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Heath Week 2024

Heath Week

Join us to celebrate heathland in general and Cannock Chase in particular.  Find out about the different aspects of heathland and why it needs us all to protect it.

27th July to 4th August 2024.

A week of activities that aim to engage and celebrate this amazing landscape we have on the Chase.

The programme so far↓ please visit our Facebook page for more updates and information  SAC Facebook page

Sunday 28th July Bhs Logo Small Join the British Horse Society for a ride on Cannock Chase with an expert guide.
Booking details to follow soon
Tuesday 30th July IHL Family Fun at the Museum of Cannock Chase

A fun-filled morning at the Museum of Cannock Chase , explore heath on Hednesford Hills and get creative with a craft session inspired by the natural materials found during the walk.

This event is free to attend but places must be booked in advance as numbers are limited.

Suitable for children over 5 years old, walk not suitable for pushchairs.

Booking Link
Wednesday 31st July Tanglewood 200 Footer Get Arty with Tanglewood Days at Marquis Drive Visitor Centre

Nature Arts & Crafts focussing on heathland wildlife

Perfect for Ages 4 – 11 all children must be accompanied by an adult.

10:30 – 12 – £5 per child, Sorry no dogs.

To book email Carol@tanglewooddays.com or text 07752 655137
Thursday 1st August Staffordshire County Council Cannock Chase Explorer Walk

Join Al from Cannock Chase Visitor Centre for this guided walk across Brindley Heath find out about the plants and wildlife that make heathland special.

£5 per person

To book email –  cannockchasemarquisdrive@staffordshire.gov.uk
Friday 2nd August IHL Family Fun at the Museum of Cannock Chase

A fun-filled morning at the Museum of Cannock Chase , explore heath on Hednesford Hills and get creative with a craft session inspired by the natural materials found during the walk.

This event is free to attend but places must be booked in advance as numbers are limited.

Suitable for children over 5 years old, walk not suitable for pushchairs.  Sorry no dogs.

Booking Link
Friday 2nd August The Changing Chase at the Museum Cannock Chase

 

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The Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG) & UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UK CEH) would like to hear about your memories of how the landscape and wildlife of Cannock Chase has changed during your lifetime.

Help to map the history of our living landscape and share your ideas for what a nature-friendly future could look like.

Drop in any time 10am – 4pm.

Light refreshments for those participating.

To find out more please contact Angela Julian (angela.julian@arguk.org).
Sunday 4th August Cannock Chase SACP Logo Join local expert Phil Playford for an insect walk on Brindley Heath to explore the wonderful world of insects.  This event is not specifically for children but would be suitable for accompanied children over 7 years old.

This event is free to attend but places must be booked in advance as numbers are limited.

Sorry no dogs.

Booking link

 

Cannock Chase is a an internationally important habitat designated for its large areas of heathland, the largest in the Midlands.

Why heathland is special ….

Also of interest

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Nightjars fly all the way from Africa every nesting season to nest on the ground. Please keep your dog on a lead March till August to avoid disturbance.

Ground Nesting Bird Season

Banner Adders

Adders live in the heathland, with young adders around in July and August. Please keep your dog close and on a lead.

Adders on Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase Berry (Banner And Booklet)

The Cannock Chase Berry is a rare natural hybrid between Bilberry and Cowberry.

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Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation highlighted in pink.

What is Cannock Chase SAC

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The reason the heathland is here at all is down to the soil. Heathland soils are typically acidic, free draining and low nutrient.

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