A day of family wildlife activities was enjoyed by 450 visitors to the Reserve's "Family Spring Watch" on Sunday 23rd May. Organised by The Friends, the event included pond dipping, face painting, bug hunting, badge making, nestbox building, bird watching and making model dragonflies.
The visitors were looked after, entertained, stimulated and informed by 60+ volunteers and Huntingdonshire District Council Countryside Services Rangers, and there literally wasn't a cloud in the sky!
The Reserve's Wildife Explorers and Wildlife Watch children's group organised a very popular wildlife Discovery Trail where the young visitors had to help "Professor Greenbottom" in his quest to uncover Paxton Pits' wildlife.
Bardon Aggregates' Fossil Hunt fascinated young and old alike, and The Wildlife Trust was on hand to introduce the Environmental Education Centre, which is soon to be opened, and the new Little Bugs Club. Little Paxton Scout Group kept everyone supplied with sizzling food throughout the day.
Kati Page, who coordinated the event for The Friends, said
"The smiling young faces (and those of their parents, and grandparents) made the tremendous effort by volunteers and our supporters very worthwhile. With the Reserve bursting with wildlife and looking its very best at this time of year, the Friends' Family Spring Watch was a super day out for families and their children".
The selection of photos says it all……
Marcus Beatt - sizing up his fossil against a model bellonite
Edward Speed - All my own work
Nick Curtis & Sylvia Radley, Little Paxton Scouts - keeping us well fed
Spencer Taylor - How small?