Monday, August 19, 2013

Bug Hunt!

Bugs and other creepy crawlies are usually something to be avoided in museums - they can cause damage to collections - but last week, some intrepid adventurers explored the grounds and ruins of Sandal Castle to discover what creepy crawlie creatures are living there!

The explorers donned magnifying glasses and bug pots, before setting out to explore a variety of habitats.

Cadence looks very carefully, searching for tiny creatures!
We discovered a whole colony of crickets, some fantastic stripey caterpillars, lots of woodlice, slugs and snails, some beautiful butterflies - and even a fabulous frog!

The children were all fantastic at looking really closely for wildlife and being careful and kind with the creatures that they found, with many of them keen to explore the miniature habitats in their own gardens or parks. 

Creatures are examined before carefully returning them to the wild!

If you would like to explore the grounds of Sandal Castle yourself, admission is free and pedestrians can access the grounds all day. The car park is open 9.30am – 7.30pm in summer and till dusk in winter, and the Visitors' Centre is  open to the public Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 4:30pm. See here for more information.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Alison for a lovely activity. The kids all loved it (as always)!!!


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