"Getting hands on and having a close up look at bugs and slugs and nature is the best way to learn and it’s fun for all ages.”
Dr Dave Skingsley, Senior Lecturer in Biology
Bug lovers of all ages have the chance to get up close and personal with creepy crawlies and beautiful butterflies at Staffordshire University this weekend.
The Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair is returning to campus and experts from the University's Biology and Biomedical Sciences department will help host a variety of activities.
The free family event will feature indoor pond dipping, identification sessions, bug willow weaving, and even a "portable bog" for nature enthusiasts to investigate.
Senior Lecturer in Biology Dr Dave Skingsley helped organise the event, which is now in its second year, alongside Andy Jukes from the Staffordshire Invertebrate Group. He said: “Last year was a huge success and this year's fair is set to be even bigger and better.”
“It's so important to celebrate what our wildlife has to offer – there's so much going on locally and nationally. Getting hands on and having a close up look at bugs and slugs and nature is the best way to learn and it's fun for all ages.”
Visitors can 'Ask the Expert' and bring along bug photos for the county's top experts to identify. Leading wildlife societies are also on hand to offer advice including amongst others: Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, Dipterists Forum, Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society, British Dragonfly Society.
There will also be a range of talks throughout the day including a look at Staffordshire's butterflies with Rhona Goddard. Attendees also have the unique opportunity to listen to Steven Falk, one of the UK’s best known entomologists, who will be discussing his new guide to British Bees as well as being on-hand to sign copies of the book.
The Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair will take place on Saturday 5 March 2016 from 10.30am to 4pm, Science Centre on Leek Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 2DF. Entry to the event and parking on site are free.
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