Arboretum Ugly Bug search – October 2015 half term

(C) Mathew Harrison

(C) Mathew Harrison 2015

Ugly Bug Search at the Yorkshire Arboretum on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm (plus other activities during half term week).

Children and families will have a great time, as well as learning how to protect nature from pesky pests and dreadful diseases, at the Yorkshire Arboretum this October half-term. The arboretum has joined forces with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to lay on a range of outdoor and indoor activities on the bugs that could threaten our plants, trees and honeybees.

Insects are vital to the environment and most are really useful, helping with pollination and pest control. But some can cause a lot of damage to our trees, plants and friendly insects. The half-term activities at the arboretum, adjacent to Castle Howard, will help children and families protect the environment by learning how to recognise signs of such pests. There’ll be a bug hunt trail around the arboretum looking for giant bug models, a chance to use 3D glasses to get a unique view of pests and diseases, a look at how diseases can be spread by bicycle tyres and shoes, and the opportunity to make your own ugly bug to take home.

All activities are free and will be available throughout Plant Health Weekend (Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October) from 10am to 4pm. A static exhibition and self-led activities will run from the 26th October for the rest of half-term. Suitable for 6-12 year olds, children go free but must be accompanied by an adult, for whom the normal arboretum entrance fee applies. No need to book – just turn up and enjoy!


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