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Saturday, 26 May 2012

News from the Mountsorrel Railway Wildlife Warriors

Over 60 children and parents attended the latest Mountsorrel Railway Wildlife Warriors event. This was a significant increase in numbers and builds on the success of the previous event, and this was despite the weather being cold and cloudy.

The theme of the session was insects. The children had a fun packed 90 minutes at the railway, building insect hotels. Each child had their own wooden box, which had been hand made by one of our teenage volunteers during their Easter school holidays. The children collected up rotting twigs and hollow stems to put inside the boxes before they were placed at suitable locations alongside the trackbed.

Each bug hotel was named by the children and at a future Warriors event they will be able to return to see what different types of insects have taken up residence.

The children then enjoyed biscuits and drinks before going on a bug hunt to see which family could find the largest variety of different insect species. The winning family managed to find no less than 18 different types and won a prize!

Wildlife Warriors sessions are run by the Mountsorrel Railway ecology group volunteers. The aim of the sessions is to encourage children aged 3-11 and their parents/carers to learn about wildlife through fun ecology based activities and games. The events are FREE for families to attend and the next is planned for August. Please check the website for further details nearer the time or contact Wildlife Warriors leader Caroline Bowler at further details and to register your interest.

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