Nightingale song launches Waterton anniversary commemorations

PR 4949
12 May 2015

A series of events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Wakefield’s word famous naturalist are taking placing this year, starting this month (May).

Charles Waterton travelled around the world collecting specimens of wild creatures, many of which can be found in Wakefield Museum.

He also created what is believed to be the world’s first nature reserve at his home and private estate at Walton Hall near Wakefield.

The pioneering conservationst’s life and legacy is being celebrated this year, with the launch of a Nightingale chorus, from May 27 and during June, where people will able to hear recordings of the songbirds, at Wakefield Museum, Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield Visitor Centre, Eye Wood, Sun Lane Leisure Centre, Trinity, Wakefield Market, Wakefield Library & Museum, Sandal Castle Visitor Centre.

The recordings are to highlight the last entry in Charles Waterton's, notebook before his death, which read: “May 2nd 1865. On this night at 11 o’clock two nightingales were singing melodiously in the Park at Walton Hall.”

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture Sport and Leisure, said: “Charles Waterton was an inspirational person and I’d encourage people to get involved in the events in this anniversary year,”
Other events taking place from May 17 include an exhibition at Wakefield Museum, artist commissions, workshops and walks are taking place at other venues including Waterton Countryside Discovery and Anglers Country Park.

For dates and details visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/nightingale