On safari in Norfolk Park

Pictured at the Norfolk Park Family Mini Bug Hunt , East Team Park Rangers , Claire Skelton & james Smith with Kids Joe Berry, & Lucy Wright, on the Bug Hunt
Pictured at the Norfolk Park Family Mini Bug Hunt , East Team Park Rangers , Claire Skelton & james Smith with Kids Joe Berry, & Lucy Wright, on the Bug Hunt
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BEWARE of the beasts - the mini-beasts, that is!

More than 40 children went on a summer safari in Sheffield’s Norfolk Heritage Park as part of a programme of holiday activities run by the city’s park ranger teams.

Youngsters and their parents were given the necessary equipment, including sweep nets, bug pots and magnifiers, and went to hunt in the park’s woodland areas.

And they came up with a wide array of creepy-crawlies from the undergrowth, which were then identified with the help of the rangers.

Ranger John Dore said youngsters could take part in the hunt for as long as they wanted.

“We show the kids how to handle the equipment and give them key cards with all the commonest species included,” he said.

“The detail we go into depends on their age. The youngest ones are asked to count how many legs they have, whether they are furry and where they were found.

“With the older ones we make thing slightly more technical, examining their colour, size, their antennae and so on.

“At the end of the examinations we place them back into the woods safe and sound.”

Most of the children found common species like woodlice, slugs and spiders, while others found interesting beetles and the off colourful caterpillar.

“Most of the species we find are common to woods all over Sheffield. We don’t have much in the way of rare creatures - and if we did we wouldn’t want groups of eager kids going and disturbing them!” John said.

“But the sessions are educational, they get children out and about, getting some exercise. And they are taught how to look at things more closely - it’s easy when you’re out to look but not see, and getting close to nature like this is good experience for them,” he added.