09/06/2017

Go wild on Bristol’s Downs this summer

A series of wonderful wildlife events for children will be taking place on Bristol Downs and at Bristol Zoo Gardens this summer.

The events offer youngsters aged between eight as 12 the chance to find out about creatures including peregrine falcons, ladybirds and spiders on fun and interesting day courses, costing just £15.

The first, called Fabulous Falcons, takes place on Thursday July 27th and participants will discover amazing facts about the Avon Gorge’s fastest and most beautiful predators, as well as having fun playing peregrine falcon games. In the afternoon children can make origami falcons and other birds with help from origami artist Tony O’Hare. The event runs from 10am, with pick-up at 3.30pm.

In August, an event called ‘Wild Works of Art’ on Thursday August 3rd, gives children the chance to create unique sculptures and 3D pictures using wild materials. In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to craft paper from natural materials, like petals and leaves, with artist Bridget Ely. This day course also runs from 10am until 3.30pm.

The final day course is called ‘Ladybird spotters’ and will take place on Thursday August 10th. The event includes a morning spent searching for lovely ladybirds with Rhian Rowson from Bristol Museum and an afternoon of ladybird games and the chance to make a minibeast hotel for your garden. This event is being run as part of the Big Bug Bonanza, a week-long celebration of the world of bugs by UK zoos.

The events cost £15 per child each and are run by the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project which is based at Bristol Zoo. Drop-off is at 10am and collection at 3.30pm. To book phone 0117 9030609 or e-mail Mandy Leivers on mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project is also holding a special event for grown-ups and older children to celebrate native spiders on Sunday August 13th. The event is a guided walk in the beautiful Avon Gorge, accompanied by Bristol’s very own ‘spider man’ and local spider expert, Mark Pajak. Participants will be shown how to search for signs of the elusive purse web spider (a relative of tarantulas!), jumping spiders as well as many other species.

The ‘Spiders of the Avon Gorge’ walk takes place from 10.30am - 12.30pm and costs £5 per person. Please note, there are very steep slopes and uneven ground on this walk. This event is being run as part of the Big Bug Bonanza, a week-long celebration of the world of bugs by UK zoos. To book phone 0117 9030609 or e-mail Mandy Leivers on mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

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