Join Sustrans ecologist David Watson on a walk to discover the wildflowers which grow in the grassland, woodland and urban sections of National Cycle Network Route 1 between Ryhope and Seaton. Learn how to identify different species and about the different habitats in which they grow. By identifying and recording wildflowers on the route you’ll also be helping us to gather information to better manage the route for wildlife in the future. No previous knowledge required!
Meeting Point: Under the red and white bridge at the end of the traffic-free section of National Cycle Network route 1 in Ryhope. See link below for exact location:
What to bring/wear: Please wear/bring warm waterproof clothing as well as sunscreen and a hat if needed and wear a pair of sturdy shoes/boots with good grip. Also bring with you refreshments and any medication you may need (e.g. hay fever tablets). Hand lenses and wildflower identification guides would be useful but are not essential.
Other Information: The walk is around 3 km long and although the majority will take place on a tarmac surface to see some species you may need to leave the track and walk on to the verges. We encourage participants to arrive by bike, on foot or by public transport where possible and ask that those arriving by car park considerately. Please note that there are no public toilets on this route and the nearest facilities can be found at St Benedict’s Hospice café but you may need to make a purchase before you can use them.
This event is taking place as a part of Sustrans' Greener Greenways project