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News - September 2013 - Families find wildlife fun

A day of family wildlife activities was enjoyed by 250 visitors to the "Wildlife - the Bigger Picture" event at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve on Sunday 29th September.
 The event included an Activity Trail, fossil hunting, pond dipping, making mini-wildlife homes, playing the 'Living Landscapes Game', miniature gardens, composting, bird watching and a honey bee display.

The theme of the event was to encourage families to enjoy and experience wildlife and habitats in their own locality.

The event was jointly organised by the Friends of Paxton Pits and the Wildlife Trust BCN (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire), with support from Huntingdonshire District Council Countryside Services, which manages the nature reserve.

Most of the activities took place at the Wildlife Trust's Environmental Education Centre on the Reserve.

The 1st St Neots Scout Group kept everyone supplied with sizzling food throughout the day.

Ray Matthews, Chairman of The Friends, said:

"Once again our volunteers at Paxton Pits have produced an engaging and highly successful event for families. Over 30 combined to give a super day out to so many parents, grandparents and their children. This is just the way to stimulate the next generation's interest in the natural world".

Debbie McKenzie who runs the Environmental Education Centre for The Beds, Cambs & Northants Wildlife Trust said:

'It was wonderful to see so many adults and children out in the sunshine. Everywhere you looked families were busy - making newt homes or miniature wildlife gardens, finding fossils, searching for minibeasts, or pulling amazing creatures from the depths of the ponds.'