NATIONAL INSECT WEEK 2014: East Yorkshire goes Insect Crazy

Aphid on leaf, a finalist in the National Insect Week Photographic Competition 2012

Yorkshire Waterways Museum is encouraging people to get up close to the insects living on its towpath nature trail on Saturday 28 June, as part of celebrations taking place nationwide for National Insect Week which runs from 23-29 June 2014.

The Museum, located in Goole East Yorkshire, is staging the self-guided event for anyone interested in insects and wildlife, of any age. Visitors can pay a small deposit to loan Pooters and insect guide books to help identify the wide variety of insects on the nature trail. The event is open from 10am – 4pm and is free of charge. The event is held on the Dutch River Side, Goole and bookings can be made via  Julie Frost on 01405 768 730.

Aphid on leaf, a finalist in the National Insect Week Photographic Competition 2012
Aphid on leaf, a finalist in the National Insect Week Photographic Competition 2012

Also in East Yorkshire, Pearson Park Wildlife Garden in Hull is staging a ‘Brilliant Bugs’ event on Saturday 28 June from 10am – 4pm. Two sessions are running, at 10am and 2pm, for visitors to take part in bug hunts, learn about the mini-beasts they find, and make an insect hotel to take home. This event is suitable for ages 6-16 and admission is £5. Contact Fiona Evans Pearson on 01904 659 570 for more details.

And Spurn National Nature Reserve in Kilnsea will be holding pond dipping sessions on Saturday 28 June from 12noon – 2pm for families to discover insects lurking beneath the water. The event is free of charge and booking is advised on 01302 570 077.

Now in its sixth year and organised by the Royal Entomological Society, the week will see scores of events held across the UK, from bug hunts and bioblitzes to minibeast safaris and moth walks.

National Insect Week is a biennial initiative to promote awareness of the value of a diverse insect world to the environment and is supported by more than 50 national partner organisations concerned about natural history and biodiversity.

An interactive website www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk gives visitors all the information they need to get involved, from finding out about events taking place in their area to a photography competition and advice on bringing more British insects into our gardens.

Royal Entomological Society Director of Outreach, Luke Tilley said:  “Insects may be small, but they have a huge impact on the natural world. There are a wide range of activities being staged during National Insect Week by local and regional wildlife organisations which will enable children and adults alike to explore the wonderful world of insects for themselves.”

Interesting Insect Facts

Dragonfly
Kissing Bug
Aphids
GroundBeetle
Ladybird
HoverFly
Cuckoo Bee

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