Youngsters get up close and personal with bugs at park

UP CLOSE Brother and sister Tivon and Tivka Dillner on their bug hunt. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122541-836)
UP CLOSE Brother and sister Tivon and Tivka Dillner on their bug hunt. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122541-836)
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YOUNGSTERS got in touch with their wild side and hunted down some interesting insects.

It was creepy-crawlies galore as children took park in the Monster Mini-Beast Hunt at Queen Elizabeth Country Park yesterday.

As well as tracking down the little critters, children were involved in a host of nature-themed tasks at the event, aimed at those aged four to 16.

The activities included the Monster Mini-Beast Hunt itself, where the youngsters roamed the woods and grasslands in searched of bugs, with expert advice from the staff at the park.

The children also had the chance to take part in insect-themed crafts, creating artwork inspired by their favourite creepy-crawlies.

Diane Farr, a grandmother from Southsea, took her grandchildren, Felix and Beatrice, both five, along

She said: ‘They’re interested in the insects and snails.

‘They enjoyed learning about the creatures, what environment they live in, where they can collect them from and how to look after them.

‘We’ve been here before to do the pond dipping, and they absolutely loved it.’

Mrs Farr praised the park saying: ‘The staff are all good and they bend over backwards to help you. It’s a lovely area as well.’

Queen Elizabeth Country Park has events throughout early August in build up to the main summer event, Bioblitz.

This will see park staff encourage members of the public to get involved a 24-hour bug hunt in a bid to find 1,000 different creatures.

Bioblitz starts at 4pm on Saturday August 11 and finishes at 4pm the next day.

Booking for most summer events is essential.

For more information call (023) 9259 5040.

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW

· Enjoy a day of family fun at the The News Parent and Child Show at Fareham’s Fernham Hall. There will be a host of fun activities as well as some special guest appearances. The show runs from 10am till 3.30pm. Admission is free.

· Eat like your ancestors at Butser Ancient Farm, Horndean. Try your hand at some cooking and taste the flavours of ancient Britain. Admission is £7 for adults and £3 for children. Butser Ancient Farm is open from 10am to 5pm. For more information call (023) 9259 883.

· Celebrate Charles Dickens’ life and family with a guided tour of the area where they lived and worked. The tour starts at 2.30pm and Victory Gate. For more information call (023) 9282 6722.

· Get in to an 18th century Olympic spirit with a selection of Georgian games and leisure activities at Gilbert White’s House, Selborne. Admission is £7 for adults and £2 for children which also allows entry into galleries, tea shop and gardens. The family fun day starts at 10.30am and lasts till 5.15pm.

· Get your hands on some vintage goodies when the Boutique Market comes back to Little Johnny Russell’s Pub on Albert Road, Southsea. The market starts at 12pm and finishes at 4.30pm. Admission is free.

· Let the kids get stuck in to some arts and crafts with Bob Jobbins Crafty Workshop at Port Solent. Younger children may require some supervision. Call (023) 9221 0606 for more information.