A SUMMER fete is being held at a nature reserve this weekend.

Blue House Farm, in North Fambridge, is staging the event on Saturday from 1pm to 10pm.

The Essex Wildlife Trust is hosting the fete to celebrate the best of British summer time and raise awareness and funds for the charity.

The reserve is home to species such as the marsh harrier and the emperor dragonfly.

A spokesman said: “The day will be a country fete theme with a focus on showcasing rural crafts, traditions, local produce and wildlife.

“There will be live demonstrations such as heavy horses and chainsaw carving, live music from British folk and Americana bands, tractor trailer rides, guided walks and fun and games for all ages.

“Blue House Farm is a fantastic place to watch the change of the seasons and see which wildlife it brings with it.

“A summer wander will treat you with up close views of dragonflies including the scarce emperor dragonfly patrolling the ditches and butterflies flitting through the grass and along the hedgerows.

“Then as autumn arrives, many birds on migration will again pass through this reserve, including birds such as northern wheatear.”

From 6pm onwards, there will be live music from bands the Bayhorse Boys, Favourite Child and the Simon Aldridge Experience.

There are also open mic slots available for those who book in advance.

Entry is a £2 donation per person and under-fives go free.

There is on-site car parking for a £5 donation.

For more information, email harrys@essexwt.org.uk.