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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Conservation for Bay area

Conservation workers will be cutting back trees in a bid to help increase butterfly numbers around Morecambe Bay.

The scheme will focus on the Bay’s limestone areas and aims to increase the number of the rare pearl-bordered butterflies, one of the UK’s most endangered species.

Bonfire night hog appeal

Bonfire-builders are being warned to keep a look-out for hedgehogs in the run-up to November 5.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust advises that bonfires should be built as close to the date as possible.

A last-minute check for the animals before lighting is also good practice.

Healthy walk at Brockholes

Brockholes is holding a short guided walk of the reserve on Wednesday.

It will be led by a reserve guide starting from the Welcome Centre in the Visitor Village at 1.30pm.

The walk will last 90 minutes and includes a talk on the site’s conservation aims.

Make collage for Big Draw

Youngsters are urged to take part in half term drawing and colouring to make a river collage for the pavilion at Avenham Park, in Preston, as part of the nationwide Big Draw event.

It will take place on Thursday, October 25 from 1pm to 3pm at the Avenham Park pavilion. There is no charge.

Call 01772 906471.

Fresh market produce event

People can buy fresh quality local produce at the Ashton-on-Ribble Farmer’s Market which will be held on Saturday October 20.

It will be held at St Michaels Church, on Tulketh Road, Ashton, Preston, from 9am to 1pm.

For more details about the event, call Dave Bullock on 01772 906045.

Give a pint to help save lives

Blood donor sessions will be held at Our Lady and St Edwards Church on Marlborough Drive, Fulwood, Preston, on Thursday October 18.

Session times will be from 2pm to 4pm and from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Call 0300 123 23 23.

Half term fun for families

A host of events will take place at the WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre for the October half term.

The fun starts from October 20 until to November 4.

Activities include pumpkin carving and a canoe safari.

There is also an adventure play area.

WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm and parking is free of charge.

Visit for details.

Date set for guided ramble

The next in a series of guided rambles will be held on Wednesday morning.

The regular ramble is free and run by a group of volunteers.

Participants should meet at Worden Park, Worden Lane, Leyland for a 10am set off.

For any further information call the organisers on 07808 299720.

Get ready for high tide walk

South Ribble Council will host a five mile walk to Longton Marsh on Wednesday to see the high tide coming in.

Walkers are advised to wear suitable footwear as paths may be muddy.

There is no need to book and the walk is priced at £1 per person.

Call 01772 611497.

Have a say at latest PACT

the next meeting of the Fishwick area Police and Community Together (PACT) committee takes place on November 9.

The meeting will be held at the YMCA building, in Samuel Street, Preston.

It is due to get underway at 6pm.

Any residents in the area can attend to air their views about issues of local crime and community safety.

Families to talk on vital services

Families are being urged to have their say in local cuts.

Community input on which services most need support are being sought by Lancaster Council and Lancashire County Council as well as various health organisations and Lancashire Fire and Rescue.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the survey can email or complete the family questionnaire on the Lancaster City Council website.

The deadline for contributions to the consultation is today.

Frackman hits halfway point

A MAN who changed his name by deed poll to ‘Frackman’ has reached the halfway mark in a walk from Lancashire to London.

Gayzer Frackman, 51, part of Frack Free Fylde, is fighting for a moratorium on controversial shale gas drilling.

He set off from Blackpool on October 5 and wants to present an anti-fracking petition to Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street.

Vote deadline is approaching

Time is running out to register for a postal vote in the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner election.

The election takes place on November 15.

The deadline is October 31 and this includes residents who want to vote by post, to cancel a postal vote and attend a polling station, or to vote by proxy.

College safety railing plans

Cardinal Newman College in Preston has applied to Preston Council to put up new safety railings.

The Lark Hill Road college plans to erect railings at the roof level of its St Mary’s and St Cecilia buildings and a St Mary’s roof access hatch.

Blood sucking mystery at hall

A ‘fangtastic’ murder mystery event is coming to Samlesbury Hall this Friday.

The historic venue in Preston New Road, Samlesbury, near Preston, will be the setting for a vampire ball.

Call 01254 812010 to find out more.