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Flowers, Folklore and Fields of Kingcombe

Sat 24 Jun 2017

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Image: Steve Bond

Join our resident folklore guru, Nick Gray on a guided walk around our famed wildflower meadows.

Ever heard of ‘Bacon and Eggs’ or ‘Bellies and Bums’ or ‘Crow’s Toes’ or ‘Tom Thumb’?

What about ‘Poverty’, ‘Rattlebags’ or ‘Shacklebags’?

Join us for special guided walk at Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve amongst our famed wildflowers in the height of summer.  This will be light hearted amble where you can learn about the fantastic array of local folklore relating the flowers and plants that thrive in the species rich pastures and hay meadows that make Kingcombe so special.  Plus discover how our fields haven’t changed for centuries and how their names tell of their past.

About the Leader:

Nick Gray is Dorset Wildlife Trust’s conservation officer in West Dorset.  He lives and breathes wild flower meadow restoration and never misses an opportunity to mention Yellow Rattle.  Having started his conservation career on Flat Holm Island in the Bristol Channel, he has worked on grassland projects, bird surveys and land management advice for over 20 years including spells on Purbeck, the Pennines, the Mendip Hills and in Western Ireland.  He has a Masters degree in Rural Resource Management and a keen interest in plant folklore.


£8 pp  -  includes guided activities and refreshments.


Meet at 2pm for the walk, finishing approx. 4 - 4.30pm.

What to bring: 

As you will be outside please bring suitable clothing, wet weather jackets (just in case!) and good walking shoes.

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Comments from previous events:

Great event leader. Nick Gray is warm, inclusive, mega-knowledgable and inspiring. Creates evocative images of bygone times in the stunning wildflower meadows - Jenny.

Informative talk on the plants with lots of other bits thrown in, good leading of the group in an easy informal way, enjoyment of the natural world shone through the afternoon - Sarah.

Nick Gray

Nick Gray

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