MORE than 200 children and their parents enjoyed a nature-inspired event at Mareham Pastures at the weekend.
The Nature Activity Event was hosted by the Friends of Mareham Pastures and included a visit from Rosewood Falconry's birds of prey which proved one of the highlights of the day.
Rosewood's Darren Webster gave children an opportunity to experience different birds of prey up close and many children got to stroke or even hold an owl on their arm.
Children also got the chance to take part in badge making; everlasting flowers; clay modelling; wooden penholders; mask collage; leaf printing and a children's tombola.
Refreshments were provided by Sleaford's Army Cadet Force who set up a cake stall and tuck shop.
Secretary of the Friends, Zoë Watson, said: "All the activities were free of charge. The Friends were able to host this event by fundraising and with help from The Sleaford Town Fund and Lincolnshire County Council.
"However, all the activities were organised and run by volunteers. Jim Lomax, Jamie Bevis and Sleaford Army Cadets came along especially to help the Friends make this another successful event for local children.
"If it wasn't for the hard work put in by volunteers the event would not have been possible.
"We believe the future of Mareham Pastures and other such projects relies on developing awareness and encouraging our younger generations to appreciate the importance of such places.
"This type of event is one way in which we can encourage local children and their parents to enjoy and become more involved with their local Nature Reserve."
The Friends of Mareham Pastures are a group of local volunteers who maintain and manage the former landfill site under the guidance of Lincolnshire County Council.
Anyone interested in having a go at conservation work is more than welcome to attend one of the events taking place at Mareham Pastures over the next few months.
The Conservation Volunteer Programme at Mareham Pastures will resume on Sunday, October 14 and continues on the second Sunday of each month until March 2013.