The Mersey Gateway Project

It’s a bug’s life at Mersey Gateway nature event

September 29, 2015LornaNews

Nature lovers in Halton are being given the chance to get up close and personal with beetles and bugs on Saturday 10 October 2015.

The insects will be taking centre stage at a special Beetlemania event hosted by the Mersey Gateway Project at Wigg Island in Runcorn.

Orange Ladybird

Orange Ladybird

It is the third nature event be organised by construction consortium Merseylink in partnership with the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust.

Local ecologist Jeff Clarke will be leading the workshop, which takes place at 10am-12noon and is repeated at 1pm-3pm.

Victoria Pollard, Merseylink’s Environment Manager, said: “Beetles are fascinating insects and this is a great opportunity for local people and families to find out more about a bug’s life. We’ll be demonstrating safe techniques for finding and catching beetles, collecting and identifying ladybirds, and log turning to find ground beetles in various locations on the site.”

A Striped Ladybird taking-off

A Striped Ladybird taking-off

Those who take part will also discover what beetles eat and what eats them, the function of warning colours, the food chain, and the relationship between predators and prey.

There are 20 places available to book on each Beetlemania session. Anyone interested can book a place through the Mersey Gateway Eventbrite page.

Tickets cost £2 for adults and the event is free for children under 16. All profits from the ticket price will go to local environmental charities.



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