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'Discovery Desk' unveiled at Northam Burrows Visitor Centre

Discovery Desk

The 'Discovery Desk' includes a powerful public use microscope and collections of samples, helping visitors to take a closer look at the unique local environment.

Northam Burrows Visitors Centre recently re-opened following a fire that took place earlier in the year. It has been fitted with new displays and exhibits about the natural features of the Burrows, as well as its history.

The 'Discovery Desk' was installed as part of the North Devon Coast AONB's Coastal Creatures Project, which aims to encourage people to take an active interest in the wildlife found on the North Devon Coastline. In addition to the 'Discovery Desk' Northam Burrows Country Park are hosting a series of Coastal Creature Project events and more are taking place at other locations within the AONB.

AONB Manager Jenny Carey-Wood said  "The Coastal Creatures project is all about engaging the public with our coastal wildlife, to better understand and enjoy the stunning landscape in our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including Northam Burrows" . And added "The Northam Burrows centre is in an ideal location for this equipment to reach local people and visitors thanks to funding from Torridge District Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund."

Lead Member for Community, Culture & Leisure at Torridge District Council, Councillor Philip Pennington, unveiled the new display and said "The 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain at the Burrows already provides excellent recreational facilities, and the 'Discovery Deck' provides yet another reason for residents and tourists to stop off at the Burrows Centre. Visitors now have the chance to take a look at the Burrows from a different perspective and see it as it has never been seen before."

For a complete list of Coastal Creatures Project events visit www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk

21 August 2017