A Bug Hunt will take place on Saturday 30 June 2012, 2pm until 4pm in Harrogate Valley Gardens as part of celebrations taking place nationwide for National Insect Week which runs from 25 June to 1 July.
Discover the diversity of creepy crawlies and see how many of our great British insects you can find on this fun family hunt. The event is suitable for young and old alike (but all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult please). It will be a centrally based activity so no long distance walking.
The event has been organised to coincide with the Royal Entomological Society’s National Insect Week which this year, inspired by The Olympics in London during 2012 and the Diamond Jubilee of the Society’s Patron HM The Queen, is celebrating all that is great about British insects.
National Insect Week is a biennial initiative to promote awareness of the value of a diverse insect world to the environment and is supported by more than 50 national partner organisations concerned about natural history and biodiversity.
An interactive website www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk gives visitors all the information they need to get involved, from finding out about events taking place in their area to a photography competition and advice on bringing more British insects into our gardens.
Luke Tilley, National Insect Week coordinator, said:
There are lots of events taking place across the country to mark National Insect Week this year which is really exciting given how special 2012 is for Great Britain.
There’s a huge range of activities being staged by local and regional wildlife organisations which will enable children and adults explore the wonderful world of insects for themselves.
For more information about the Bug Hunt contact Robert Marshall on 01423 504186 or visit www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk and click What’s Going On.
Equipment and instruction provided but bring your own if you wish. Outdoor clothing and stout footwear would be the only requirement. Wildlife released unharmed after close inspection with magnifiers.
Meet: Near the War Memorial at the top of the Valley Gardens, between Ebor Way and the Pinewoods, Harrogate. (Grid ref. SE 292 548)