Huttoft School pupils visit Anderby Creek for Cloud Appreciation Society, astronomy and wildlife event

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STAR-GAZERS and wildlife experts led a celebration of Lincolnshire’s wide open skies and its natural habitats at the Coastal Country Park.

Huttoft Primary School pupils and local councillors attended the event on Thursday, hosted by founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, Gavin Pretor-Pinney.

Visitors enjoyed informative demonstrations on how to discover the hidden character of clouds, while astronomer Paul Mooney explained how to view the sun safely and set up telescopes to see the highlights of the night sky. The event was arranged by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and two of its experts helped enthusiasts to get close-up views of animals in the new round and bird hide.

The trust recently received £38,700 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help communities learn about, protect and celebrate the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park and the Coastal Grazing Marshes.

It will enable the trust to carry out a full programme of events such as this one at the park, which encompasses 8 miles of coastal land between Chapel St Leonards and Sandilands. Other events planned for the summer include rambles, storytelling and beachcombing