Howe about that!

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The ribbon will be cut and Howe Park Wood Education and Visitor Centre declared open this Sunday morning.

The facility – the first of its kind in Milton Keynes – will be owned and run by The Parks Trust, and television vet and wildlife presenter Steve Leonard will officially open the centre.

Steve currently fronts Operation Wild for BBC1, and was also co-presenter of one of our favourite ever shows, Orangutan Diary.

He will cut the ribbon on the exciting new venue at 11am, before giving a short talk.

The centre boasts a classroom and meeting room, outside decked area and new pond dipping platforms.

Bird and bat boxes will be installed in woodland and interpretation panels will share details of wildlife in the area.

A feature wall includes habitat boxes that will eventually form insect homes.

Moving forward, the hub will become a base for curriculum supported activities, community events, adult education and much more.

Sunday’s opening will be an early chance to take a look around, and to learn lots more about the Trust and its educational work.

Natural craft workshops, children’s activities and Ranger led walks will also feature.

The event will run between 11am and 2pm.

> The North Bucks RSPB will meet at The Cruck Barn at Bradwell Abbey this evening, welcoming guest speaker Nick Bowles.

He recently called time on teaching and now devotes most of his spare time to the Butterfly Conservation organisation.

“I hope to describe good places to see our most colourful and exciting butterfly species and to explain both why they are scarce and why certain reserves suit them better than others,” he says.

“You should leave my talk with a list of places to visit and a deep passion about these beautiful creatures and their fragile hold on life.

“I shall inspire you to agree that they need all the help we can give them,” he promised.

Doors at 7.15pm ready to start for 7.45pm.

> MK Natural History Centre meet for their usual weekly session on Tuesday evening, at the Cruck Barn.

This week’s topic?

President Roy Maycock will be thanking members who have given him ideas of their favourite plants, and those who haven’t can share some of his own choices!

Arrive at 7.30pm ready for an 8pm start.