Bug hunt invitation at Nelson park

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THE Friends of Marsden Park are inviting local people to discover the bugs that live there tomorrow.

Following the success of last year’s event, the popular Nelson park is again hosting a Big Bug Day.

The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., has been organised by the park’s Friends group, working with Pendle Council’s parks and recreation department. It is suitable for children aged three to 13. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Coun. Nadeem Ahmed, Executive Member for Parks and Recreation, said: “This is a great way to encourage families to get out and enjoy the great outdoors on their doorstep, and to learn about bug life too.

“Marsden Park is the perfect setting for a picnic so why not make a day of it and stay for the whole event?”

Alison Plackett, chairman of Marsden Park Friends Group, said: “Everyone who came along to our first Big Bug Day last year had so much fund we’ve decided to do it all again!

“We’ll be learning about the different types of moths we have in the area and going on a mini beast hunt around the park.

“We’ll be taking children pond dipping, and having a go at earth worm charming too.”

Ranger Rob’s travelling zoo is sure to be a popular attraction once again – you can pet some really big bugs, if you dare!

And you can paint a bug pebble with Walton Lane Children’s Centre.

The majority of the event is completely free, although for a small charge you can have a buggy temporary tattoo or design your own bug.

Refreshments will also be available throughout the event.

The Big Bug Day will go ahead in wet weather with some activities taking place in Marsden Old Hall.