildlife Week event in your area call your local Wildlife Trust, (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire: 01234 364213, 01223 846363, 01604 405285

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire: 01865 775476

Birmingham and Black Country: 0121-666 7474

Brecknock: 01874 625708

Bristol, Bath and Avon: 0117 926 8018

Cheshire: 01270 610180

Cleveland: 01642 480033

Cornwall: 01872 273939

Cumbria: 01539 448280

Derbyshire: 01332 756610

Devon: 01392 279244

Dorset: 01305 264620

Durham: 01388 488728

Essex: 01206 729678

Glamorgan: 01656 724100

Gloucestershire: 01452 383333

Guernsey: 01481 725093

Gwent: 01600 715501

Hampshire and IOW: 01703 613636

Herefordshire: 01432 356872

Herts and Middlesex: 01727 858901

Kent: 01622 662012

Lancashire: 01772 324129

Leicestershire and Rutland: 0116 2553904

Lincolnshire: 01507 526667

London: 0171-278 6612

Isle of Man: 01624 801985

Montgomeryshire: 01938 555654

Norfolk: 01603 625540

North Wales: 01248 351541

Northumberland: 0191-284 6884

Nottinghamshire: 0115 9588242

Radnorshire: 01597 823298

Scotland: 0131-312 7765

Sheffield: 0114 231 0120

Shropshire: 01743 241691

Somerset: 01823 451587

Staffordshire: 01889 508534

Somerset: 01823 451587

Staffordshire: 01889 508534

Suffolk: 01473 890089

Surrey: 01483 488055

Sussex: 01273 492630

Ulster: 01396 830282

Warwickshire: 01203 302912

West Wales: 01437 765462

Wiltshire: 01380 725670

Worcestershire: 01905 754919

Yorkshire: 01904 659570

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