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Wildlife meets wizards

Posted: Wednesday 29th November 2017 by trustadmin

Devon Wildlife Trust Harry Otter eventChildren look at moths through a looking glass

For one day only, the Devon Wildlife Trust HQ turned into a magical world where wildlife came face to face with wizards. Sara-Jane writes her account of the day...

If you have ever visited Cricklepit Mill’s wildlife garden, then you will already know that it’s a special place to enjoy nature. But during the October half term, for over 350 people, the garden became more than a wildlife haven in the city. For one day it was transformed into a magical world for our ‘Harry Otter’ family fun day.

Creating your own wand

Harry Otter event at Cricklepit MillAmong the trees adorned with their show of autumnal splendour, families in pointed hats and dark robes roamed the grounds of the garden, seeking magical activities in which to take part, and to learn something new about a handful of nocturnal creatures. Besides the most popular activity of the day - decorating your very own wand!

Other wildlife themed crafts included making homes for toads out of plant pots, giving the plain surfaces a much needed splash of colour, and constructing bats and spiders using egg boxes within the ‘Dark Arts Cave’.

The ‘fantastic minibeasts and where to find them’ table provided an eye opening opportunity for both children and adults alike. Using a slender, highly magnified camera attached to a screen, the technology enabled families to view the world from the perspective of a moth in amongst lichen coated twigs.

The variety of educational and tangible activities which were offered was a large attraction for families. As a direct result, the event helped to raise over £800 for the Trust. The staff’s characterisations and the enthusiasm of the volunteers made the event one to remember.

Christmas at Cricklepit

For anyone who missed the magic of Harry Otter, there’s a chance to go wild again when Devon Wildlife Trust holds its ‘Christmas at Cricklepit’ event on Sunday 10th December.  

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