A day of family wildlife activities was enjoyed by over 600 visitors to Paxton Pits Nature Reserve Family Fun Day on Sunday 10th June. Organised by the Friends of Paxton Pits, this biennial event included all the children's favourite attractions such as pond dipping, face painting, bug hunting, nestbox building, and Shire horse and cart rides.
New activities this year included digging a wildlife pond, a journey through time, making model dragonflies and prodding pellets to find out what owls had been eating! Little Paxton Scout Group kept everyone supplied with sizzling food throughout the day.
Aggregate Industries' Diggers and Dumpers display gave youngsters the chance to get behind the wheel of machines that created the nature reserve, and their Fossil Hunt fascinated young and old alike. Staff at the quarry have since announced the winner of the Guess the Loading Shovel's Weight competition - lucky Jamie Arber, age 9, will receive a remote controlled model shovel.
The result of the public appeal to find names for the Reserve's two Highland cattle was also announced at the Family Fun Day. Overwhelmed by the number of suggestions, Rangers and the cattle's owner Geoff Bowman chose Rob and Roy, suggested by Laraine Davis.
Jim Stevenson, Huntingdonshire District Council Senior Ranger at the Reserve, said
"This was an amazing effort by over 80 volunteers! They pulled out all the stops to make this a showcase event. With the Reserve bursting with wildlife and looking its very best at this time of year, the Friends' Family Fun Day was a super day out for families and their children".