Getting up close to nature

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our summer event on 30 July – hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! There were a range of activities designed to help you ‘get up close to nature’ – including pond-dipping and a minibeast safari, a walk and talk by renowned naturalist (and the Friends’ very own Patron) David Bevan, family wildlife art and a look at some of Railway Fields’ creatures and plants under our amazing new projecting microscope.


Lacewing eggs – photo by Michael Warhurst

We challenged visitors to Tweet their own photos from the event – check out #FoRFphotos to see the results. Congratulations to winner Michael Warhurst, who took this wonderful picture of lacewing eggs, which are laid on stalks to protect them from predation.

There were more special finds on the day too – including a slow worm, a beautiful small emerald moth and a spectacular (and very hairy) gypsy moth caterpillar.

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event, either by coming along and taking part or helping on the day.


Here’s some of the feedback we received:

“The microscope thing was SUPER!!”

“Today was a special day because I learned more about animals.”

“We’ve had a lovely afternoon. My four-year-old found it all fascinating and engaging.”

“I liked the drawing.”

“Inspiring. Thank you for a beautiful afternoon.”

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Photos by Lizzy, Helen and Paul.

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