Ever wondered what could be seen with eyesight as powerful as Superman's? Now young visitors to RSPB Bempton Cliffs can get an idea of what it would be like to have super-vision by using the nature reserve's powerful new digital microscopes.
During the May Bank Holiday week and the school summer holidays, the East Yorkshire nature reserve will feature an exciting Discovery Zone complete with a suite of four microscopes that children can use to examine things they've found on the reserve.
Jess Mortimer, Visitor Experience Assistant, said: "We are constantly looking for new ways to engage youngsters with the natural world. The digital aspect of the microscopes really appeals to tech-savvy kids and when they see how incredible nature is under a lens, they can't wait to go out again and find something else to examine."
Young scientists-to-be and their parents will be encouraged to explore the nature trail looking for bugs, petals, feathers and any other interesting items. Armed with a Discovery backpack, youngsters will have all the kit they need to unearth wild and wonderful things - including a bug pot to carefully collect creepy crawlies and a pair of binoculars to spot seabirds passing overhead.
Back at the centre, the explorers will be able to look at their 'finds' in minute detail under the microscopes - which can magnify up to 500 times. Members of the visitor experience team will be on hand to help. Any creatures that are examined will be released safely back onto the reserve.
Jess added: "There's sure to be whoops of surprise as beetles appear to be giant monsters or leaves look like entire landscapes - and even more 'oohs' and 'ahhs' as what the child sees down the scope appears on one of the centre's big TV screens."
A Wild Time certificate will be awarded to everyone who spends time in the Discovery Zone as a reminder of all the things they've seen and learnt.
Admission charges: RSPB members, free. Non-members: £3.50 adult, £1.50 child, £8.50 family (2 adults, 2 children). Discovery backpacks cost £3 to hire - there is no extra charge to use the Discovery Zone. Children can also follow a Puffin Trail along the cliff tops.