Bugs Fair returns to Staffordshire University

"It's really important that we do what we can to help wildlife thrive locally, especially in urban environments, and we’ll be showing the public lots of simple ways to help our insect population."

Dr Dave Skingsley, Senior Lecturer in Biology

Wildlife lovers are invited to learn more about bugs, bees, butterflies and other natural wonders at the annual Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair this weekend.

Now in its third year, the popular family event returns to Staffordshire University's Science Centre on Saturday 4 March with free entry and a host of bug-related activities.

Visitors can try their hand at bumblebee identification sessions, a beginner’s guide to crane flies and workshops on how to create a bee hotel or a hoverfly lagoon.

Staffordshire University Biology lecturer Dr Dave Skingsley is from the Staffordshire Invertebrate Group and helps to organise the event. He said: “We're thrilled to be bringing back the fair and to build on the success of the previous two years. There is something for everyone and this time it is even more hands on.

“It's really important that we do what we can to help wildlife thrive locally, especially in urban environments, and we’ll be showing the public lots of simple ways to help our insect population.

“Something as easy as planting wild flowers in your garden or making a bee hotel out of bamboo canes can go a long way to protecting nature in our region.”

There will also be talks from leading experts and a number of societies from across the country, including the British Dragonfly Society and the Butterfly Conservation, will be on hand to answer any bug-related questions.

The Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair starts at 10:30am on Saturday 4th March 2017 at Staffordshire University’s Science Centre, Leek Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DY

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