NATURE lovers of all ages can get up close and personal with a host of creatures at a free wildlife event at Kinver Edge this weekend.

The National Trust venue is hosting a number of wildlife activities and guided walks all day from 9am to 11pm this Saturday (May 19).

In the morning there will be a bird-ringing with the nature reserve's feathered friends, then in the afternoon there is the chance to go pond-dipping with tadpoles in the Ranger’s Yard.

All day long, there will be a pop-up laboratory featuring creepy crawlies caught under microscopes, plus natural artefacts like snake skins, deer skulls and live moths to check out.

Throughout the day there will be free guided walks, from reptile rambles looking for snakes to bird song strolls.

While nighthawks can stay through the evening to listen to bats with special detector equipment and hunt for moths with mega moth-traps.

Helen Selkirk, visitor experience officer for Kinver Edge, said: "How often do you get to hold a blue-tit or see a wild snake?

"We know that our visitors already love the wildlife of Kinver Edge and now they have a chance to get that bit closer.

"Find out what is flying above your head at night and buzzing in the heather. It's also a great chance to meet the ranger here and ask about our conservation work."

There’s no need to book on to any of the walks, just turn up on the day at the Ranger’s Yard at the Comber Road venue.