Thursday, 20 December 2012

Experience wondrous Yorkshire wildlife and walk off your Christmas excesses

The people of Yorkshire are being urged to take advantage of the amazing wildlife on offer at Yorkshire Water reservoirs and nature reserves over the Christmas period.
Geoff Lomas, Land and Programme Manager at Yorkshire Water says: “We have a tendency to over-indulge over the Christmas period, so what better way to work some of that off than to have a saunter around your local reservoir or nature reserve?
“There’s a wide variety of things to see at our sites, from birds of prey at Swinsty Reservoir to otters at Tophill Low near Driffield.
“Someone even spotted a boa constrictor at Swinsty back in June, but we’re pretty sure it won’t have survived the harsh weather we’ve had since.”
Other amazing Yorkshire wildlife likely to be on show at Damflask reservoir in Sheffield, Langsett between Sheffield and Barnsley, Swinsty near Harrogate and Tophill Low include:
·         Mountain hare at Langsett which, unusually, still changes the colour of its fur, going lighter in winter
·         Golden eye, a bird which spends its winters in the UK before heading north to Scandanavia in the summer, could be seen at any reservoir as they like the open water
·         Roe deer, reed bunting, marsh harrier, sparrow hawk and song thrushes could be spotted at Tophill Low
·         Red kites are regularly sighted at Swinsty in the Washburn Valley

A recent survey showed that 99% of visitors to Yorkshire Water sites were fairly or very satisfied with them and 100% of people were satisfied with the beauty of the landscape.
Would-be walkers can take advantage of Yorkshire Water’s free reservoir walks which are downloadable from the website here and contain information about routes for jogging or those suitable for wheelchairs and prams too.
There’s even a selection of children’s activities, including quizzes, sheets to colour in and lists of things to spot.
Over the next five years the company is investing £600 million into improving and enhancing  reservoirs across the region.

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