IELTS® Listening Practice 126

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(Section 2: You will hear a tour guide talking to a group of visitors at the Natural Observers Club. First, you will have some time to look at questions 11 to 16 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 16.)

Hello, I'd like to welcome you to our Natural Observers Club. I'm so glad to hear that you're interested in the natural ecosystem, animals, and plants of the local area.

I think you'll be surprised at the variety that we have here, even though we're not far from London. I'll start by explaining a few things about some of the parks and outdoor areas nearby.

One very pleasant place is Wagner Field. This land has been open to the public for centuries, and, interestingly enough, it also provides the source for the Terre River, which flows out to the ocean roughly seventy kilometers away. There's a bulletin board about the types of plants and wildlife you can find here, and on that note, Wagner Field can be accessed anytime of the day.

Then there's Champ Island, which is home to a great range of trees. Basket-making was once an important commercial activity in this area, which is why many willows grow here. The craft is starting to become popular again these days. Champ Island is rather small, so it's only open to the public Tuesday through Saturday in order to promote the health and safety of the wildlife that lives there. 

From the island, Magnolia Park can be easily reached by a short walk and crossing a bridge. The park has a real model of a two-thousand-year-old park, available for the public to view. There are often activities targeted to children and families hosted there, such as arts and crafts. The park is only open throughout the daytime, so remember that when you are making plans. 

Magnolia Park has activities planned throughout the year, and I'll tell you about a few that are happening this week in the next few days. On Tuesday you can learn about herbs, and how people have historically used them. We'll begin by introducing our herb garden, then try the old technique of using some as dyes for cloth, and finally listen to a lecture on herbs' usages in both cooking and medicine.

And on Thursday, we will join a wildlife expert to discover all kinds of fun facts about the birds and insects which visit the park in the evening. Due to small group sizes, it's best to call and make a reservation ahead of time if you'd like to join in any of our activities here at the park. A small fee is also required for all participants. 

On Saturday, those of you who are interested in helping us care for our park can join a group of volunteers here to do just that. Volunteers on Saturday can choose from a few activities, with some planting new gardens, and others picking up garbage. You can even jump between both if you'd like. The rangers will be working hard throughout the day, but you are welcome to join just for a little while if that's all the time you have. Be sure to remember one thing, though, and that's to wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. 

(Before you hear the rest of the talk, you will have some time to look at questions 17 to 20 [20 seconds]. Now, listen and answer questions 17 to 20.)

Last of all I'd like to tell you about our new recreational area, Kellogg Park, which you can all come back to visit when it opens next month. This picture doesn't actually show how expansive it is, but either way, you can see the two entrances into the park, as well as the walking paths.
If you look here, you'll see that there's a pond in the northeast side of the park, with a bird refuge to the most northeastern point of it at the end of the path. This area will be ideal for those who wish to peacefully watch the birds. 

Fairly close to where refreshments are available, there's a place to walk your dog near the center part of the park, just off the walking path. And, if you prefer to relax in nature, you can visit the rose garden. That's the round spot on the map with paths circling around it.

To wrap it up, there's a small forest in the western section of the park, between two paths which lead to the west gate. OK, that's enough from me, so let's go on to...

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