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PUBLISHED: 18:03 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:37 14 July 2010

There are two chances soon to learn about Wymondham's wildlife in the field.

One is a moth discovery event at Tolls Meadow on the evening of Saturday, August 9; the other is an afternoon walk on Tolls Meadow and the Lizard on Sunday, August 10 August to look at the plants and insects of summer.

There are two chances soon to learn about Wymondham's wildlife in the field.

One is a moth discovery event at Tolls Meadow on the evening of Saturday, August 9; the other is an afternoon walk on Tolls Meadow and the Lizard on Sunday, August 10 August to look at the plants and insects of summer.

Tolls Meadow is a fen, or wet, meadow owned by Wymondham Town Council and managed to benefit wildlife by a warden with help from local volunteers.

It is home to the endangered water vole and has more than 100 species of flowering plants. The Lizard is managed by a charitable trust on behalf of the town. The Lizard walk takes in water meadows and the old railway embankment, and the River Tiffey links both areas.

Frank Botterill will lead the moth-watching evening using strong lights to attract night-flying varieties so that they can be identified and enjoyed.

Meet at the Cemetery Lane entrance to Tolls Meadow at 9pm. Parking is available free in the nearby car park. Finish time is flexible, depending on the weather, and the cost is £1-50.

Frances and Barrie Sullivan, of Wymondham Nature Group, will lead the walk on Tolls Meadow and the Lizard looking at butterflies, dragon-flies, wildflowers and other wildlife.

Meet at 2pm in the car park in Cemetery Lane (free parking) for a two to three-hour walk; cost is £1-50.

More information is available from Ann Roberts 01953 604311.

Both are fundraising events for Norfolk Wildlife Trust, of which the nature group is the local group.

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