For many years a number of dedicated Filey volunteers have worked to provide interpretation and information about our beautiful local environment. Despite all the hard work already done, there is still a long way to go in bringing to light the hidden wonders of the area’s natural environment and heritage.
The Filey Bay Initiative, Filey Brigg Ornithological Group, Filey Museum, Filey Sailing Club and Filey Brigg Research Group have worked together over the past year to improve this situation. Our aim is to provide a small field studies and education centre on the Filey Country Park. Working closely with the Environmental regeneration charity Groundwork and with representatives from Filey Town Council and Scarborough Borough Council, we have developed a feasibility study for the project. The Community Development Trust Filey4wards have assisted with administration, volunteers and insurance.
Thanks to European LEADER programme funding we have now obtained equipment including a large tented classroom space, to develop the scheme, which has been named the ‘Discover Filey’ project . Our funding has also allowed the creation of a website, www.discoverfiley.org.uk.
The Discover Filey website will showcase the natural environment and heritage of the area, acting as a central resource for information vital to successful and safe family and school visits.
Volunteers in our groups have lifetimes of information in the wildlife and heritage of our area. We want to communicate this knowledge to the young people of this and future generations in a way that educates, informs and entertains. We want people to know about the hidden world beneath the waves, about our local fishermen, who were Victorian pioneers in marine conservation, about exotic birdlife and rural fascinations, about opportunities for natural recreation and fun.
The launch of the Discover Filey Project will be on Friday 27th January between 11am and 2pm at the Evron Centre Concert Hall. There will be a light lunch and refreshments and we hope to provide entertainment and displays about the project. All members of the public are welcome.
For those that can’t drop in, please look at our website, where details of events and activities in 2012 will appear.
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