Public invited to Ballachurry wetlands day

Duncan Bridges and Janet Thompson

Duncan Bridges and Janet Thompson

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This Sunday (August 31) Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) is offeringthe chance to get up close and personal with a snail in an open afternoon at Ballachurry wetlands.

The wetlands are on land owned by Stan and Pam Clucas and seven years ago they assigned an area where MWT could develop the wetlands.

Trees were planted and a pond made and since then the animal and insect life has been growing around the developing vegetation.

‘Come and see the place which Stan and Pam made available,’ said Duncan Bridges, MWT director. ‘There has been the creation of a woodland pond and we will be building a small dam. There will be a bug hunt also snails and invertebrates, creepie crawlies and all sorts. We will explain where they fit in.

‘There will be guided walks around the rivers. It’s an opportunity to see the place and learn about how it was set up.’

MWT is also seeking volunteers to help maintain the area, and they could join a re-formed MWT Southern Group.

Anyone interested in helping on the day should bring their own Wellington boots and strong gloves.

For more information about this event, or to find out more about the MWT Southern Group, contact the secretary, Janet Thompson, phone 835524 or by email,

The event is from noon until 4pm. Ballachurry wetlands is between Ballakillowey roundabout and Rushen Parish Church. There is ample roadside parking.

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