People of all ages are being invited to delve into the wonderful world of mini-beasts this half term at RSPB Fairburn Ings, and discover a range of fascinating bugs both in and out of the water.
During the school holidays, families will be able to get hands-on creating homes for creepy crawlies at the nature reserve, near Castleford, or peer into the murky depths of the reserve's ponds and pools with pond dipping.
Sally Granger, Visitor Experience Officer at Fairburn Ings nature reserve, said: "The world of mini-beasts is huge and fascinating. Bugs are an important part of nature; they recycle organic material, pollinate our plants, and provide food for the next link in the chain.
"We often put up boxes for birds, and leave piles of leaf litter for hedgehogs, but creepy crawlies need homes in our gardens too."
The reserve will be running creepy-crawly craft sessions for families to make a cosy home for the bugs in their gardens. These drop-in sessions will run 11 am - 2 pm in the visitor centre, from Tuesday 31 May - Thursday 2 June. Participants can take their beautiful bug homes away with them and see who moves in. Bug homes cost £3 each to make. No booking is necessary for this event.
Visitors can also hire pond dipping kits from the visitor centre to explore the pond life that makes its home on the reserve. Kits can be signed out at a cost of £2 and are free to RSPB members. No booking is necessary for pond dipping.
Further information about this and other events can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/fairburnings, or speak to the staff and volunteers in the visitor centre by calling into the reserve or phoning 01977 628191.