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Spring Country Side Fair 2011 – Cannon Hill News

40 Years of Spring Festivals in Cannon Hill Park 1971- 2011

Many local families still remember the Tulips and the Dutch Windmill created for the 1970s Festival, and the creation of Birmingham Nature Centre shortly after the Midlands Arts Centre opened in Cannon Hill Park. * You’ll find the Spring Fair this year by the Nature Centre and new Natural Adventure Play area, and with lots of activities going on in the City Park and Country Side areas along the River Rea down to Stirchley. Plus ‘Reel Archive’ film showings of us then – back in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

*Storytelling Tent              * Arts and Nature Discovery zone


Record your own live weather forecast, take part in exciting weather experiments, observe a professional weather station, and make a small storm tornado.

The OPAL Weather Roadshow is your chance to explore the exciting science of climate and weather. There are lots of activities and demonstrations to suit all ages and you’ll also be able to talk with professional meteorologists and OPAL scientists.

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Artsfest and British Science festival adventures

Tony has been busy creating the OPAL Nature of Birmingham Science by Light project. This is an arts-science partnership sponsored by the Natural History Museum’s Centre for Biodiversity and the Birmingham Botanical Buds social enterprise for British Science Festival. The project’s Kaleidoscopia software is available online as well as the Gallery of local biodiversity images created by communities participating. See the podcasts of the events on our new podcasts pages.
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New Wildlife blog and free nature resources for download

We have added a new blog to wildlife pages and draw your attention to the Woodland Trust’s wildlife initiatives for exploring nature and photography:

Use their nature exploration packs for natural play around Cannon Hill and River Rea Linear Parks: Over a thousand free activity sheets to use in woods and at home. Guaranteed fun for young people and families throughout the year. Or why not take out the camera and join in with their volunteer photography scheme? With dappled sunlight and fresh morning dew, Cannon Hill and River Rea Linear Parks have great places to take pictures. Add your thoughts and photos and help us inspire everyone about woodland, wild life, wildflower plants, gardens, rivers and pools.

Lastly, there are a suite of new identification guides for download for the National OPAL website. These are very useful guides to a range of wildlife. Oh and don’t forget iSpot!
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